News and Events in libraries

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

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Know Your Place

Welcome to the second year of Know Your Place - a month long festival celebrating the wonderfully rich and varied history of Richmond upon Thames.

Our programme comprises a huge range of events throughout the borough and has something for everyone.

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Calling all explorers!

Starting in August and running until the end of September the Know Your Place treasure trail is a great way to explore the borough’s history.

We want explorers of all ages to take part in this huge borough wide adventure.

Find out more about the KYPcache

Borough walks

Get out and enjoy the late summer sun and get to know more about Richmond upon Thames rich heritage with a guided tour. No need to book, just find the meeting point and pay your guide on the day.

LiveWell Richmond drop-in sessions

Come along to one of our LiveWell Richmond drop-in sessions for information and advice on a range of health issues including diet, sexual health, stress, stopping smoking, alcohol use or help becoming more active.

Sessions are free and no appointment is necessary.

Date Time Venue
Saturday 4 October 11am – 4pm Richmond Library
Saturday 11 October 11am – 4pm Twickenham Library
Saturday 18 October 11am – 4pm Hampton Library
Saturday 25 October 11am – 4pm Castelnau Library

Upcoming events

Craft Fair

Stalls, which are run by local people, include hand crafted jewellery, cards and cushions, quilts, scarves and hats, stationary, beauty products and paintings.

IT & Tea Week September 22-27

Join us for a week of digital learning all washed down with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit. From Family History to Twitter, understanding apps to hooking up to Wi-Fi there’s something to suit everyone.

You’ll be in the company of other learners keen to get a taste of new technology in an informal setting. You don’t need to know anything about IT to join in, it’s all about discovering information technology.

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Sopwith Aircraft and World War I

David Hassard, of the Kingston Aviation Centenary Project will present a talk about the Sopwith Aviation Company and their aircraft in World War I.

Hawker Aircraft & the Richmond Road Factory: Free Exhibition

Come along and see historic photographs, paintings and aircraft models. Meet ex-colleagues from Hawker and BAe Kingston. Bring your documents and photographs for us to scan for our website and archives.

  • Friday 3 October 12pm to 5.30pm and Saturday 4 October 10am to 3.30pm
  • Ham Library
  • Free

Local poet Carolyn O’Connell talks about her work and reads her poems

Timelines is the first full collection from Carolyn O’Connell. Carolyn writes accessible poetry on a variety of themes and the collection will have broad appeal to all poetry lovers.

Carolyn’s poems have been published in Envoi, Interpreters House, Brando’s Hat & Aireings, Poetry Society “Celebrating Adlestrop” Tribute Poems and other online poetry sites and anthologies. She has taken part in the poetry translation project whereby her poems have been translated and broadcast in Romanian.

Signed copies of the book will be available to buy during the evening

  • Monday 6 October 2014 3pm – 4pm
  • Ham Library
  • Tickets £2.00 - including refreshments
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York House, Twickenham: From Royal Connections to Naked Ladies

The York House Society, in its 91st year, is the oldest amenity society in Twickenham. In this illustrated talk, Yvonne Hewett, Chair Society, will tell the story of the York House, some of the people who did – and didn't – live there, and how it was saved in the 1920s.

African Voices: Poetry in partnership with Exiled Writers Ink

To celebrate Black History Month 2014 we bring together a group of dynamic African poets engaged in both over there and over here.

Belinda Zhawi is a writer from Zimbabwe who has performed across the UK at venues, festivals and events including TATE, Barbican, Bestival, Big Chill, Tongue Fu, Book Slam and Poejazzi.

Freddy Macha was born on the slopes of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He is a prolific writer of prose, poetry, plays and songs as well as being a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and performer.

Handsen Chikowore is also from Zimbabwe and a human rights activist, has had his poetry published in magazines and perceives poetry as an outlet for expression that is both informing and entertaining.

A History of Cryptic Crosswords with Alan Connor

The crossword recently celebrated its 100th birthday and local author Alan Connor has written a book about some of the extraordinary things it has got up to as it evolved into the world’s most popular intellectual pastime. Alan will be talking about his book and its people and events, from PG Wodehouse to Stephen Sondheim and a welder's strike to codebreaking at Bletchley Park.

After the talk, there will be a Q&A for all matters wordplay, anagrammatical and cryptically humorous.

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.

Storytime

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: 23 September 2014