Cityread London is a month long elebration of the power of reading to bring communities together. It is celebrated every April, across all of London’s 33 boroughs, with libraries at its heart. The 2017 book is Prophecy by S. J. Parris, a gripping Elizabethan spy thriller set in London 1583.

Wandsworth library users can download a free copy of the ebook by visiting https://wandsworthlibraries.overdrive.com/collection/91747 where you can also find a reading list themed around London.

Saturday 22, 2.30-4.30pm Tooting Library will hold a special children’s event for Cityread. 2.30-3pm, Story Time: familiar characters and stories set in and all about London. 3-4.30pm, Craft: make a beautiful London silhouette picture to take home. Contact: Tooting Library, 0208 767 0543

On Thursday 27th April at 2.30pm Putney Library welcomes author Ian Porter from London Town Walks. What were the repercussions of Henry VIII's fall from his horse? Ian will explain in a free talk which also covers; Elizabethan Security; Cheapside and Smithfield markets; Smokers and the Guildhall; Executions; and more. Tea will also be served! Booking for this event is essential please contact Putney Library on 020 8780 3085 or email Charlene.Coleman@gll.org