May is the month for Cityread London. An annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. The Muse by Jessie Burton has been chosen as the book for 2018.

Find The Muse on our library catalogue here or download the eBook

You can find out more about Cityread here or see the list below of events and activities in Wandsworth.

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Friday 4: 7pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Swinging London
The Sixties saw London cast off the gloom of the post-war years and transform into the bright, swinging centre of style and culture. This illustrated timeline provides a reminder of that groovy, swinging decade!
Saturday 5: 3pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Breadboard Art
The Breadboard Museum: The world's first museum displaying 400 breadboards, knives and related items dating from the Victorian period onwards. The collection was amassed over 30 years and contains an impressive variety of breadboards, some commemorating royal occasions, family celebrations or trips around England and Europe. Madeline Neave will be bringing a part of the museum’s collection to Putney Library and will be discussing the museum and her love of breadboards. Cheese and bread will also be served from a selection of boards.

Tuesday 8: 3.30pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
City Read
A children’s event for City Read month with London themed colourings, drawings and stories
Wednesday 9: 10.15am Southfields Library 020 8780 1945
City Read Story time
To celebrate City Read month we will having a special Children's Story Time reading stories about the city of London.
Thursday 17: 7-9pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Life Drawing with We Are Starkers
Brought to you by Wandsworth Libraries and Figuration, an award winning studio that runs creative workshops for all abilities. As part of Cityread London 2018 we are offering this unique opportunity to come along and draw from a life model. Let the nude model be your muse. Inspired by the paintings vividly described by author Jessie Burton, draw the figure in an imagined landscape guided by an expert tutor. Cost £10, please contact Earlsfield Libary to book a place or visit
7.15-8.45pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
From Eros to Easels: an armchair walk along Piccadilly & Jermyn Street
Christine Davis will take you on an armchair walk to find out the history of the streets that Odelle would have walked down on her way to work. Part of CityRead.
Thursday 24: 7pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Whistler In London

Painter, printmaker, teacher, critic, polemicist, flamboyant dandy, acerbic wit, ebullient self-publicist, irascible litigant and a serious artist of considerable refinement, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was one of the most controversial figures in the London art world of the late-Victorian period. Educated in the Parisian studio of Charles Gleyre and influenced by Japanese art and design, Whistler spent many of his most productive years in Chelsea, capturing crepuscular atmospheric effects on the Thames and producing some of his most memorable portraits. Antony Clayton, author of Decadent London and Netherwood: Last Resort of Aleister Crowley will give an illustrated talk about one of the greatest London artists.