Date posted 29 Apr 2022

May Events and Activities

The Wandsworth Heritage Festival runs from Saturday 28th May – Sunday 12th June.  We have a packed programme of walks, talks, and half term workshops for children.  You can view the list of events here, and printed copies are available in Wandsworth Libraries.

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Saturday 30 April

11-1:30pm Battersea Park Children’s Library
Saturday Crafts
Come and join our weekly craft session
11am-1pm Roehampton Children’s Library
Arty Kid’s Crafts
Enjoy colouring, crafts and games every Saturday.
2.30-3.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Children’s Reading Group
A reading group for children ages 8-12. Come have a chat about some great children’s books. Free, but drop in, call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org for more information or to reserve your copy of this month’s book. Meets on the last Saturday of each month.
3.30-4.30pm Wandsworth Town Children’s Library
Wild Weekends
A weekly story time and craft inspired by animal awareness days! Recommended for ages 3+ and their families. Free, drop in. Call 020 8877 1742 for more information.

Tuesday 3 May

10.30am-12pm Battersea Park Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
5-5.45pm Wandsworth Town Library
Children’s German Conversation Group
Meet other local German speakers and learners for a social conversation hour to practice the German language. For children ages 6+. Every second Tuesday. Please call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org for more information.

Wednesday 4

10.30am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
6-7pm Balham Library Study Room
Stress Relief Through Compassion
Be kind to yourself, with this friendly and open workshop. Join Katie, who is a qualified counsellor, and explore and share kind, practical ways to tackle low mood and stress in this private group counselling setting, in Balham Library’s study room. Booking on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wandsworth-libraries-34186778945 This class is for adults and is part of our Stress Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Week programme of events for April and May.
Disclaimer in line with the BPS ethics and code of conduct:
Upon commencement of sessions, a form will be signed by participants that personal information disclosed within sessions is sensitive if not confidential and is trusted not to leave the room. However, any information that is shared that the counsellor present deems an explicit threat of a danger to life will then be shared with authorities/reported in line with safeguarding procedures.
These sessions, although led by a qualified counsellor, are designed to talk about, destigmatize and tackle stress and low intensity mental health problems in a social and creative way and are in no way substitute to Professional Psychological treatment.
7-8pm Balham Library
Evening Book Group
Meets on the first Wednesday of the month.  

Thursday 5

2-3pm Balham Library
Golden Years Reading Group
Meets on the first Thursday of the month.        

Friday 6

12.30-1pm Battersea Park Library
Mindfulness Friday
Stretch, Meditate, Breathe at this free lunchtime session. For more information please email batterseapark.library@gll.org or call 02077204122.
2pm-4pm Roehampton Library
Reading Group
Our monthly reading group is a great way to share your thoughts on the books you’re reading. The reading group meets on the first Friday of every month.
3.45-4.45pm Roehampton Library
Coding Club for Children
Learn to code through Scratch in a fun and inclusive environment. Places must be booked beforehand, for ages 7+. To book call 020 8246 6979

Saturday 7

11-1:30pm Battersea Park Children’s Library
Saturday Crafts
Come and join our weekly craft session
11am-1pm Roehampton Children’s Library
Arty Kid’s Crafts
Enjoy colouring, crafts and games every Saturday.
11am Southfields Children’s Library
Jubilee Flag and Crown Making
Let’s celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Come and make a crown to wear and impress your family & friends. Make a flag to display in the library and get a Royal badge free. For children ages 3 - 8 years. Free but please call Southfields Library 020 8780 1945 to book.
3.30-4.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Wild Weekends
Drop in for a weekend story time and craft inspired by the animal awareness days. For ages 3+. Free, drop in.

Monday 9

10.30-12.30pm Balham Library
Knit and Knatter
A new regular group which meets every two weeks.
Share skills, learn new crafts and meet lovely people. Refreshments provided. Bring your own projects or start something new. Craft for fun, for charity, yourself or others! Basic materials provided but home resources are encouraged. Welcome to knitters, crocheters and embroiderers.
10.30-11.30am Battersea Park Library
English Conversation Group
Practice your spoken English in an informal group setting.
5-6pm Balham Children’s Library
New Books Club
Are you an avid reader? Do you want to get your hands on new library books before anyone else? At New Books Club, we read and discuss new books that no one else has seen, and even have a say in which titles the library stocks. Ages 8-12, registration required – email balham.library@gll.org. Meeting on the first Monday of the month.
5-7pm Battersea Park Library
Knitting Group
Bring your own projects or start something new.
5.30pm Putney Library
Film Club:
Brooklyn
Romantic drama adapted from the novel by Colm Tóibín. Set in the 1950s, the story follows young Irish woman Ellis Lacey as she travels to New York City in search of a better life. Initially homesick, she begins to adjust to her new surroundings with the help of Italian-American Tony Fiorello. Free event for more details contact Putney.library@gll.org or just turn up!
6-7.30pm Balham Library Hall

Stress Relief Through Art
Unwind after work, with a creative art workshop. Join Katie, who is a qualified counsellor, for this special session exploring Art Therapy where you can explore creative, fun ways to tackle stress in a social setting, at Balham Library’s hall. Basic materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own painting supplies. This class is for adults and is part of our Stress Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Week programme of events for April and May.  Booking on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wandsworth-libraries-34186778945
Disclaimer in line with the BPS ethics and code of conduct:
Upon commencement of sessions, a form will be signed by participants that personal information disclosed within sessions is sensitive if not confidential and is trusted not to leave the room. However, any information that is shared that the counsellor present deems an explicit threat of a danger to life will then be shared with authorities/reported in line with safeguarding procedures.
These sessions, although led by a qualified counsellor, are designed to talk about, destigmatize and tackle stress and low intensity mental health problems in a social and creative way and are in no way substitute to Professional Psychological treatment.

Tuesday 10

10.30am-12pm Tooting Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
2-5pm Battersea Park Library
ESOL Initial Assessment
5-6.45pm Battersea Park Library
Poetry Group
Share a love of poetry.
5-6pm Wandsworth Town Library
German Conversation Group
Meet other local German speakers and learners for a social conversation hour to practice the German language. Every second Tuesday. Please call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org for more information.

Wednesday 11

10-11.30am Roehampton Library
Window Decorating
Want to help make your library as colourful as possible? Add some colour to our illustrations.  We will have a selection of mindful colouring as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
10.30am-12pm Southfields Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
1-2.30pm Putney Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
5.30-7pm Roehampton Library
Poetry Open Mic
Want to perform some poetry to a friendly group? Or watch some poetry being performed? There are many different ways of self expression and poetry is one of the most loved for a good reason. Whether performing or experiencing poetry it can be a great boost to our mental health.

Thursday 12

11am-12pm Tooting Library
Urdu Reading Group
New reading group meets monthly. Come along to discuss popular authors.
5pm Northcote Library
Friends of Wandsworth Common

Join the Friends of Wandsworth Common to discuss local literary and cultural figures.

Friday 13

9.30am Southfields Children’s Library
Special Pyjamarama Storytime
Wear your pyjamas and don’t forget to bring your favourite teddy! For children ages 2 – 5 years. Session run as part of the Pyjamarama Book Trust Scheme to promote the reading and enjoyment of stories and books at home. Free event – just turn up
10-11am Putney Library
French Conversation Group
A new French conversation group starts today then every week at the same time. Whatever your level, come along and have a go! à bientôt!
4-4.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Pyjamarama Story Time
Drop in for a special Bookstart Pyjamarama story time to celebrate reading. PJs and teddy bears welcome! Ages 3-6. Free, drop in.

Saturday 14

11-1:30pm Battersea Park Children’s Library
Saturday Crafts
Come and join our weekly craft session
11am-1pm Roehampton Children’s Library
Arty Kid’s Crafts
Enjoy colouring, crafts and games every Saturday.
3.30-4.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Wild Weekends
Drop in for a weekend story time and craft inspired by the animal awareness days. For ages 3+. Free, drop in.

Monday 16

10.30-12.30pm Balham Library
Knit and Knatter
Share skills, learn new crafts and meet lovely people. Refreshments provided. Bring your own projects or start something new. Craft for fun, for charity, yourself or others! Basic materials provided but home resources are encouraged. Welcome to knitters, crocheters and embroiderers.
10.30-11.30am Battersea Park Library
English Conversation Group
Practice your spoken English in an informal group setting.
5-7pm Battersea Park Library
Knitting Group
Bring your own projects or start something new.
6.30-7.30 Putney Library
The Gardens of Fulham Palace
A talk by Lucy Hart, Head Gardener. These historic gardens are being restored to their former glory so come and hear how it is being done and pick up gardening tips! Presented by the Friends of Putney Library. Refreshments from 6pm. Free entry, but donations welcome. Please book a ticket in advance from the library.

Tuesday 17

10.30am-12pm Battersea Park Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
5-6.45pm Battersea Park Library
Poetry Group
Share a love of poetry.
5-5.45pm Wandsworth Town Library
Children’s German Conversation Group
Meet other local German speakers and learners for a social conversation hour to practice the German language. For children ages 6+. Every second Tuesday. Please call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org for more information.

Wednesday 18

10.30am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
12-1pm Wandsworth Town Library
Putney Sector Police Crime Prevention Event
Please drop by and talk to officers from the Putney Safer Neighbourhood Teams if you are concerned about a local issue or after some crime prevention advice. In an emergency, always call 999. For more information, email fairfield.snt@met.police.uk. You can follow the Fairfield Ward on Twitter @MPSFairfieldWW. Free, drop in.
6.30-7.30pm Putney Library
Plants & Us
Putney residents Liz Cowley and  Donough O'Brien present a completely new look at plants. Want to know how the lawnmower made modern sports possible? Or why seagrasses are as important as trees? Come along to this illustrated talk and find out! Copies of the book available to buy. To book email Charlene.coleman@gll.org or call 020 8780 3085

Thursday 19

9.30am Northcote Library
Jubilee Story Time
Royal stories and crafting celebrating Queen Elizabeth 75th Jubilee.
5-5.30pm Balham Library
Bedtime Stories
A weekly story group for children aged 5 to 11. Drop in, first come, first served basis

Friday 20

10-11am Putney Library
French Conversation Group
A French conversation group. Whatever your level, come along and have a go! à bientôt!
12.30-1pm Battersea Park Library
Mindfulness Friday
Stretch, Meditate, Breathe at this free lunchtime session. For more information please email batterseapark.library@gll.org or call 02077204122.

Saturday 21

10.30am-1pm Balham Library
Lego Club
Drop in for Lego Club, and get creative with other children, every Saturday.
11-1:30pm Battersea Park Children’s Library
Saturday Crafts
Come and join our weekly craft session
11am-1pm Roehampton Children’s Library
Arty Kid’s Crafts
Enjoy colouring, crafts and games every Saturday.
11am Southfields Children’s Library
Queen (or King) for a Day
Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Fancy being a King or a Queen for a day? Let your imagination run wild at Southfields Library! Come and plan your dream day! You can even come dressed in your special clothes.For children ages 5 - 11 years. This event is free but please call Southfields Library 020 8780 1945 to book.
12pm Battersea Park Library
Wellbeing Matters
Join Talk Wandsworth at Battersea Park Library for our Free Impact of Loneliness workshop.
2-4pm Balham Children’s Library
Craft Club
Families with children aged 5 and over are welcome to drop in and get creative, with a new activity each week.
3.30-4.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Wild Weekends
Drop in for a weekend story time and craft inspired by the animal awareness days. For ages 3+. Free, drop in.

Monday 23

10.30-12.30pm Balham Library
Knit and Knatter
Share skills, learn new crafts and meet lovely people. Refreshments provided. Bring your own projects or start something new. Craft for fun, for charity, yourself or others! Basic materials provided but home resources are encouraged. Welcome to knitters, crocheters and embroiderers.
10.30-11.30am Battersea Park Library
English Conversation Group
Practice your spoken English in an informal group setting.
5-7pm Battersea Park Library
Knitting Group
Bring your own projects or start something new.

Tuesday 24

10.30am-12pm Tooting Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/ to learn more.
2-5pm Battersea Park Library
ESOL Class

5-6.45pm Battersea Park Library
Poetry Group
Share a love of poetry.
5-6pm Wandsworth Town Library
German Conversation Group
Meet other local German speakers and learners for a social conversation hour to practice the German language. Every second Tuesday. Please call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org for more information.

Wednesday 25

10.30am-12pm Southfields Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
11am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Silver Circle Reading Group
A reading group for the over sixties. Meet up with people and share your take on the selected book of the month. Free, but call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org to reserve your copy of this month’s book.
1-2.30pm Putney Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
6-7pm Balham Library
Rainbow Readers
Reading Group for the LGBTQ+ community. Meets on the last Wednesday of the month.
5.30-6.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
The Detection Book Club
Love solving mysteries? Want to read some thrilling crime? Join our new crime and mysteries reading group. For adults of all ages. Free, but call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org to reserve your copy of this month’s book. Meets on the last Thursday of each month.

Thursday 26

9.30am Northcote Library
Jubilee Story Time
Royal stories and crafting celebrating Queen Elizabeth 75th Jubilee.

 

Friday 27

10-11am Putney Library
French Conversation Group
A French conversation group. Whatever your level, come along and have a go! à bientôt!

12.30-1pm Battersea Park Library
Mindfulness Friday
Stretch, Meditate, Breathe at this free lunchtime session. For more information please email batterseapark.library@gll.org or call 02077204122.

Saturday 28

All day Wandsworth Town Library
Elmer Day Craft
Celebrate Elmer Day with crafts inspired by everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant. Ages 3+. Free, drop in. Available throughout the day while supplies last.
11-1:30pm Battersea Park Children’s Library
Saturday Crafts
Come and join our weekly craft session
11am-1pm Roehampton Children’s Library
Arty Kid’s Crafts
Enjoy colouring, crafts and games every Saturday. This week, it's Elmer Day. Come in and draw your own Elmer the Elephant or make him out of a milkbottle.
11am Southfields Children’s Library
Elmer Day
Come along for craft and colouring activities about Elmer the patchwork elephant.
11am Tooting Children’s Library
Roman Themed Story and Craft Session
Meet Author Kate Cunningham as she reads her new book Vlad and the Roman Triumph. Learn about ancient Rome through the eyes of Vlad the flea and Felix the cat, then make your own mosaic work of art. For children aged 5-10.
2.30-3.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Children’s Reading Group
A reading group for children ages 8-12. Come have a chat about some great children’s books. Free, but drop in, call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org for more information or to reserve your copy of this month’s book. Meets on the last Saturday of each month.
3.30-4.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Wild Weekends
Drop in for a weekend story time and craft inspired by the animal awareness days. For ages 3+. Free, drop in. 

Monday 30

10.30-12.30pm Balham Library
Knit and Knatter
Share skills, learn new crafts and meet lovely people. Refreshments provided. Bring your own projects or start something new. Craft for fun, for charity, yourself or others! Basic materials provided but home resources are encouraged. Welcome to knitters, crocheters and embroiderers.
5-6pm Balham Children’s Library
Teen Book Club
Calling all teenagers—your library needs you!  Come along on the last Monday of every month and have your say in what the library  provides for your age group, what events we run, and even the books we choose.  You bring the ideas - we bring the snacks! Ages 13+, all welcome.
6pm Earlsfield Library
Talk: Sport Along the River Wandle
Organised by the Wandle Industrial Museum. A talk looking at sporting activities from the past and present along the River Wandle – some of which are more disturbing than others! To book a free place please contact Earlsfield Library on 020 8946 2088

Tuesday 31

12-4pm Tooting Library
Family drop in session: Archaeology on your Doorstep
Organised by the Wandsworth Historical Society. Discover the history of where you live with archaeologist, Pamela Greenwood, who will help you identify archaeological objects such as Roman pottery. Bring anything interesting you have found in the ground!
5-5.45pm Wandsworth Town Library
Children’s German Conversation Group
Meet other local German speakers and learners for a social conversation hour to practice the German language. For children ages 6+. Every second Tuesday. Please call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org for more information.
6.30pm Battersea Park Library
Talk: For Battersea Dogs & Cats
Organised by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Wandsworth Libraries & Heritage Service Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has provided temporary shelter and found permanent homes for cats and dogs since 1860. Find out about the charity’s history and archive collections from archivist Kat Hubschmann. Part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival https://www.better.org.uk/library/london/wandsworth/news/wandsworth-heritage-festival-2022. This event is free but donations are welcome at donate.battersea.org.uk Please contact the library on 020 7720 4122 to book a free ticket.