Events in libraries

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

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Community volunteering

Do you have a few hours to spare? Come and meet Community Connections Richmond for information on volunteering opportunities for people aged 18 and over.

The sessions will take place on the following dates:

For more information visit the Richmond CVS website.

Marianne North, her Gallery at Kew Gardens and its restoration

Join Jonathan Farley, Senior Conservator at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew for a fascinating talk on Marianne North's gallery at Kew Gardens and its restoration. A Ham Library Friends Group event.

  • Date: Wednesday 18 May
  • Time:3pm
  • Location: Ham Library
  • Price: £3 on the door, including refreshments

Teen author event: Sarah Mussi

Sarah Mussi is a Gloucestershire girl who lived in West Africa for many years. She travelled across the Sahara desert and explored lots of weird and wonderful places. Sarah’s YA thriller Siege was nominated for the CILIP Medal and her novel Riot won the Lancashire Book Award, which Bomb has also been shortlisted for just this spring. Her latest novel Here Be Dragons was showcased in The People’s Prize.

Copies of Sarah Mussi’s books will be available for purchase provided by The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop.

The event is free and no booking is required.

Festival of Learning 2016

Festival of Learning is a national celebration of lifelong learning, with 'Have a Go' learning events taking place across the borough’s libraries throughout June. Have a go at something new, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!

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Creative Writing: Telling Stories

Join us for a practical creative writing session as part of Festival of Learning 2016. You will learn about the importance of stories for communication and craft a short story drawing on your own life experience.

  • Date: Wednesday 8 June
  • Time: 2 to 4pm
  • Location: East Sheen Library
  • Price: £3 including refreshments

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Our Class, Our Stories

Students from the Storytelling and Communication class at RACC are excited to be sharing some of their work in Richmond Library. This year they have been working on ways they can communicate about events in their own lives.

Using storytelling techniques which have been passed on since very early times they will be sharing snippets of their own stories as well as a traditional tale which they have been working on together.

Alexander Pope: A Search for Perfection

Alexander Pope: Celebrated poet, savage satirist, Twickenham resident. Persecuted, disabled, alienated. Award winning blind Storyteller, Giles Abbott weaves the complexities of Pope’s life into a new piece commissioned by The Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust.

  • Date: Monday 4 July
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library
  • Price: £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.

Library Craft Markets

Come along to one of our craft markets. Stalls are available for hire.

Craft markets regularly take place at Twickenham Library, East Sheen Library and Ham Library. 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: 23 May 2016