News and Events in libraries

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

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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

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.

The Eichmann Show: Behind the scenes of the dramatisation

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz the BBC will broadcast a series of programmes about the Holocaust. Local art director, Fleur Whitlock, will give an illustrated talk about the making of “The Eichmann Show”, a dramatised account of how the trial of Adolf Eichmann was recorded and broadcast around the world.

  • Monday 19 January 2015
  • 7pm
  • Ham Library
  • No booking required

A Friends of Ham Library event

Songs from the Edwardian Kitchen

Christopher and Maria Hutchison present an illustrated talk on the life and times of Mary Ann Juden (1856-1932), through the words and music of one of the greatest Music Hall stars of the Edwardian era.

The Life and Legacy of George Bradshaw

In his talk Dr. David Turner will discuss the life and legacy of George Bradshaw, whose company published Bradshaw’s Guide which has been made famous by Michael Portillo’s recent television program Great British Railway Journeys. Starting with his upbringing and background, Dr. Turner will discuss how Bradshaw’s name became synonymous with railway timetables in the 1840s, Bradshaw’s untimely death in 1853, and how what he started gave rise to a publishing empire.

Dr. David Turner obtained a PhD in Railway Studies from the University of York and National Railway Museum’s Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History in 2013. He is currently Postgraduate Teaching Fellow at the University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning where he supervises its online postgraduate course in Railway Studies.

575 Wandsworth Road: An extraordinary home and an intriguing work of art

Maria Devaney of the National Trust will talk about one of the Trust’s recent acquisitions, 575 Wandsworth Road. This modest terraced house has been turned into an inspiring work of art with hand-carved fretwork patterns and motifs by its previous owner, Kenyan-born poet and novelist, Khadambi Asalache.

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: 15 December 2014