The Summer Reading Challenge is a nationwide reading scheme for children aged 4 - 11 to take part in throughout the summer holidays. The children are challenged to read 6 books within 8 weeks beginning on Saturday July 14th and in return receive free rewards to celebrate their achievement. At the end of the programme they receive a medal and a certificate. The Summer Reading Challenge is supported by national charity The Reading Agency.

Our summer programme of children's events and activities is listed below.

We also have regular Baby Rhyme Time and Children’s Story Time sessions at all Wandsworth Libraries. Find out more at https://www.better.org.uk/news/baby-rhyme-time-and-story-time-in-wandsworth-libraries

For more information about what's happening in Wandsworth libraries follow us on Twitter @wandsworthlibs

 

 

August

Wednesday 1
11am-12pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Explore Learning: Handwriting Workshop
Children take an imaginary trip to the zoo to see all the animals, from the lions to the zebras. The animals guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pigs curly tails help with the letter ‘e’.
2.30pm York Gardens Library, 0207 223 2341
Explore Learning: A Seat At The Kings Throne
Join Explore Learning on a quest to become a grammar knight. For ages 9-11. Free but booking is essential. Please speak to staff.

Thursday 2
9.30-10 Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Story Time followed by Explore Learning: Shape and Measure
Children’s Story Time followed by an educational workshop
2.00 – 3.00pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Explore Learning: Fun with phonics
Children will investigate rhyming words and why they rhyme. Ages 4-6yrs

Friday 3
10.00-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Bonjour les Amis! (Hello Friends!)
Stories, songs, and craft for little ones in French and English with Heather and Claudine. For children aged 5 and under, free drop-in session.
10-10.20am, Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Mischief Makers’ Story Time
Stories for trouble-makers.
10.30-11am, Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Mini Yoga
With Naomi Thrower – Yoga, mischief and mayhem. Ages 3+
2.30-3.30pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Bug Craft Activity
Get up to a load of mischief and make your friends and family jump! This free event is limited to 15 children only. So please book early. Ages 6+

Monday 6
11am Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Explore Learning: Number Bonds
An educational workshop for children.
2pm Earlsfield Library, 0208 946 2088
Explore Learning: Angular Architecture
A free eductional workshop for children aged 7-9 with Explore Learning.
2-3.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Mischief Monday Craft Session
Make Crazy critters Paper masks! Free drop-in session for children

Tuesday 7
10.30-11.15 Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Origami Animals
Make a different Origami animal every Tuesday morning through the summer holidays. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
10.30-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Explore Learning: Awesome Angles In Architecture
Become an architect and lean the areas and angles required to construct the homes of the future in this workshop. For ages 7-9. Free but booking is essential. Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org
11-11.45am Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Champs Academy
Starting a new school? Exams this year? Whatever is happening if anything is making you stressed come along to this professional workshop run by Leigh (From Champs academy) to find out and try out tips and practical techniques to manage stress and feel calmer and more confident. Free drop-in session for ages 6 and above.
2pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Explore Learning Workshop
For children aged 5-8 years. Please contact the library to book a free place.
2.30-3pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Animal Antics
Stories about naughty animals; possibly a badly behaved cat or a deplorable stoat. Free and drop-in for ages 12 months and above.
3-5pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Paper Planes
Make Paper planes, fly and compete with other planes. Lots of mischief in the library! Ages 6+
4pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Explore Learning Workshop
For children aged 9-14 years. Please contact the library to book a free place.

Wednesday 8
3pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
A free workshop by the Lyric Theatre team for children aged 3+
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Mischief Makers: Slime Time!
Learn how to make some ooey gooey slime to take home. Learn a little science, and get a little messy! For 5+. Free and drop in.
11am-12 Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
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 no time like the present to start learning this skill.
6-7pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Code Club
Join us at for some children's code club taster sessions. Learn about Scratch and get ready for Balham Libraries new club in September; ages 5+

Thursday 9
11.30am-12.30pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Mischievous Makers
Aargh! Join us for some pirate crafts after swashbuckling stories
2–3pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Explore Learning: Telling The Time
Learn about the big and the little hands! For ages 5-7 years.
3-4pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Meet Author Jo Gale
Meet children’s author Jo Gale, author of The Rare Monkey With The Colourful Bottom and The Rare Monkey Can’t, Couldn’t, Can! Come and listen to these amazing stories with a strong moral message and make monkey masks afterwards. For ages 3+

Friday 10
10-10.30am Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Katie’s Mischievous Music
Join Katie for campfire songs full of fun & mischief; ages 0-5.
10-11am Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Slime!
Come and make your very own slime at Southfields Library. Signing up is essential as there are limited spaces. Please contact the library to book.
10-11am Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Owl Stories
Jambs Owls are back at Wandsworth Town next week. Get ready with stories and a paper craft for ages 2+ to prepare you for their visit next Tuesday at 11.30am. Booking is essential for the Owl visit.
10.30-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Terrific transport
Stories songs and colouring fun all about things that go Chuff-Chuff, Broom and Beep! For ages 5 and under, free drop-in session.
11am-12pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Explore Learning: Piece Of Cake
Children take an imaginary trip to the bakery as they learn to divide up their favourite treats to help the master their fractions and decimals. How much cake will they get if they need to split it between the whole? Ages 9+. Free but please contact the library to book a place.

Saturday 11
All day Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Beanotown Colouring
Children can come and colour their favourite Beano characters.
11.30am-12.30pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Naughty Knits
The bi-weekly Knitting group for children and their parents or careers with a Mischief Makers twist.
2.30-3pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
A Trip To The Beach
Chill out in the library at this session of summer and beach themed stories. Free and drop-in for ages 12 months and above.

Monday 13
11-11:30am Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt...
Join Kenny Wax as they take us on a bear hunt with stories and crafts. For ages 2+
2-3.30pm, Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Maths Explorers
Join Rita from Maths Explorers for some crazy maths capers. Learn and Play. Ages 7-14
2-3.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Mischief Monday Craft Session
The super science of slime! Make slime in the library! For ages 6 and over. Free but booking is essential. Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org
3.00-4.00 pm Battersea Library, 0207 223 2334
Zoolab
Hang out with some of the animal kingdom’s mischief makers in this workshop with one of the UK’s number one handler of live animals. Come and meet the Animal Ranger and some exotic creatures. For children and their families.

Tuesday 14
10.30-11.15 Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Origami Animals
Make a different Origami animal every Tuesday morning through the summer holidays. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
10.30-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Explore Learning: Maths Sorcerer
Be a master maths Whiz or Wizard, at this times tables workshop. For ages 7-9. Free but booking is essential, Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org
11.30am-12.30pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Jambs Owls
Live owls in the library, please call to book a free place.
2pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Explore Learning Workshop
A maths workshop for ages 5-8 years. Please contact the library to book a free place.
2-5pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Time Travellers
A living history event with the Wandsworth Heritage Service. Find out what life might have been like in Tooting. Play with real archive toys from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s (leant to us by Wandsworth museum). Try out street games your grandparents might have played
2.30pm York Gardens Library, 0207 223 2341
Explore Learning: A Squire’s Journey To Knighthood
Join Explore Learning on a quest to become a grammar knight. For ages 5-6. Free but booking is essential. Please speak to staff.
3-5pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Paper Poppers
Make some noise in the library with these Dennis the Menace paper poppers. Ages 6+

Wednesday 15
11am-12pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Explore Learning: Maths Master
These three workshops take children through the steps to becoming a maths whiz(ard). Starting with 2, 5 and 10 times tables, and then progress to their 3, 4, 6, and 8s. When they graduate they’ll be masters of up to 12 times tables as well!
11am-12pm York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Zoolab
Hang out with some of the animal kingdom’s mischief makers in this workshop with one of the UK’s number one handler of live animals. Come and meet the Animal Ranger and some exotic creatures. For children and their families.
2.30-3.30 Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Design Your Own Cartoon Strip
Get Inspired With Artist Simon Faiers. Ages 5-12
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Mischief Makers: Monkeying Around
Make a monkey headband and unleash your inner mischief maker! Recommended for ages 4+. Free and drop in session

Thursday 16th
2-3pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Explore Learning: Master Maths Sorcerer
Become a maths wizard at this free times table workshop; for ages 5-7.
3.30-5pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Make a Pop-up Card
Make a Beano pop-up card to give to friends or family and make them jump! Ages 5+

Friday 17
10-11am Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Yeti Stories
Abominable tales followed by furry mask making; ages 2-6 years.
10.30-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Every teddy loves a picnic so bring them to the library for a morning of stories songs all about bears with a few their favourite snacks for good measure. For ages 5 and under, free drop-in session.
11am-12pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Zoolab
Hang out with some of the animal kingdom’s mischief makers in this workshop with one of the UK’s number one handler of live animals. Come and meet the Animal Ranger and some exotic creatures. For children and their families.
2pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
The Super Science Of Slime!
Make slime in the library! For ages 6 and over. Free but please contact the library to book a place

Monday 20
10-11am Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Jambs Owls
Back by popular demand! Come and meet real live Owls in the Library, learn amazing Owl facts and possibly even have an up-close encounter with one of these fascinating birds!
11am Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Cartoon Chaos
Create your own Mischief Makers cartoon strip and have fun adding to the Library rolling cartoon strip
2pm Earlsfield Library, 0208 946 2088
Explore Learning: Fun With Phonics
A free eductional workshop for children aged 4-6 with Explore Learning.
2-3pm Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Jambs Owls
Back by popular demand! Come and meet real live Owls in the Library, learn amazing Owl facts and possibly even have an up-close encounter with one of these fascinating birds!
2-3.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Mischief Monday Craft Session
Make a boat fuelled by soap. For ages 6 and over. Free but booking is essential, Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org

Tuesday 21
10.30-11.15 Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Origami Animals
Make a different Origami animal every Tuesday morning through the summer holidays. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
10.30-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Explore Learning: Superheroes
Children help make the world a safer place in this workshop, as they design our future superheroes using 2D and 3D shapes. What shape is the best shape for a cape and a shield? For ages 4-6. Free but booking is essential, Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org
2.30-3pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Superhero Stories
30 minutes of stories about some unlikely superhero’s. Free and drop-in for ages 12 months and above.
2.30-3.30pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Playdough Fun
Make all the characters from The Beano.

Wednesday 22
All Day Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Beano Board Games
Play some Beano board games, or try the Beano Sudoku or word search
2-3pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Tim The Enchanter
Join Tricky Tim for some fantastical street magic and maybe even learn a trick or two. Ages 5+, free but please book a place
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Mischief Makers: Salt Dough Faces
Make a mischievous face out of salt dough. Recommended for ages 4+. Free and drop in.

Thursday 23
11.30am-12.30pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Mischievous Makers
Cor! Join us for some Beano themed mask making. Ages 2+
3-5pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Sime!
Have a go at making slime to take home. Each session lasts 30 minutes and booking is essential. For ages 5+

Friday 24
10-10.30am Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Katie’s Mischievous Music
Join Katie for campfire songs full of fun & mischief; ages 0-5.
10-11am Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Zoolab
Meet Zoolab’s crazy creatures at this animal encounter workshop! for ages 4 and above Free but booking is essential
10-11am Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Mr Men & Little Miss Story Time~
Watch out for Little Miss Naughty, Miss Mischief, Mr Tickle and more. Stay and draw your own character. Ages 2-5 
10.30-11.30am Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Slime

A slime making workshop for ages 3+, please call the library to book a place.
10.30-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Minibeast Minschief!
Silly slugs, bouncing bugs and a very hungry caterpillar all waiting to be found at this super session of stories songs and craft. For ages 5 and under, free drop-in session.
11am-12pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Explore Learning: Angular Architecture
Pop on your hard hats as the children become architects. They will learn the areas and angles required to construct the homes of our future. Can they tell their right angles from their acute? Ages 7-9. Free but please contact the library to book a place.
12.30-1.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Zoolab
Meet Zoolab’s crazy creatures at this animal encounter workshop! for ages 4 and above Free but booking is essential. Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org

Saturday 25
10.30am Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Pirate Crafts
Get on board with some craft activities about pirates; the mischief makers of the sea.
11.30am-12.30pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Naughty Knits
The bi-weekly Knitting group for children and their parents or careers with a Mischief Makers twist.

Tuesday 28
10.30-11.15 Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Origami Animals
Make a different Origami animal every Tuesday morning through the summer holidays. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
10.30-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Explore Learning: Fun with Phonics
Master the world of Phonics using rhyme in this fun workshop which will help young ones prepare for School. For ages 4-6. Free but booking is essential. Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org
2pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Mischief Makers Badge Making
Free but please contact the library to book a place
2.30-3pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Very Favourite Story Time
30 minutes of our very favourite stories old and new. From Mog, to the Gruffalo with a bear hunt in between there is something here everyone will recognize and enjoy!

Wednesday 29
10-10:45am Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Fiction Dance
Make a little musical mischief and learn through movement with Fiction Dance! Groove with an expert choreographer and perform for your parents and carers. Recommended for ages 6+. All skill levels welcome. Please call to book a place.
11am-12pm Southfields Library 020 8780 1945
Explore Learning: A Knight’s Journey
All knights go through many quests and this journey to the king’s throne is no different. We travel back to medieval times and children will joust their way through many grammar tournaments.
11.30-12.15 York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Fiction Dance
Moving mayhem in the Children’s Library! Hip-Hop, Jump-Dance, Move and Groove in a fab free street dance workshop for ages 7 and above. Please contact the library to book a free place.
2-2.45pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Fiction Dance
Moving mayhem in the Children’s Library! Hip-Hop, Jump-Dance, Move and Groove in a fab free street dance workshop for ages 7 and above. Please contact the library to book a free place.

Thursday 30
3-4pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Champs Academy Confidence Building Session
Starting a new school? Exams this year? Whatever is happening if anything is making you stressed come along to this professional workshop run by Leigh (From Champs academy) to find out and try out tips and practical techniques to manage stress and feel calmer and more confident. Free drop-in session for ages 6 and above.
3-4pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
The Great Fairy Tale Mix-up
Someone had been making mischief and has muddled up all the fairy tales, now the characters need your help to unscramble the stories so everyone can get to a ‘Happy Ever After’ join the Magical Quests team for this unique interactive play for all the family. Free but booking is essential. Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org

Friday 31
10.30-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
We’re Ready For School
Stories and songs all about going to school for the very first time. Craft: Help Bunny make and pack a special bag for her first day. For ages 5 and under, free drop-in session.
11am-12pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Explore Learning: Superhero Shapes
Children help make the world a safer place in this workshop, as they design our future superheroes using 2D and 3D shapes. What shape is the best shape for a cape and a shield? Ages 4-6. Free but please contact the library to book a place.

September

Saturday 1
11.30am-12.30pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Make a Lava Lamp
A fun activity for children aged 6+

Wednesday 5
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Mischief Makers: Undercover Masks
Make a goofy mask for some undercover mischief. Recommended for ages 4+. Free and drop in session.