Events in libraries

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

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Try Before You Buy 2017

Thinking of buying a tablet or iPad this Christmas? Not sure which one to get?

Before deciding which would be best for you, why not get some hands-on experience? We'll show you how iPads work and what different Android tablets can do. Come along, indulge in a mince pie, and try before you buy!

These drop-in sessions all being held at the Information & Reference Library. You do not need to book in advance.

Try Before You Buy timetable
Date Time
Tuesday 12 December 10.30 to 11.30am
Thursday 14 December 2.30 to 3.30pm
Wednesday 20 December 5 to 6pm

Play reading group

Our play reading group read a different play each time.

Please contact Twickenham Library if you are interested in coming to one or all of the sessions.

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 contact Richmond Library if you are interested in coming to one or all of the sessions.

Short Story and Poetry Reading group

The group is currently full and not accepting new members.

Enjoy lively and thought-provoking discussion at our weekly reading group with a difference.

We read a complete short story and poem each week and discuss them in detail.

We often discuss the lives of the authors and poets and relate them to their life and times.

There is no requirement to read aloud or participate more than you want to, and there's no need to read anything beforehand.

For more information please call in at Twickenham Library or phone 020 8734 3340.

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 take place from 10am to 12 noon every:

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.

Library Friends Group events

Ham is where the heart is

'Ham is where the heart is' is an exciting new Heritage Lottery Funded oral history project (also supported by Ham Amenities Group and Petersham United Charities) which needs your help to capture unique and fascinating stories.

We need people to be trained to conduct interviews, suggestions for interviewees; volunteers to undertake background research, donations or loans of photographs and memorabilia for copying; help with establishing a website and setting up a learning resource; and much, much more.

For more information contact Jill Lamb by email, phone 07855 065 945 or leave a message c/o Ham Library.

In association with Ham United Group.

Skills and support

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

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Updated: 15 December 2017