October Events and Activities

Diversity Month runs all month in Wandsworth. For a full programme of events please visit http://www.better.org.uk/library/london/wandsworth/news/wandsworth-libraries-diversity-month

Libraries Week runs from 9-14th October. This is the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries offer.

Tuesday 3
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Hand Print Garland Craft DIVERSITY MONTH
Create a hand print garland inspired by your heritage to hang in the children’s library for Diversity Month. Free and drop-in.
6.30pm-8pm Tooting Library, 0200 8767 0543
The Plan to Partition India and Pakistan DIVERSITY MONTH
A free talk by Iqbal Hussain. Using records from the National Archives along with maps and photographs, the planning for Partition will be explored with the subsequent fall out, whereby 10 to 12 million people were displaced along religious lines. Free but call to book a place.

Wednesday 4
6.30-8pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Polish Veterans DIVERSITY MONTH
Two Polish WW2 veterans who came to live in London, will talk about their experiences.  Marzenna Schejbal took part in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and was one of the people, who survived, using canal system to escape from the Germans.  Jan Stangryciuk - bomber crew member of the 300 Squadron who flew on Wellingtons and Lancasters - was shot down twice.  Free but call to book a place.

Thursday 5
9.30–10.30am Northcote Library, 020 7223 233
Story Time and Craft Activity
Come and learn about African animals with Charlie the Big Friendly Chimp. Stay for some cutting and sticking fun.
4 pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Sylvia Modi African Art Workshop DIVERSITY MONTH
Celebrating African culture and fashion, participants can create their own African inspired surface design using tribal art, textiles, jewellery or sculptures and then take part in a head wrap session to try out their own head wrap. Free but call to book a place.

Saturday 7
2-2.30pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Polish Story Time DIVERSITY MONTH
For children aged 2+ 

Monday 9
9.30-10.00am Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Baby Rhyme Time with Louise from Monkey Music LIBRARIES WEEK
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, 020 7223 2334
Baby Rhyme Time LIBRARIES WEEK
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, 020 7223 2334
Story Time LIBRARIES WEEK
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, 020 7720 4122
Share a book. LIBRARIES WEEK
A special reading group session. Come along and talk about your favourite book.
6.45-8pm Tooting Library, 0208 767 0543
Constance Cummings-John:First woman mayor of an African city DIVERSITY MONTH
In 1966 Constance Cummings-John (1918-2000) became the first African woman mayor of a major African city - her birthplace, Freetown in Sierra Leone. Join Wandsworth resident, Amma Poku, for an informative talk in which she shares some of the history behind this remarkable woman. Free but please call to book a place.

Tuesday 10
11-11:30am Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Baby Rhyme Time LIBRARIES WEEK
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, 020 8767 0543
Story Time LIBRARIES WEEK
Half 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, 020 7223 2334
Bookmaking Workshop LIBRARIES WEEK
Learn how to make an easy folding book craft to add to your personal library. Recommended for ages 5+.
4-4.30pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
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 DIVERSITY MONTH
This interactive 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 11
10am-1pm, Wandsworth Heritage Service-Battersea Library 020 7223 2334 (2 at menu)
Living Libraries LIBRARIES WEEK
See how Wandsworth Libraries have changed through our archive collection. A Wandsworth Heritage Service drop in session. Free, First Floor, Battersea Library.
5-6.30pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Book Folding Taster Session LIBRARIES WEEK
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, 020 7223 2334
Glaucoma the 'silent stealer of sight' DIVERSITY MONTH
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 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, 020 8780 3085 or email Charlene.Coleman@gll.org
Poetry Readings With Emma Simon and Giles Turnbull LIBRARIES WEEK
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.

Thursday 12
9.30-10.30am Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Story Time – Bear’s Reading Adventure LIBRARIES WEEK
From Book Trust, children can collect a sticker book and stickers each time they visit the library.  Enjoy bear themed stories and stay for some cutting and sticking fun.

Friday 13
11-11:30am York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Baby Rhyme Time LIBRARIES WEEK
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, 020 8767 0543.
Meet Author Beryl Kingston
Come and meet this bestselling local author at a free event. Beryl Kingston will talk about her new book Everybody's Somebody; signed copies will be available for sale.

Saturday 14
11am-12pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Make a Bookmark LIBRARIES WEEK
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
Timekeepers LIBRARIES WEEK
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.
3pm, Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Reunion & Dark Pony, two plays by David Mamet LIBRARIES WEEK
Theatre production company Baseless Fabric presents these library hosted performances of two plays by David Mamet. 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/ 

7.30pm, Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Reunion & Dark Pony, two plays by David Mamet LIBRARIES WEEK
Theatre production company Baseless Fabric presents these library hosted performances of two plays by David Mamet. 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/

Monday 16
11-11:30am Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Bonjour Mes Amis!: French-English Baby Rhyme Time DIVERSITY MONTH
Enjoy new songs and traditional tunes in both English and French. Free and drop-in.
6.30pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Uncertain Light DIVERSITY MONTH
Join us to in meeting prize-winning local author Marion Molteno talking about her latest novel.  Marion grew up in South Africa and left after being involved in student protests against the apartheid regime. She has worked and travelled extensively in Africa while working for Save the Children. Uncertain Light, reflects those experiences, and is set among international humanitarian workers. Free but please call to book a place.

Tuesday 17
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Wycinanki: Polish Paper Cuts DIVERSITY MONTH
Make some gorgeous paper crafts inspired by the traditional art of wycinanki, Polish paper cutting. Recommended for ages 5+. Free and drop in.
3.30pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Diwali Drawing DIVERSITY MONTH
Draw your own sari or dress design in the Library and colour and decorate it.

Wednesday 18
6.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
The spirit remains: how Europe Demonised African Indigenous Religions DIVERSITY MONTH
During slavery and colonialism there were consistent measures to discredit, demonise and outlaw African traditional religious practices on the continent and in the diaspora.  Labelled primitive, fetish and mumbo jumbo among other derogatory names by colonial authorities, these indigenous practices continue to be negatively represented throughout the world. This talk by Michelle Yaa Asantewa is free but please call to book a place.

Thursday 19
9.30–10.30am Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Story Time – Handa’s Surprise DIVERSITY MONTH
Come along and listen to stories set in Africa and learn about African fruits. Stay for some African fruit sampling and activity sheets.
4-4.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Polish Story Time DIVERSITY MONTH
For children aged 2+ 
6.30-8pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Fugitive Slaves in 19th Century Britain DIVERSITY MONTH
A talk by writer, historian and genealogist Dr Kathleen Chater. Following the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, many Americans who had escaped to the free states were in danger of being re-enslaved. A number fled to Britain and spoke about their lives, going on book tours to promote their autobiographies, or finding other ways of making a living. Who were they and how were they received?

Saturday 21
12pm Battersea Park Library, 0207 720 4122
Author Irenosen Okojie DIVERSITY MONTH
Meet writer Irenosen Okojie who will be talking about her work.  Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award.  Her work has been featured in The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications.  Her short stories have been published internationally. She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and was featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular, published by Jacaranda Books was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. Free but please call to book.

Monday 23
All day Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Cards For Good Causes
The return of the charity Christmas Card shop.
10-11.30am Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Drama Workshop
A free acting workshop for young people aged 8-12 run by theatre company Baseless Fabric. Please call to book a place.
11am-12pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Timekeepers HALF TERM
Battersea Art Centre’s Moving Museum Time Keepers comes to Tooting 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.
2pm Battersea Park Library , 020 7720 4122
Creepy Creative Writing HALF TERM
Write your own creepy tale for Halloween with this spooky workshop from Explore Learning. For children ages 8-11 years. Places are free but limited and booking is essential.
6.30pm-8pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Alex Wheatle DIVERSITY MONTH
Alex will talk about his experiences as a writer for adults and children.  His Crongton series for young people includes his most recent book, Straight Outta Crongton.  His 2016 book Crongton Knights won the 50th Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.  One of the judging panel, said of the book: "Wheatle’s writing is poetic, rhythmic and unique, remaking the English language with tremendous verve. Though Crongton is his invention, it resonates with many urban situations, not only in Britain but around the world. Crongton Knights is a major novel from a major voice in British children’s literature”. Free but please call to book a place.

Tuesday 24
10.30-11am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543

Make friends with Phonics! HALF TERM
A fun and active phonics workshop run by Explore Learning for ages 5+ Booking required for this free event
11-11.45am Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Story Time With Author Jane Porter HALF TERM
Jane will be doing a special story time with puppets, reading the the book ‘Wings!’ (written by Paul Stewart, published 2016 by Otter Barry Books and out in paperback since August this year).
12-1.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Drama Workshop
A free acting workshop for young people aged 8-12 run by theatre company Baseless Fabric. Please call to book a place.
2.30-4pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Story Time DIVERSITY MONTH
A special story time featuring stories from around the world followed by a craft activity. Drop in, no booking required. Stories 2:30-3:00pm Craft 3:00-4:00pm
3:30-5pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Games from Around the World DIVERSITY MONTH
Drop in to play some diverse games from around the world. Try your skills at Oware, Chess, Snakes and Ladders, and more! Free.

Wednesday 25 October
11am-12pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Space Mission with Explore Learning HALF TERM
Learn all about the universe and everything in it! Stretch your skills to infinity and beyond! This alien inspired literacy workshop will help you crack your creative writing. For ages 8 to 10. Free, but booking essential.
11am-12pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Grammar and Punctuation 1 HALF TERM
Join Explore Learning for this free session for children aged 5-7 years. Please call to book a place.
 
12.30-1.30pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Grammar and Punctuation 2 HALF TERM
Join Explore Learning for this free session for children aged 7-9 years. Please call to book a place.

1-2 pm York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Space Mission with Explore Learning HALF TERM
Learn all about the universe and everything in it! Stretch your skills to infinity and beyond! This alien inspired literacy workshop will help you crack your creative writing. For ages 8 to 10. Free, but booking essential.
2pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Italian Storytime with Carlotta DIVERSITY MONTH
Special storytime for 3-5 year olds.
7.45-9pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Murder Mystery! SOLD OUT
An Ancient Egyptian evening of murder, mayhem and mystery exclusive to Putney Library! Tickets are on sale in the library. SOLD OUT

Thursday 26
9.30–10.30am Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Story Time and Craft Activity HALF TERM
Halloween themed stories, then stay and craft something spooky
11am-12pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Grammar and Punctuation 1 HALF TERM
Join Explore Learning for this free session for children aged 5-7 years.
Please call to book a place.    
12.30-1.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Grammar and Punctuation 2 HALF TERM
Join Explore Learning for this free session for children aged 7-9 years. Please call to book a place.

2-4pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Put Yourself in the Picture! HALF TERM
Have you ever wanted go where the Wild Things are? Put yourself into this famous story at a fantastical ‘BIG DRAW’ workshop for ages 7+, Booking required for this free event
3pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Italian Storytime with Carlotta DIVERSITY MONTH
Special storytime for 3-5 year olds.
6.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Polish Book Event DIVERSITY MONTH
Meet with Polish author new polish writer, Adrian Grzegorzewski.  He is the author of Czas tesknoty and Czas burzy, historical romances based before and during World War II, telling the story about the complicated relations between the Poles and the Ukrainians.  He now lives in south London where he works for the Royal Mail.

Friday 27
10 30am-12pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Asian Classical and Dance Workshop and Performance DIVERSITY MONTH
Raghini Rajgopal and her students will perform classical and folk dances from India. Folk dances are numerous in number and style and vary according to the local traditions of the respective state, ethnic or geographic regions. Contemporary dances include refined and experimental fusions of classical, folk and Western forms. You will get the opportunity to join the group of dancers and try your dancing skills in the library!
10.30am Battersea Park Library , 020 7720 4122
Mini Yoga HALF TERM
With a Halloween theme.  For children aged 3-8 years.  Free but booking is essential. Click here to book https://www.universe.com/miniyoga-at-batterseaparklibrary
2.30pm-4pm Balham Library, 020 673 1129
Asian Classical and Dance Workshop and Performance DIVERSITY MONTH
Raghini Rajgopal and her students will perform classical and folk dances from India. Folk dances are numerous in number and style and vary according to the local traditions of the respective state, ethnic or geographic regions. Contemporary dances include refined and experimental fusions of classical, folk and Western forms. You will get the opportunity to join the group of dancers and try your dancing skills in the library!

Saturday 29
2.30-3pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Autumn Story Time Come to our children’s autumn story time and stay for some seasonally themed colouring afterwards Drop in, no booking.

Monday 30
4-4:30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Halloween Story Time
Join us for some spooky stories and you just might get a treat (or maybe a trick!). Costumes encouraged!

Tuesday 31
2-4pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543

Spooky Stories And Craft For Halloween
Listen to some sinister stories and then stay to make a ghost or spider to take home. Stories 2.30-3pm, craft activity 3-4pm.
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Halloween Craft
Make a spooky haunted house craft to celebrate Halloween. Costumes encouraged! Recommended for ages 4+
3.30pm Battersea Park Library , 020 7720 4122
Halloween
Creepy crafts and colourings for the spookiest night of the year.