Knit, weed, write and read at your local library

Release Date: 11 May 2017

Reading, knitting and gardening are just three of the social activity groups that residents can join at their local library, helping people to make new friends and learn a new skill.

We all know that libraries are great for borrowing books but did you know that you can also join a variety of social groups and learn a new skill?


Perhaps you have always wanted to get involved with play reading or you would like to learn how to upcycle your much loved fabrics? All of these and more are available near you through the Council’s library service.


Groups include:

  • Reading groups
  • Play reading
  • Women’s writing
  • Short story and poetry reading
  • ‘Knot just Knitting’ sessions
  • Make Do and Mend (charges may apply for materials)
  • Gardening (as a library volunteer)


Ishbel Murray, Assistant Director for Contracts and Leisure, said:

“These groups show the important role our libraries play in combating social isolation, bringing local people together in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment where they can make new friends as well as take up new hobbies and interests.

Attendees do not need to book and can go to What's on webpage to find out more information.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P212/17

Updated: 21 June 2017