Events in libraries

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

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Get Online Week

Get Online Week is back! Join us at the Old Town Hall from 17 to 23 October to find out how the internet can make life easier, cheaper, healthier and more fun!

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Aftershock: Matthew Green - Fighting war, surviving trauma and finding peace

Over the last decade, we have sent thousands of people to fight on our behalf. But what happens when these soldiers come back home, having lost their friends and killed their enemies, having seen and done things that have no place in civilian life?

Aftershock, a hard-hitting account of the hidden cost of conflict, looks beyond the headline-grabbing statistics and the labels of post-traumatic stress disorder to get to the heart of today's post-conflict experience.

Matthew Green uses wide-ranging interviews with former combatants, serving personnel and their families, physicians, therapists, and psychiatrists to  tell the story of our veterans' journey from the frontline of combat to the reality of return. Green asks what lessons have been learned from past wars, and explores the range of help currently available, from traditional talking cures to cutting-edge scientific therapies.

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Hampton Court: The Indian Connection - A talk with Ian Franklin

Many Grace and Favour residents had connections with British India. Hear some of their stories and in particular meet Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, royal suffragette, and subject of Anita Anand’s recent biography. In 1902, 1911, 1919 and 1937 ‘colonial’ troops from India and nearby countries were based at Hampton Court. See what their camps were like and how they affected the British people they came into contact with.

Ian Franklin has been a State Apartment Warder at Hampton Court Palace for 18 years. He has featured on Sky and Discovery TV as well as all the major terrestrial TV channels, local and national radio.

Celebrating Black History Month

  • Date: Wednesday 12 October
  • Time: 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Location: Teddington Library
  • Price: Tickets £3 including refreshments

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Seacole and Nightingale: The pioneers of wartime nursing

Remarkably for a nineteenth century conflict, two of the best remembered people to emerge from the Crimean War were women. Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale revolutionised modern wartime nursing.

In recent years the reputation of both women has controversially changed. Nick Dobson will look at the careers of both these pioneers of battlefield nursing and try to cut through the controversy to re-evaluate their place in history.

Celebrating Black History Month

  • Date: Saturday 15 October
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library
  • Price: Tickets £3 including refreshments

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Living and feeling well on a budget: With Dr Carin Bernard

Chronic diseases are on the rise and we need to start to manage our health more consciously in the communities. Self-care is a way forward.

This talk is a practical approach to help you make some achievable changes to your energy levels, weight and general wellbeing in the demanding times in which we live.The methods used follow recent health findings in research as well as traditional approaches. They are easy to follow and consume neither too much precious time or money.

This will enable you to attain your best health potential, manage and support your wellbeing, with a view to making relevant shifts to your weight, energy and mood levels. This can be life enhancing.

  • Date: Monday 17 October
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Ham Library
  • Price: Free event but booking is required

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West Indian Cricket: With author Colin Babb

The revised and updated edition of They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun explores the relationship between West Indies cricket and the Caribbean community in Britain. Author Colin Babb reflects on the history of the relationship and the challenges cricket now faces as a source of pride for the Caribbean diaspora in Britain.

Colin describes himself as a British Born Caribbean. His family is from Guyana, Guadeloupe and Barbados. Colin worked for the BBC as a radio producer, a website producer, and a broadcast journalist.

During the evening, there will also be 'plenty fun' with mystery prizes, quizzes, video clips and music!

Celebrating Black History Month

  • Date: Thursday 20 October
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Richmond Library Annexe
  • Price: Tickets £3 including refreshments

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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

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.

Skills and support

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

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Updated: 22 September 2016