Events in libraries

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

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Cityread London 2015

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.

To celebrate Cityread London 2015 we have events taking place across our libraries throughout April.

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Spring Online 2015

Are you an IT beginner looking to learn new skills? Spring Online 2015 is a week of IT introduction sessions aimed at complete beginners. Participants will have the opportunity to get to grips with useful IT skills and programs including:

  • Creating an email account
  • Internet searching
  • Laptop basics
  • Online shopping
  • Word & Excel

Events take place Monday 20 April to Saturday 25 April 2015 at the Information & Reference Library.

All sessions are free to attend, but booking is essential.

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You are never too old to start writing: A talk with local author Stephen Jakobi

Local author Stephen Jakobi started writing his memoirs after he retired from his work as an international human rights lawyer. Stephen had a long and high profile career helping Britons in legal trouble abroad and he founded the organisation ‘Fair Trials Abroad’ in 1992. He was later recognised for his work and appointed an OBE. The launch of Stephen’s first book, his memoirs, called Freeing the Innocent coincided with his 80th birthday and he firmly believes you are never too old to start writing – and getting published!

The event takes place on Thursday 14 May from 7 to 8pm at Ham Library.

Tickets are £3 including refreshments.

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Childhood memories of Ham and Petersham

Gerald Stevens will talk about his book 'Childhood memories of Ham and Petersham'. If you remember Ham and Petersham in the last sixty years, come along and compare notes with Gerald. Or if you are new to the area, come along and discover how this locality has altered in the recent past.

The event takes place on Monday 18 May at 3pm at Ham Library.

Tickets are £3 including refreshments.

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Writing a psychological thriller: A talk with local author Fleur Smithwick

Local author Fleur started writing when her children were tiny. She wrote many romances and considers the time well spent, despite regular rejections. After a hiatus, she started writing for short story competitions and one of her winning short stories became the basis for How to Make a Friend. The book is about Alice and her childhood imaginary friend, who reappears after Alice has an accident in adulthood.

Fleur will talk about her journey from unpublished hopeful to becoming a published author, the pitfalls along the way and where she got the idea for her successful book, which was then published by Random House.

The event takes place on Friday 22 May from 3 to 4pm at East Sheen Library.

Tickets are £3 including refreshments.

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Twickenham Library Craft Markets

Come along to one of our regular craft markets held on the ground floor of Twickenham Library on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm.

Upcoming craft markets:

  • Saturday 16 May
  • Saturday 27 June

Stalls are available for hire. For more information contact Kim Hacker or Maris Henderson by email at, or

Play reading group

Our new play reading group will be meeting at Twickenham Library from 2 to 5pm on Fridays.

Upcoming reading groups:

  • Friday 17 April
  • Friday 19 June
  • Friday 13 August
  • Friday 16 October
  • Friday 18 December

We will read a different play each time. Please let the library know if you are interested in coming to one or all of the sessions.

Phone 020 8734 3340 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: 10 April 2015