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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

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.

  • Date:
    • 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 libraryvolunteer@richmond.gov.uk to book a place.

Club del libro Italiano

Practice your Italian at this new monthly shared reading group

Starting on Monday 24 October 2022, improve your Italian language skills and learn more about Italian culture and literature at this informal book club, where you will get the opportunity to read and discuss texts together on a range of topics from literature, food, the arts, linguistics, and much more!

Event details:

  • Date: Fourth Monday of each month
  • Time: 5 to 6pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, Twickenham, TW1 3JT
  • Price: Free, no booking required

French Conversation Group

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.

Event details:

  • Date: Every Wednesday
  • Time: 10.30 to 11.30am
  • Location: Whitton Library

Make Do and Mend

Our crafty Make Do and Mend classes take place from 10am to 12 noon every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Charges may apply - contact your local group facilitator for further details.

Novel Steps

Combining the energetic discussion of a traditional book group with exploring our beautiful borough on foot, Novel Steps is a walking-and-reading group that meets monthly to chat about books, life, the universe and everything.

Each session follows a planned route and is led by an experienced volunteer, so you can focus on enjoying the gentle exercise, fresh air and friendly conversation.

Event details:

  • Date: Last Thursday of each month
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Location: Various locations around Richmond Borough

This month (on 27 October) we will be walking a beautiful route along the tow path around Hampton Court Park to Kingston Bridge while discussing The Vanishing Act by Brit Bennett.

These sessions are free of charge, but booking is advised as places are limited. You are welcome to order your copy of the book from your local library, or we can arrange collection.

Book your place

Open Gaming Meetup

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 libraryvolunteer@richmond.gov.uk for more information.

Page Turners

Find comfort and connection through great literature. 

Our weekly Page Turner sessions, delivered in partnership with The Reader. Come along to one of our friendly, relaxing Shared Reading sessions, led by an experienced Reader Leader.

At Page Turners we read an extract or short story together, perhaps even a poem, pausing to discuss and share our thoughts. There is no need to read anything in advance, just join the sessions.

Hot drinks and biscuits are provided. Everyone is welcome.

Choose a session to suit you. No need to book.

Sessions are on:

  • Tuesdays - 2.30 to 3.30pm at Castelnau Library
  • Wednesdays - 2 to 3pm at Twickenham Library

Reminiscence Café

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.

London's glorious garden of the dead

Take a fascinating look at one of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries, as part of the Reminiscence Café series.

We will take in the history, lavish Victorian architecture and diverse wildlife of the cemetery and meet some of the famous people who are at rest there, including George Eliot, Douglas Adams, Christina Rossetti and Karl Marx.

  • Date: Friday 21 October 2022
  • Time: 11am to 12.15pm
  • Location: Whittaker Ellis Suite, Richmond Old Town Hall
  • Price: Free, no booking required

Transform Work Life

Richmond Libraries 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.

Event details:

  • Dates: Tuesday 28 June 2022, Thursday 28 July 2022, Tuesday 27 September 2022, Tuesday 1 November 2022, and Tuesday 6 December 2022
  • Time: 10am to 12 noon
  • Location: Richmond Old Town Hall
  • Price: Free for Richmond residents

Find out more about Transform Work Life

Riverside Poetry Group with Babs Lee

Nurture your love of poetry and have a go at writing your own material under the expert guidance of local published poet Babs Lee.

Each friendly and informal session will explore poetry from different authors, followed by a discussion over tea and biscuits, and the chance to write your own poem.

Event details:

Updated: 30 September 2022

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