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 6 November 2pm - 4pm Richmond Lending Library
Thursday 13 November 2pm - 4pm Twickenham Library
Tuesday 18 November 2pm - 4pm Teddington Library
Thursday 27 November 2pm - 4pm East Sheen Library
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

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 18 October 11am – 4pm Hampton Library
Saturday 25 October 11am – 4pm Castelnau 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

Upcoming events

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.

Get Online Week 2014

13-19 October is the 8th national Get Online Week, inspiring people across the UK to get online and do more with digital skills.

If you know someone who could benefit from learning some online skills – whether that’s starting at the very beginning or simply learning a bit more about how they could use the internet to make life easier – tell them about our free events this year.

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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.

Talk on Dementia and Research into Dementia

By a psychologist from the West London Mental Health Trust.

Ham Remembers

Under the auspices of the Friends of Ham Library a team of local historians is researching those men commemorated on the Parish War memorial who died in the First World War.

You are invited to join us for a presentation in which we will share some of our findings and give you the opportunity to discover more about those men who lived in our locality.

  • Tuesday 11 November 7.30pm
  • Ham Library
  • Free event no booking required

Exploring History: Both local and beyond

Come along to a new informal book group with a twist. As well as exploring history through reading we will be arranging visits to local points of interest.

If you think you might be interested come along and find out more. No expert knowledge required!

  • Wednesday 12 November 6pm – 7pm Whitton Library
  • No booking required

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.

  • Saturday 1 November and Saturday 6 December
  • 11am – 3pm
  • Twickenham Library

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

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 October 2014