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October is  Black History Month, an annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. Wandsworth Libraries have a full programme of events celebrating African and Caribbean cultures and histories.

The list below is provisional and subject to change. If you would like to attend an event please contact the library as booking is essential.

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Monday 21

3-4pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Storytelling with John Titi
Join Balham library in welcoming John Titi: travelling storyteller extraordinaire! John will be regaling us with reimagined tales collected from the communities he works with. Diverse African performance elements like banter, chant, song, music, riddles, tongue twisters, dance and movement are seamlessly interwoven to form highly interactive contemporary storytelling theatre performances. Most suitable for 7+ but all welcome. Free & no need to book
6.30-8pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
The Making of the Windrush Generation’
This session by Barbara Ellis  will focus on how the ‘so called Windrush Generation’ linking their presence in the Caribbean from the  buying  and selling of Africans  from the 14th century onwards,  first  by Arabs and then the Europeans.  After Emancipation in 1838, but the destructive policies of the former slave masters and their government to maintain the status quo constantly worked against their drive for economic and self-development.  So they also set about achieving their inborn aspirations in the United Kingdom from 1948, energetically.  They fought against the ‘hostile environment’ they had been invited and recruited into.  The Immigration Act of 2014, their automatic right to citizenship, to work, health care and social entitlements, leaving hundreds of this generation and their families in catastrophic circumstances.

Tuesday 22

10am-12pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Wangari’s Trees of Peace
A story and craft event with Heather. Hear the inspiring true story of Wangari Maathai the first African Woman to win the Nobel Prize. Take part in a craft event based on the story.
2-3pm Southfields Children’s Library, 020 8780 1945
African Folk Tales Using Puppets and Shadow Play
A partly interactive session with Delvene from Littlecrowns Storyhouse. Free event, but booking is essential.  Suitable for ages 5-11years.
2.30-3pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Handa’s Surprise Story-Time with Amma Poku
Free, drop-in session. Enter the world of Handa and her Friend Akeyo at this interactive story session that brings to life the sights, sounds and tastes of this iconic story book.

Wednesday 23

All day, Balham Library, 020 8763 1129
Black History Month Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate Black History Month and the power of stories with this drop in scavenger hunt and see whose voices and stories you can find on your library’s shelves. Most suitable for ages 7+. Free and drop in session.
10.15-11.15am, Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
African Animals Stories & Craft
As part of our Black History Month celebrations we will be reading about lots of different African animals and showing you how to make your very own African animal.
11am-1pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
African Headwrap Workshop

The richness of African textiles, the variety of materials, the combination of colours and its use as an expression of rituals, communication and art is something that is conventional as well as contemporary. Learn about African textiles with fashion designer and textile artist, Sylvia Emodi.   As part of the session, the workshop will give you an opportunity to get practical with a range of craft techniques. Suitable for the entire family.
2-4pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Half Term Black History Month Celebration
An afternoon of crafts, games, and – of course! – books to celebrate Black History Month. Drop in throughout and join us for a special story time at 3:00 pm. Free and drop in. For children and their families.

Thursday 24

9.30–10.30am Ages 3+ Northcote Children’s Library, 020 7223 2336
Traffic Light Stories And Craft
African American inventor and businessman Garrett Morgan invented the traffic light, as part of Black History Month we will be holding a special story and craft session to celebrate his most important invention.
2-3pm, Balham Library, 020 8763 1129
Explore Learning: Telling the Time
We will help children tackle the challenge of the big and little hand in this telling the time workshop. We all know how tricky it can be to master this lifelong skill, so there’s no time like the present to start learning. Ages 5-7. Registration required. 
3.15-4.15pm Earlsfield Children’s Library, 020 8946 2088
Tiger Hunt
An event for children with author Barbara Ellis; a retired teacher, trainer, organiser and author of Tiger Hunt. She is the author of several books on education and Black history, alongside writing stories for children.
5-6pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Malorie Blackman

YA pop up book group with Heather. A free drop-in session, for age 12+. Borrow & read a copy of Nought Forever, come & share your views on this book & other YA black writers at a pop-up group. Bring talk. Nibbles provided!

Friday 25

11am-4pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Pop up ‘Book Love’ Carnival
In schools, libraries, galleries, on screens and even on our high streets - the stark lack of culturally inclusive representation, is sadly too obvious.  We at Book Love have made it our mission to change this.  We curate, showcase and bring together the best multicultural content the world of arts has to offer.  Book Love will take you on a journey of discovery with storytelling, meet the author events and the opportunity to buy inspiring books www.thisisbooklove.com

Monday 28

10am-12pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Black Entrepreneurs in History – could you turn your passion into a business idea?
The talk 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.

Tuesday 29

2-3pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Jazz Craft and Stories with Patrick
Come & chill as Patrick Malone reads stories and leads a simple craft which introduces children to the wonderful world of Jazz and some of its musical heros. Free drop-in session.
6.30-8pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Black Victorians: Multi-cultural Lives in 19th Century London

Focusing on the historical and cultural geographies of the black presence in Britain (particularly London), the talk will also include Victorian theories of race and anti-racism and the links between contemporary identity and the diverse histories of London.
Dr Caroline Bressey was awarded her PhD on Forgotten Geographies: Historical Geographies of Black Women in Victorian and Edwardian London in 2003. In 2007 she became a lecturer in human geography and founded the Equiano Centre to support research into the Black Presence in Britain. In 2009 she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize.