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

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July

Saturday 14
Summer Reading Challenge Launch Day: all libraries
The official launch of the Mischief Makers Summer Reading challenge for children, sign up to get your free Mischief Makers booklet, read six books, and earn prizes.
9.30-4.30pm Tooting Library 020 8767 0543: Character hunt in the Children’s Library. Find and name all the characters hidden around the library and get a lucky dip prize! Free for children of all ages
2.30-3pm Tooting Library 020 8767 0543: Mischief Makers Naughty Story Time. Stories all about rather naughty children! With colouring sheets and games to do afterwards. Free and drop-in for ages 12 months and above

Sunday 15
1.30-4.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Character Hunt
Find and name all the characters hidden in the Children’s Library to win a lucky dip prize! Free for children of all ages

Monday 16
3-4.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Mischief Monday Craft Session
Decotropes Paper magic. Optical illusions to trick your friends! Free, drop-in, for children of all ages.

Tuesday 17
2.30-3pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Story Time
Stories and songs for children aged 12 months and above. Free, and drop-in session.

Wednesday 18
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Mischief Makers: Create Your Own Comic
Get inspired by Beano and our favourite comic books to design your own cartoon strip. Recommended for ages 4+. Free and drop in.

Friday 20 July
10–11am Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Gnasher's Story Time
Doggy tales and colour in Gnasher's mask to take home. Ages 2+ Bring your child's library card and borrow lots of books!

Saturday 21
1-2.15pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Strings club, Music discovery day!
A free, fun session for children to try out stringed instruments; like the Ukulele and Guitar. Under the guidance of tutors from the Strings Club children find out about playing an instrument, learn a little music, and end with a short group performance for mums and dads. For ages 4-11 years call 0121 296 9204 or go to https://www.thestringsclub.org to book a place
2.30-3pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Mischief Makers Naughty Story Time
30 minutes of funny stories and songs to get you chuckling! Free and drop-in for ages 12 months and above
2.30–3.30pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Book Reading by author Lorraine Piddington
Come and listen to Lorraine Piddington read her books The Aliens Who Loved Lemon Curd and Pete from Pluto and his Perfect Pies; make an Alien bookmark afterwards. Ages 2+

Monday 23
10.30-11.15am Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
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.
10.30am Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Explore Learning: A Day At The Zoo
Take an imaginary trip to the zoo to see all the animals in the educational workshop for children
2-2.45pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
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.
2-3.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Mischief Monday Craft Session
Learn how to make an origami paper popper. A small toy that makes a big noise!

Tuesday 24
10.30-11.15am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
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. Free but, booking is essential, Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org
12.30-1.15 York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
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.
1-2pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Explore Learning: Tick-Tock. It’s What O’Clock?
A fun workshop which helps children aged 5-7 years master the tricky life skill of telling the time. Free but, booking is essential, Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org
2-2:45pm 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.
2.30-3pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Time Stories Story Time
Join Peppa, Mr Wolf, and friends as we put into practice the time telling skills we learned at the Tick-Tock Workshop. Free and drop-in for ages 12 months and above.

Wednesday 25
Southfields Library 11am , 020 8780 1945
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?
11-11.45 am Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
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.
2-2.45pm Putney Library, 020 7780 3085
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.

Thursday 26
9.30-10.30am Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Stinky-Dog Where Are You?
Meet author and illustrator Lynne Russell for a Story Time and craft activity about her new book. Copies of Stinky-Dog Where Are You will be on sale afterwards.
11-11.45 am Wandsworth Town, 020 8877 1742
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.
2–3pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Explore Learning Workshop: Superhero Shapes
Join Explore Learning for this free workshop where they teach you all about shaped and help you to build your own superhero! Ask the Librarian where the Shape books are kept or if you know the Dewey system, get them yourself – C516.15. Ages 4–6
2-2.45pm Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
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.

Friday 27
10.30-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Romping Stomping Monsters!
Romp and stomp with the dinosaurs at this fun session with stories, Songs and craft. For ages 5 and under, free drop-in session.
11-11.45 am Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
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.
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.

Saturday 28
11am–12pm
Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
BLAM! Dantastic Adventures With Minnie the Minx
Magic, games and dancing with lots of props and fun costumes. Come along and join in! Don’t forget to bring your library card, sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge and if you like, borrow 6 books from our massive selection of graphic novels. Ages 5+ Free

Monday 30
10-11am Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
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!
10.30am Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Explore Learning: Phonics
A free educational workshop for children
12-1pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Zoolab
Meet Zoolab’s crazy creatures at this animal encounter workshop! for ages 4 and above. Please contact the library to book a free place.
2-3pm Putney Library, 0208 780 3085
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: Rockin Rockets!

Work as a team to make simple paper rockets and test them to see which is the best flyer. For ages 6 and over. Free but, booking is essential, Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org

Tuesday 31
10.30-11.30am Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Explore Learning: A Piece of Cake!
Take an imaginary trip to the bakery and learn to divide your favourite treats to help the master fractions and decimals. How much cake will you get if you need to split it between the whole? For ages 9-11. Free but, booking is essential, Speak to staff or e-mail tooting.library@gll.org
2.30-3pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Gnasher’s Story Time
Naughty dogs and playful Pups abound in this dog themed story time. Free and drop-in for ages 12 months and above.

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’.

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
2-4pm Tooting Library 020 8767 0543
Time Travellers
What was life like 80years ago when The Beano comic launched on the 30th July 1938! Find out what life might have been like then and when it reached its peak in the 1950’s at this interactive event for all the family. Try your hand at some games your grandparents might have played, Meet Wandsworth Archivist Emma Anthony and see at archive pictures and material from those times. Free drop-in session for children of all ages.

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.

Monday 6
11am Northcote Library, 020 7223 2336
Explore Learning: Number Bonds
An educational workshop for children.
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
10.30-11.30am 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.
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
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.

Friday 10
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.
10.30-11.30am 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.

Monday 13
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
10.30-11.30am 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
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
Explore Learning Workshop
A maths workshop. Please contact the library to book a free place.
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.

Wednesday 15
11am-12pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945

Explore Learning: Maths Master
This workshop takes 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.
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 for children.

Friday 17
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
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
10.30-11.30am 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.

Wednesday 22
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.

Friday 24
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
10.30-11.30am 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.
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

Tuesday 28
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
Zoolab
Meet Zoolab’s crazy creatures at this animal encounter workshop! for ages 4 and above Free but booking is essential
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.

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.
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

September

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.