News and Events in libraries

A variety of events are held regularly in the borough's libraries.

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Try before you buy week 2014

Thinking of buying a tablet, iPad or eReader this Christmas but not sure which to get? Come along to Try Before You Buy Week 2014 and we will show you an iPad, Samsung tablet, Kindle Fire and Hudl as well as a selection of eReaders.

The Information & eServices team will be on hand to demonstrate the devices and you can have a go too!

  • Monday 24 - Saturday 29 November
  • Free event but booking is essential.

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Volunteering Richmond drop-in sessions

Volunteering Richmond will be holding weekly drop in sessions:

These are sessions for organizations wanting to recruit volunteers and for residents to find out about volunteering opportunities.

Healthwatch Richmond drop-in sessions

Healthwatch Richmond will be holding drop-in sessions at the following libraries to provide information on navigating the complex world of Health and Social Care.

Date Time Venue
Thursday 4 December 2pm - 4pm Whitton Library
Tuesday 9 December 2pm - 4pm Hampton Library
Tuesday 20 January 2pm - 4pm Ham Library
Tuesday 27 January 2pm - 4pm Castelnau Library
Thursday 5 February 2pm - 4pm Hampton Hill Library

Work Club: Online job search and application

Help is available to:

  • Set up an email address
  • Set up an Universal Job Match account (UJM)
  • Search for jobs and apply online
  • Create a CV and upload to job sites
  • Use a memory stick to store a CV and email employers
  • Email CVs to employers with covering letter/note

Speak to your Work Coach or just drop in.

Dates and times

Library friends groups

Some of our libraries have local friends groups. Please contact your local library for more information.

Upcoming events

Hampton Wick: Brick by Brick Volume 3

Come and listen to local historian Ray Elmitt as he gives a 30 minute talk to launch his latest and final volume describing the fascinating history of the buildings of Hampton Wick, including the High Street, Hampton Court Road, Old Bridge Street, Upper Teddington Road, the Barge Walk and the Royal Parks.

Christmas in the Trenches

Discover how British servicemen and civilians in Blighty celebrated Christmas during WW1. Illustrated with slides of contemporary cards. By speaker and performer Nick Dobson.

Craft Market at Twickenham Library

Come along to one of our small local craft markets at Twickenham Library. There'll be a range of local stallholders selling different products…..make it a regular date in your diary.

If you want to hire a stall at Twickenham Library Craft Fair contact Kim Hacker. Stalls are £15 for the session.

Phone: 07752 190 391

Impressionism and its Pioneers

In the second of her occasional series of lectures on aspects of Art, Professor Wesam Besher will present an extensively illustrated lecture on the historical and cultural origins of the School of Impressionism; how it broke the previous 'rules' of painting technique; its favourite subjects which reflect the pre-eminent importance of light; and its leading members, including Delacroix, Manet, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Doctor Besher is an academic and has been a professor of Art History, Criticism and Aesthetics for 16 years. Her career has also included roles as a museum deputy director for cultural affairs and as a curator; she has presented many public lectures and symposia and been a scriptwriter and presenter of TV programmes on the Arts and Culture. She has also published a wide range of scientific research and articles in the field of Art.

Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you manage your well-being using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including depression and anxiety.

Download the Books on Prescription leaflet(pdf, 650KB) for more information about the scheme and details of what to do next. A Books on Prescription guide for health professionals(pdf, 244KB) is also available.

Children's events

For details of other library events for children and teens, please see the Young People's Library Services page.


All libraries hold a storytime for the under-5s once a week; see the Storytime page for details.

Tiny Teddies

Most libraries also hold monthly bounce and rhyme sessions for pre-school children, called Tiny Teddies. These sessions are great fun and include songs, rhyme and stories. All these activities are free of charge.

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Updated: 28 November 2014