Events in libraries

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

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Try Before You Buy tablet sessions

Thinking of buying a tablet this Christmas? Not sure which to get?

Why not have a go before deciding which one is best for you? We'll show you how iPads work and what different Android tablets look like. All sessions are drop-in at the Information & Reference Library, Richmond. There's no need to book, just come along and try before you buy!

Session timetable
Date Time
Thursday 1 December 2.30 to 3.30pm
Tuesday 6 December 10.30 to 11.30am
Thursday 8 December 2.30 to 3.30pm
Wednesday 14 December 5.30 to 6.30pm
Saturday 17 December 10.30 to 11.30am
Monday 19 December 4.30 to 5.30pm

Discovery Workshops

Want information you can trust? We'll show you how to get what you need. We'll help you find the best sites, apps and online resources

All you need to do is book in to one of our free Discovery Workshops taking place in November at the Information & Reference Library.

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Christmas Craft Fair

Avoid the jostle of the high street and find unique locally hand crafted goods in a relaxed environment at the Twickenham Library Christmas craft fair. The event includes a very special visit from Father Christmas.

Play reading group

Our new play reading group will be meeting on the third Thursday of every other month. We will read a different play each time.

Upcoming reading groups:

Please let the library know if you are interested in coming to one or all of the sessions on 020 8734 3340 or email

Women’s writing group

Meet like-minded people, develop your ideas and pick up some tips.

  • Date: Third Saturday of every other month.
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Location: Richmond Library

Please let the library know if you are interested in coming to the sessions on 020 8734 3330 or email

'Share a Book' reading group

Reading takes me to another world, it helps me to see things differently.

'Share a Book' is a reading group with a difference. Come and join our relaxing weekly meetings as we read a selection of stories and poems together over a cup of tea.

You'll be under no pressure to read or participate more than you want to, and there's no need to read anything beforehand.

For more information please call in at Twickenham Library or phone 020 8734 3340.

Knot Just Knitting

Join us at one of our knitting, crocheting and embroidery groups. Each group meets once a month between 10am and 12 noon. Just turn up with yarn and needles to join in!

Contact the relevant library for more information.

Make Do and Mend

Our crafty ‘Make Do and Mend’ classes will be starting up again in September. Sessions take place from 10am to 12 noon.

  • Every Tuesday morning at Ham Library, beginning Tuesday 6 September
  • Every Thursday morning at Whitton Library, beginning Thursday 8 September

Charges may apply - contact your local group facilitator for further details.

Craft Fairs

Craft markets regularly take place at Twickenham Library, East Sheen Library and Ham Library.

The fairs host stalls, run by local people, selling unique hand-crafted goods including jewellery, stationery, beauty products, painting and homewares.

Contact the relevant library for more information.

Teddington Gardening Group

The gardening group does not have a dedicated time to meet, but are regularly at Teddington Library working on the garden.

If you are interested in helping with the garden and/or joining the group, please call 020 8734 3304 or email

Children's events

For information about library events for children and teens visit Young People's Library Services.

LIbrary Friends Group events

1916: The year war came to Hampton Wick

One hundred years ago the realities of war came home to Hampton Wick. Join us for a talk by Alison Merrington, brought to you by The Friends of Hampton Wick Library.

  • Date: Wednesday 16 November
  • Time: 6pm Reception at Hampton Wick Library, 7pm Talk by Alison Merrington in Bullen Hall
  • Location: Hampton Wick Library
  • Price: £3

Tickets are available to puchase in person at Hampton Wick Library, or on the Friends of Hampton Wick Library website.

The Script Room

The Script Room is Richmond's try-out space for new theatre writing. Come along to our rehearsed reading. Hear new scripts and meet the writers.

Visit The Script Room website for tickets and more information.

In association with Friends of Whitton Library

Ham is where the heart is

'Ham is where the heart is' is an exciting new Heritage Lottery Funded oral history project (also supported by Ham Amenities Group and Petersham United Charities) which needs your help to capture unique and fascinating stories.

We need people to be trained to conduct interviews, suggestions for interviewees; volunteers to undertake background research, donations or loans of photographs and memorabilia for copying; help with establishing a website and setting up a learning resource; and much, much more.

For more information contact Jill Lamb by email, phone 07855 065945 or leave a message c/o Ham Library.

In association with Ham United Group

Skills and support

Drop in sessions and groups to develop skills and meet new people.

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Updated: 25 November 2016