9-14th October is the first annual Libraries Week. A showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.
Wandsworth Libraries is taking part and has the following events planned.
You can keep up to date with what's happening by following Wandsworth Libraries on Twitter @wandsworthlibs
Monday 9th October:
9.30-10.00am. Northcote Library. Baby Rhyme Time with Louise from Monkey Music. This free session will be full of fun action songs, movement and instrumental songs appropriate for children up to 2 years old.
11-11.30am. Battersea Library. Celebrate libraries and your community with a very special Baby Rhyme Time inspired by our favourite books. Take home a Libraries Week rhyme sheet as a souvenir.
4-4.30pm. Battersea Library. Celebrate libraries and your community with a very special Story Time all about our favourite place in the world: the library!
5.30pm. Battersea Park Library. Share a book. A special reading group session. Come along and talk about your favourite book.
Tuesday 10th October:
11-11:30am Battersea Library. Baby Rhyme Time. Celebrate libraries and your community with a very special Baby Rhyme Time inspired by our favourite books. Take home a Libraries Week rhyme sheet as a souvenir!
2.30-3pm Tooting Library. Story Time. Hallf an hour of stories all about lovely libraries and some strange librarians! With stickers and colouring to do afterwards.
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Library. Bookmaking Workshop.
Learn how to make an easy folding book craft to add to your personal library. Recommended for ages 5+.
4-4.30pm Battersea Park. Libraries Week Story Time. A special Story Time to mark Libraries Week.
6.30pm-8.30pm Battersea Library. The Americas and Africa Before and After Columbus. This interactive Diversity Month session with Barbara Ellis will partly be a reflection on what you already know about, as well as looking at the events that took place from 1492 to 1838 when the enslaved Africans liberated themselves from slavery. The session will also include discussion, readings and book signing. Free but please call to book a place.
Wednesday 11th October:
10am-1pm. Wandsworth Heritage Service. Living libraries: see how Wandsworth Libraries have changed through this drop in session at our archive collection. Free, First Floor, Battersea Library.
5-6.30pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Book Folding Taster Session Fancy learning how to fold books and make them into pieces of art? Want to learn how to make paper flowers? Come along to Southfields Library for a free session and pick up a few tips. Free but please book in advance.
6.30pm Battersea Library. Glaucoma the 'silent stealer of sight.' Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK and those of African or Afro-Caribbean heritage are eight times more likely to develop it. This Diversity Month talk is about Beverley Duguid’s journey in dealing with this disease. She will also discuss how those of African heritage can take steps to prevent the disease from occurring or if detected how to receive the right treatment. Free but please call to book.
7-8pm Putney Library. Poetry Readings With Emma Simon and Giles Turnbull. Emma Simon’s debut pamphlet, Dragonish, was published by The Emma Press in March 2017. She has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, She won the Prole Laureate competition in 2013 Giles L. Turnbull is a blind poet. He spent the first half of his life in North Yorkshire before moving to South Wales to study chemistry. His debut pamphlet, Dressing Up, is published by Cinnamon Press. Free but please book at 020 8780 3085 or email Charlene.Coleman@gll.org
Thursday 12th October:
9.30-10am. Northcote Library: Story Time – Bear’s Reading Adventure. A story time from BookTrust . Children can collect a sticker book and stickers each time they visit the library. Enjoy bear themed stories and stay afterwards for some cutting and sticking fun.
Friday 13th October:
11-11.30am. York Gardens Library. Celebrate libraries and your community with a very special Baby Rhyme Time inspired by our favourite books. Take home a Libraries Week rhyme sheet as a souvenir.
6-7.30PM. Tooting Library. Come and meet bestselling local author Beryl Kingston who will talk about her new book Everybody's Somebody; signed copies will be available for sale.
Saturday 14th October:
11am-12pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Make a Bookmark
Children can create their own Libraries Week bookmark using the coloured templates and crafts resources provided by Southfields Library.
11am-12pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Battersea Art Centre’s Moving Museum Time Keepers comes to Roehampton Library for a free event. Join us for a packed workshop all about toys. Explore toys from the past and take part in a creative Time Keepers story. Suitable for ages 4-7. Please call to book a place.
Reunion & Dark Pony. Theatre production company Baseless Fabric presents these library hosted performances of two plays by David Mamet. Earlsfield Library 3pm and Battersea Library 7.30pm. Due to some strong language the suggested age for these plays is 15+. The overall running time is approximately 1hour. For tickets and booking information please visit http://www.baselessfabric.co.uk/productions/reunion-dark-pony-by-david-mamet/