Community activities in libraries
Find a group to learn a new skill, or come along to one of our regular craft fairs.
- Club di Conversazione
- French Conversation Group
- Make Do and Mend
- Novel Steps
- Open Gaming Meetup
- Page Turners
- Reminiscence Cafe
- Transform Work Life
Practice your Italian in a small group with a native speaker. Come and join the conversation with other learners and enthusiasts and gain confidence under the supervision of native Italian speaking volunteers! Speakers of all levels are invited to participate, although previous knowledge of Italian is helpful.
- Mixed abilities group meets on the second Wednesday of every month
- Intermediate and advanced learners group meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month
- Time: 5 to 6pm
- Location: Zoom
Free event, booking essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Join us and practise your French in a small group with a native speaker. Come and join the conversation with other learners and enthusiasts and gain confidence under the supervision of native French speaking volunteers! Speakers of all levels are invited to participate, although previous knowledge of French is helpful.
Currently closed to new members.
- Date: Every Wednesday
- Time: 10.30 to 11.30am
- Location: Whitton Library
Our crafty Make Do and Mend classes take place from 10am to 12 noon every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- Date: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- Time: 10am to 12 noon
- Location: Ham Library (Tuesdays and Saturdays), Twickenham Library (Wednesdays), Whitton Library (Thursdays and Saturdays)
Charges may apply - contact your local group facilitator for further details.
Would you like to explore the beautiful borough of Richmond Upon Thames while discussing a range of novels?
We meet each month for a friendly and informal small group stroll to chat about books, life, the universe and everything while getting some fresh air and gentle exercise.
This month, we will discuss Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, which tells the story of her life in Tehran from six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution and the devastating effects of war with Iraq
- Date: Thursday 26 May 2022
- Time: 10.30 to 11.30am
- Location: Hatherop Park, Hampton
- Price: Free, but booking is essential
Whether you are a board game enthusiast or new to the scene, come and join us for a new monthly open gaming event and have fun, meet new people and try a new game or two. Choose from the dozens of games available or bring along your favourite to share.
Sessions run from 10am to 4pm on the following Saturdays each month:
- First Saturday - Whitton Library
- Second Saturday - Twickenham Library
- Third Saturday - Richmond Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ellis Suite
This event is free and no booking is required. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
During these uncertain times, Richmond Library Service is here to offer you comfort and connection through great literature. We are working with The Reader to bring literature to life in your home, wherever you are.
Our new Page Turner sessions will bring you a wonderful shared reading experience. There is no need to read anything in advance, just join the sessions ready to explore new stories.
Choose a session to suit you. These take place both online and in libraries. No need to book!
Sessions are on:
- Tuesdays - 10.45 to 11.45am at Castelnau Library
- Wednesdays - 2 to 3pm at Whitton Library
- Thursdays - 2 to 3pm via Zoom
Are you aged over 65 years and interested in socialising in an informal and friendly setting? Do you enjoy listening to talks on history and local interest topics?
Then our Reminiscence Café is just the right thing for you! Each month the Reminiscence Café provides a space to socialise and enjoy talks on a variety of topics by guest speakers.
Literature of the Thames Estuary
Join Nick Dobson for a virtual cruise along the Thames from the Dartford Crossing to Shoeburyness.
We'll be taking in the rich history and literature of the area along the way and meeting authors such as Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad and Mary Shelley among others.
The Reminiscence Café is a free monthly event which offers talks on local and national history and culture.
- Date: Friday 27 May 202
- Time: 11am
- Location: Twickenham Library
- Price: Free, no booking required
Starting from 28 June 2022, we are working in collaboration with a Careers Development Institute registered practitioner and mentor to help Richmond residents make the most of their career development opportunities.
- Date: 28 June 2022, and further dates to be confirmed upon registration
- Time: 10am to 12 noon
- Location: Richmond Old Town Hall
- Price: Free for Richmond residents
Currently suspended activities
In accordance with government advice to limit the spread of COVID-19, the following activities and events at Richmond upon Thames Libraries are suspended until further notice.
- Shared words
- Craft fairs
- Knot Just Knitting
- Bingo Extravaganza
- Library Friends Group events
- Coffee morning
Take a break at our relaxing monthly sessions as we read a selection of non-fiction material together.
You will be under no pressure to read or participate more than you want, and there's no need to read anything beforehand.
Join us at our wonderful Craft fairs where local crafters will be selling hand made wares, including ceramics, prints, handmade hair accessories, cards, henna and much more.
There is a craft for everyone! Take part in a workshop and get creative this Spring.
Join us at one of our knitting, crocheting and embroidery groups. Each group meets twice a month between 10am and 12 noon. Just turn up with yarn and needles to join in.
Need a midweek pick-me-up? Eyes down and have a bit of fun! Weekly prizes to be won.
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 more.
For more information, please visit the Ham is where the heart is website.
In association with Ham United Group.
Join us in a friendly and welcoming environment and meet new people, share news, and have a chat over a cup of coffee and a biscuit. If you fancy a change from your usual morning routine then we look forward to meeting you!
Updated: 17 May 2022