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To celebrate Cityread London 2014 we have events taking place across our libraries throughout April.
Cityread London is an annual festival of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the city’s inhabitants, workers and visitors. Taking place each April, Cityread London encourages the capital to simultaneously pick up a book and read it together.
Read more about Cityread London and the chosen books for 2014.
The Ham Portfolio: Three Outstanding National Trust Properties
Naomi Campbell of the National Trust talks about her role as Property Manager for the Ham Portfolio. The properties for which she is responsible are Sutton House (a Tudor home built in Hackney in 1535 by a prominent courtier of Henry VIII), Ham House (bestowed by James I to his son, the then Prince of Wales), and 75 Wandsworth Road (a modest early 19th-century terraced house full of rich and striking hand-carved interiors, created by a Kenyan-born novelist, poet and philosopher).
Monday 17 March 2.30pm Ham Library
Tickets £2 including refreshments.
Professor Wesam Besher: Turner and Romanticism
Professor Wesam Besher will present an extensively illustrated lecture on aspects of JMW Turner's work, looking at his development as an artist, but with particular focus on his contribution to the Romantic school of painting. She will also put this in the wider context of preceding styles, such as Classicism, as well as considering Nature painting, and the work of other Romantic artists who were Turner's contemporaries.
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 curator and deputy for cultural affairs; she has presented many public lectures and symposia and been a scriptwriter and presenter of TV programmes on the Arts and Culture.
Saturday 22 March 2:30pm Twickenham Library
Tickets £2 including refreshments
Parades, Purges and Policemen - An evening with author William Ryan
Historical crime novelist William Ryan talks about the inspiration for his widely praised Captain Korolev series, set in 1930s Moscow, and how he went about reconstructing the secretive and strange world in which they are set. William’s research for his novels has touched on mind control, water ballet, football and catacombs – and he has the slide show to prove it!
William's novels - The Holy Thief, The Bloody Meadow and The Twelfth Department - have been published in 18 countries (including Russia) and shortlisted for numerous prizes - including the Crime Writer's Association New Blood and Historical Daggers, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year. He lives in London with his wife and son and an ever-growing library of Russian history and literature.
Hampton Library Tuesday 25 March 2014 7pm – 8pm
Tickets £2.00 - including refreshments
To book please contact your local library on 020 8734 3347 or book online.
Early Vegetarian Recipes
Anne O’Connell will talk about her new book: Early Vegetarian Recipes. With recipes dating from 1691 up to 1914, 'Early Vegetarian Recipes' explores what life was like for vegetarians in the days before veggie sausages were in the shops.
With a more limited range of ingredients to choose from, these early recipes rely on inventiveness, eating with the seasons and a spirit of making the most of what you have.
Saturday 29 March 2.30pm - 3.30pm Whitton Library
Tickets £2 including refreshments. Please book online.
Spring Online is an award-winning initiative that makes it possible for people to find out about the online world. This year, between 31 March - 5 April 2014 we will help and inspire local people achieve a lasting use of the internet with IT sessions on a wide range of subjects. Topics include Skype, Twitter, eReaders, iPads, Family History and more.
Come along to our craft fair for locally run stalls including hand crafted jewellery, cards, quilts, scarves hats, stationary, beauty products, paintings and much more.
Saturday 14 June 11am - 3pm Twickenham Library.
Volunteering Richmond: Inspiring and supporting volunteering
Come along to one of our outreach sessions held in the following libraries and chat to one of our team about volunteering opportunities.
- Tuesday 26 November & Tuesday 7 January 2pm – 4pm Kew Library
- Wednesday 4 December & Wednesday 19 March 12pm – 2pm East Sheen Library
- Monday 9 December 5pm – 7pm Twickenham Library
- Wednesday 11 December 2pm – 4pm Hampton Wick Library
- Monday 16 December & Wednesday 5 February 4pm – 6pm Richmond Library
- Wednesday 13 February 4pm – 6pm Whitton Library
- Thursday 18 February and Tuesday 18 March 4pm – 6pm Teddington Library
- Wednesday 26 February 4pm – 6pm Hampton Hill Library
- Tuesday 25 March 2pm – 4pm Hampton Library
For more information and details of other sessions please visit the Volunteering Richmond website.
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.
For details of other library events for children and teens, please see the Young People's Library Service news and events page.
All libraries hold a storytime for the under-5s once a week; see the Storytime page for details.
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.