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October 7th to 12th is Libraries Week. An annual showcase of everything libraries have to offer. In 2019 we are celebrating the role of libraries in the digital world. 

If you would like to attend an event please contact the library in advance to see if booking is required.

Find out more about Libraries Week here http://www.librariesweek.org.uk/

Fun Palaces takes place on the weekend of 5th and 6th October, learn more here http://funpalaces.co.uk/ 

Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest library news and events; find us @wandsworthlibs

Monday 7

9.30–10am Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
A Busy Day for Birds Rhyme Time
Join us for a special story time to celebrate Libraries Week!
10am Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
11am Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Story Time
Stories for children aged 2-4 years.
11am Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
11am Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
IT Help
A free, drop-in IT help session
2.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
4-4:30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Libraries Week Story Time
A story session all about our favourite place in the world: the library! Ages 2-6. Free and drop in.
5-7pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
An Introduction to Buying and Selling on eBay
Learn to buy and sell on eBay at the free Libraries Week course. Please contact the library to book a place.

Tuesday 8

9.45am Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
10-11:30am Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
IT Drop in help session.
A free drop in session for IT troubleshooting
11am Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
11am Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
12-1pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
eBooks and eMagazines
Learn how to use the library’s eBooks and eMagazines. Use your own device to download the Libby and PressReader apps or use one of the library’s computers. Free event, but please speak to staff to book.
2pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
2.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Story Time
Stories for children aged 2-4 years.
3:30pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Celebrating  Libraries
Draw and write what you love about libraries to put on a display at Battersea Park Libraries. Free session.
6.30-8pm Battersea Library, 0207 223 2334
1925 Coloured Alien Seamen Order

This talk by Iqbal Singh of the National Archives offers an opportunity to look at copies of documents relating to the racially discriminatory 1925 Coloured Alien Seamen’s Order. Initially targeted at ‘Arab’ sailors it was extended to cover all ‘coloured seamen’ including non-seamen. The order classified colonial workers as ‘aliens’ if they were unable to prove their status as British. Using brief case studies, the talk will bring to life some of the stories of those affected by the order.

Wednesday 9

9.30am Balham Library, 020 86731129
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
10am-12pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945

Digipals
Computer skills sessions in association with AgeUK  Wandsworth to  help older people access relevant information, services and entitlements online and also help them to connect with family and friends.
2-4pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Excel for Beginners
Please contact the library for more information,
2.15pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Libraries Week Bookmarks
Make some bookmarks to share what you love about the library! Ages 3+. Free and drop in.
4-5pm Southfields Children’s Library, 020 8780 1945
Black History Month Quiz, 020 8780 1945
Ages 6+
How well do you know the history and  stories of some of the most amazing and inspiring black people? Put your knowledge to the test and you could win some fantastic prizes. To secure a place book in advance by phoning, emailing or going into the library.
5-7pm, Balham Library, 020 8763 1129
Code Along with Code Club: taster session
Do you like computers, coding, or creating cool games? Come along to our special libraries week code club event, learn how to code your own program with the help of our amazing coding team, and see if you can join our club. Ages 7-11. Free and drop in session. 
6-8pm York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Tracing Your African-Caribbean Ancestors
It is often assumed that it is impossible to research black ancestors in the Caribbean but there are many records in Britain and increasingly on the internet that can enable people to trace their family history there.  Dr Kathleen Chater worked for the BBC until 1994. One of her interests was family history so when she left she became self-employed as a writer of books and articles on aspects of history and also as a trainer in research skills for the media and for family historians.
6.30-7.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
An evening with Tony Maude
Tony is a songwriter and poet who combines great stories from literature with music, guitar and occasionally ukulele! This performance of original works with accompanying illustrations by Monica Brufton and  Peter Jones also introduces Kipling, Shakespeare and R. L. Stevenson, among others! Music, songs and poetic riddles will guarantee an entertaining, stimulating and interactive experience for all.
7.30pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Come and meet author Sara Collins who will be discussing and reading from her bestselling début novel. Book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/author-event-the-confessions-of-frannie-langton-by-sara-collins-tickets-70375973431 for free tickets.

Thursday 10

9.30am Balham Library, 020 86731129
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
9.30–10.30am Northcote Children’s Library, 020 7223 2336
Handa’s Surprise Story Time
October is Black History Month. Come and enjoy this fun story about Handa and learn about African fruits and animals!
9.30 Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
10am-12pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Black Entrepreneurs in History – could you turn your passion into a business idea?
This talk by by Loretta Awuah will explore examples of black entrepreneurs across the diaspora, and their motivations for creating the products or services they did and the impact this made on their respective societies. The second part of the talk will involve a workshop activity where attendees will discuss ways in which they could possibly turn a passion into a business idea by focusing on the value of their product or service.  Loretta is part of the SiLL project (Start ups in London Libraries) and will also explain how you can benefit from this and services at the British Library.
11am Balham Library, 020 86731129
Story Time
Stories for children aged 2-4 years.
11am Earlsfield Librart, 020 8946 2088
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week
11am-12pm Putney Library
The Library in the Palm of your hand
An opportunity to learn how to use the library apps for eBooks and ePeriodicals (Libby and PressReader) with our in library tablets, or your own device. To secure a place book in advance by phoning, emailing or going intasking in the library.
11.30 Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
2-4pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Africa and the Carribean Through a Lens
"Africa & the Caribbean Through a Lens" with staff from @UkNatArchives sharing documents & photographs highlighting the history of people who migrated to Britain from Africa & the Caribbean
2.30pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week, children aged 0-12 months.
2.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Story Time
Stories for children aged 2-4 years.
3.45pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Story Time
Stories for children aged 2-4 years.

Friday 11th

10am Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Story Time
Stories for children aged 2-4 years.
11am York Gardens Library
Baby Rhyme Time, 020 7223 2341
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week
11am-12pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543~
Move it with Marley
A special event for adults with learning disabilities. Come along to find out more about Bob Marley, listen & dance to his songs.
2.30pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week
3.45pm York Gardens Library
Baby Rhyme Time, 020 7223 2341
Stories for children aged 2-4 years. Please call ahead.
3.45pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Story Time
Stories for children aged 2-4 years.
3.45pm Roehampton Library, 020 246 6979
Story Time
Stories for children aged 2-4 years.

Friday 11

10.30am-1pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Word For Beginners

Please contact the library for more information.

Saturday 12

ALL DAY Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Oware Day
As part of Black History Month, learn to play Oware, a popular game in Africa and the Caribbean known by many names. For children and their families. Free and drop in.
ALL DAY Wandsworth Town Children’s Library, 020 8877 1742
Library of the Future
To celebrate  the role of libraries in the digital world we have a selection of free crafts available for children of all ages.  Create your own library of the future on paper and show us how you think the libraries will look in 100 years time! Make a bookmark! Draw your favourite Librarian! Design a book cover for your favourite book! Help us to decorate the library with your work or take them home.
10.30-11am Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Dad’s Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for dads and children aged 0-3 years.
11am-12pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Kids Club
Enjoy colouring, crafts and games.
11.30am York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341

Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for Libraries Week.
2.30-3pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Bob Marley Story time

Sing, dance and learn at a special story time with music about the life of Bob Marley.