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Reminiscence Café: Africa’s Great War

When we think of the Great War, the image that most readily comes to mind is that of trench warfare on the Western Front. However, the war was a World War and the first shots fired by British Troops were fired in Africa. This is the fascinating story of Africa's Great War from that first conflict until the German surrender which took place after the war had ended in Europe. We will also see how the war helped shape African nationality and still influences the politics of a continent a century later.

  • Date: Friday 22 October
  • Time: 11am
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Price: Free

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Page Turners

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 an online session to suit you. No need to book!

Meetings are held via Zoom.

  • Tuesdays - 10.30 to 11.30am
  • Wednesdays - 2 to 3pm
  • Thursdays -  2 to 3pm

Join on Zoom

Novel steps

Would you like to explore the beautiful borough of Richmond Upon Thames while discussing a range of novels?

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.

Our trained leaders will guide you round planned routes across Richmond.

Book online

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

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.

Craft fairs

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.

Knot Just Knitting

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.

Kew Library

  • Date: Third and fourth Tuesday of the month
  • Time: 10am to 12 noon
  • Location: Kew Library
  • Price: Free

Contact Kew Library for further information.

Richmond Library Annexe

Contact Richmond Library for further information.

East Sheen Library

  • Date: Second Thursday of the month
  • Time: 10am to 12 noon
  • Location: East Sheen Library
  • Price: Free

Contact East Sheen Library for further information.

Castelnau Library

  • Date: Third Friday of the month
  • Time: 10am to 12 noon
  • Location: Castelnau Library
  • Price: Free

Contact Castelnau Library for further information.

Bingo Extravaganza

Need a midweek pick-me-up? Eyes down and have a bit of fun! Weekly prizes to be won.

  • Date: First Wednesday of every month (Starting on Wednesday 6 March 2019)
  • Time: 2.15 to 3.45pm
  • Location: Ham Library

To book, visit Ham Library or phone 020 8734 3354 and speak to a member of staff.

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: 5.45 to 6.45pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library

Free event, booking essential. Email libraryvolunteer@richmond.gov.uk to book a place.

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.

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.

  • Date: Third Friday of the month
  • Time: 11am to 12 noon
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Price: Free

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.

Twickenham

  • Date: Second Saturday of the month  
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library
  • Price: Free

Richmond

Booking is not required as these are drop-in sessions. For over 18s only.

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 more.

For more information, please visit the Ham is where the heart is website.

In association with Ham United Group.

Coffee morning

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!

  • Date: First Wednesday of the month
  • Time: 10.30am to 12 noon
  • Location: Castelnau Library
  • Price: Free, refreshments provided. No booking necessary

Riverside Poetry Group

Friendly poetry workshop sessions with local published poet Babs Lee

Do you have a passion for poetry? Would you like to have a go at writing your own material under the guidance of a published poet? Then this group might be for you! Each informal session will explore poetry from different authors, followed by a discussion over tea and biscuits, and the chance to write your own poem.

Updated: 08 October 2021