May Events and Activities

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. Sofia Khan is not Obliged by Ayisha Malik is the 2019 book. Find it here on our library catalogue https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/wandsworth/items/385927

The Wandsworth Heritage Festival starts on 25th May and runs through to 9th June. You can see a full programme of events here https://www.better.org.uk/library/london/wandsworth/balham-library/news/wandsworth-heritage-festival

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1st-31st May: Putney and Southfields Library
Blind Date with a Book
Cityread is about reading for pleasure but can you fall in love with a book? How many does it take to find the right one?

Wednesday  1st May 
10am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Digipals
Computer skills sessions in association with AgeUK  Wandsworth to  help older people access relevant information, services and entitlements online and also help them to connect with family and friends.
4-4.30pm, Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
May Day Story Time

Mayday! Mayday! Celebrate the beginning of Springtime’s sunniest month with our extra story time session. Suitable for all Ages.
5.30-7.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Tech and Tea: Social Media
A free and relaxed  technology and IT workshop with Communitech. Find out about social media, learn about the most popular sites, protecting your privacy, and more. No question is a silly question https://communitech.org.uk/events/

Friday 3
1-3pm York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Intergenerational Arts
Are you aged 65+ and interested in taking part in an arts and photography project, working with teenagers and supported by experienced artists? All are welcome. No arts experience is necessary. The programme is run by Wandsworth artist Sam Haynes in partnership with Age UK Wandsworth.
4pm Earlsfield Children’s Library, 20 8946 2088
Fun with Elmer the Elephant

Basic language skills in French and Spanish for ages 5+. Continuing monthly, on the first Friday of each month.

Saturday 4
11am Battersea Park Children’s Library, 020 7720 4122
May the Fourth be with you

Celebrate Star Wars day with Star Wars drawings, colourings and share your favourite Star Wars stories
2-2.45pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Star Wars Quiz 
May the fourth be with you this Star Wars day. Come along, dress up and test your knowledge of one of the most iconic movie series ever. Ideal for 6+ all ages welcome, families and parents welcome too.

Sunday 5
2.30-4.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Tech and Tea: Social Media
A free and relaxed  technology and IT workshop with Communitech. Find out about social media, learn about the most popular sites, protecting your privacy, and more. No question is a silly question https://communitech.org.uk/events/

Tuesday 7
3.30-4.30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Happy Thoughts Crafts

Celebrate Mental Health awareness week with our happy thoughts  craft session!

Wednesday 8
10am-12pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Digipals
Computer skills sessions in association with AgeUK  Wandsworth to  help older people access relevant information, services and entitlements online and also help them to connect with family and friends.

Thursday 9
9.30-10am Northcote Children’s Library, 020 7223 2336
Special Story Time with Illustrator Jane Porter
Come and meet Jane Porter, illustrator of the children’s book Wings, for a special Story Time.

Friday 10
1-3 York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Intergenerational Arts
Are you aged 65+ and interested in taking part in an arts and photography project, working with teenagers and supported by experienced artists? All are welcome. No arts experience is necessary. The programme is run by Wandsworth artist Sam Haynes in partnership with Age UK Wandsworth.
3-5pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Action on Hearing Loss: Deaf Awareness Week
An information stand run by Action on Hearing Loss

Saturday 11
10am-12pm & 2-4pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Knitting Workshop: Mother
Anita has been knitting an art installation for two years. It is about addiction and affection, curiosity and care. It is about what we choose to comfort us and where we find it. It is almost ready. You are invited to join her in making the final stages of the work in a relaxed drop-in workshop of talking, writing and knitting. For all ages and abilities. Part of the Wandsworth arts fringe
12.30-2pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334

Space Crafts!
It’s International Astronomy day so pop in to make your own stars, planets and spaceships! Suitable for all ages.

Monday 13
5.30-7.30pm, Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Putney Library Film Club: The Painted Veil
Based on the 1925 novel of the same title by W. Somerset Maugham.

Wednesday 15
10am-12pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Digipals
Computer skills sessions in association with AgeUK  Wandsworth to  help older people access relevant information, services and entitlements online and also help them to connect with family and friends.
10.15-11.15am York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Wandsworth Art Fringe Silver Swans: Beginners Ballet

A fun ballet-based movement class for ages 55+ designed to help improve mobility, coordination and energy levels. Suitable for all levels, book tickets at  https://www.wandsworthfringe.com/whats-on-2019/get-a-taste-for-dance-1
11.30am-12.15pm York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Wandsworth Art Fringe  The Gruffalo
A dance and storytelling workshop (2.5-4 years, with parent/carer) , book tickets at  https://www.wandsworthfringe.com/whats-on-2019/get-a-taste-for-dance-1
12-2pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Knit and Natter
Drop in at this free session.
4-5pm York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Wandsworth Art Fringe  Matilda
A dance workshop (5-7 years): Bringing the magic of Matilda in a session exploring characterisation through dance and music, book tickets at  https://www.wandsworthfringe.com/whats-on-2019/get-a-taste-for-dance-1
4.30-5.30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Creative Writing class
Love stories? Ever tried writing them? Unlock you imagination and get ready to write some amazing tales and create awesome characters at this creative writing session. Suitable for ages 6+.
5.30-7.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Tech and Tea: Google Accounts
A free and relaxed  technology and IT workshop with Communitech. Find out about calendars, cloud storage, Youtube, and more. No question is a silly question https://communitech.org.uk/events/
6.30-7.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Putney Wellbeing Friends
Is your mind full or mindful? A group event for all who would like to learn the basic techniques for practicing mindfulness.

Friday 17
1-3 York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Intergenerational Arts
Are you aged 65+ and interested in taking part in an arts and photography project, working with teenagers and supported by experienced artists? All are welcome. No arts experience is necessary. The programme is run by Wandsworth artist Sam Haynes in partnership with Age UK Wandsworth.

Saturday 18
12-1pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Family Board Game Bonanza
To celebrating the International day of families, we want you to bring the whole family in to play our collection  of classic board games. Chess, draughts, snakes and ladders. We’ve got them all. Suitable for 4+. Children must be supervised.

Sunday 19
2.30-4.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Tech and Tea: Google Accounts
A free and relaxed  technology and IT workshop with Communitech. Find out about calendars, cloud storage, Youtube, and more. No question is a silly question https://communitech.org.uk/events/

Tuesday 21
10am-12pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
Digipals
Computer skills sessions in association with AgeUK  Wandsworth to  help older people access relevant information, services and entitlements online and also help them to connect with family and friends.

Wednesday 22
10.15-11.15am Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Sing Song Pirate Story Time
To celebrate the release of the Go, Go, Pirate Boat song and book we will sing this new version of a classic nursery rhyme and read some classic pirate stories. After the stories we will be making pirate hats, colouring in and other fun pirate based activities.
4-5pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Battersea Children’s Book Circle
Would you like meet kids your own age who love books as much as you do? Join our book circle! We can chat about books, tell stories and maybe even play some games. Suitable for ages 7+

Thursday 23
9.30-10.30am Northcote Children Library, 020 7223 2336
Celebrating Elmer Day!
Stories, cutting and sticking. Suitable for children aged 2 upwards.

Friday 24
1-3 York Gardens Library, 020 7223 2341
Intergenerational Arts
Are you aged 65+ and interested in taking part in an arts and photography project, working with teenagers and supported by experienced artists? All are welcome. No arts experience is necessary. The programme is run by Wandsworth artist Sam Haynes in partnership with Age UK Wandsworth.
3.30-4.30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334

Elmer Day Colouring
In honour of everyone’s favourite multi-coloured elephant we are hosting an Elmer colouring session. Suitable for all ages.

Saturday 25
11am Battersea Park Children’s Library, 020 7720 4122
Elmer Day

Come along and share stories about one of our most loved book characters- ‘Elmer the Elephant’ on his annual special day. Draw and colour in your own Elmer to put up on display in the Library
2.30-4.00pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
It’s Elmer day!

Make, sing and stomp to celebrate our very favourite patchwork elephant! Free, drop-in session & for all ages.  Elephant stories & songs 2:30-3:15pm. Craft session 3:30-4:30p, make elephant decorations to take home.

Tuesday 28
2pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 3085
Silver Circle Reading Group
Everyone is welcome to come along and join the Southfields Silver Circle Reading Group to discuss Sofia Khan is Not Obliged.
2:30-4:30pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Rrrribbitt!
Hop to it for, stories, songs and craft all about jumping frogs and wriggling tadpoles. Free, drop-in & for all ages. Stories & Songs 2:30-3:00pm followed by Craft 3:15-4:30pm
3.30-4.30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Eid Craft Session
Celebrate the end of Ramadan with our Eid craft session. Suitable for all ages. Children must be supervised at all times.
4pm Battersea Park Children’s Library, 020 7720 4122
Board Games
Take part in a battle of the board games.

Wednesday 29
11am Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334

The Magic Watchmaker
Join us for a performance where you will meet John Neville Maskelyne,  a watchmaker and magician who lived on  Albert Bridge Road in Battersea in the late 19th century. He will perform magic tricks while telling us weird and wonderful facts from the borough’s history. Presented as part of the Wandsworth Heritage festival. Suitable for 5+
11am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Silver Circle Reading Group
Everyone is welcome to come along and join the Wandsworth Town Silver Circle Reading Group to discuss Sofia Khan is Not Obliged.
4pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Explore Learning: The Knights 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. Ages 5-6
5.30-7.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Tech and Tea: Mastering Your Emails
A free and relaxed  technology and IT workshop with Communitech. Find out about organising your inbox, downloading attachments, searching for emails, and more. No question is a silly question https://communitech.org.uk/events/
7.45 for 8pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Murder Mystery: A Wandsworth Literary Whodunnit
The Mighty Wandsworth Art Players bring you a mystery to solve. Putney publisher George Newnes is aghast. Someone has murdered the most famous fictional sleuth of all time: Sherlock Holmes! Can he borrow a time machine from HG Wells to bring Putney’s literary giants back to solve the crime? Tickets £5, includes a literary themed cocktail. For tickets please call or email charlene.coleman@gll.org

Thursday 30
2:00-2:45 & 3:30-4:15pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Family Performance: The story of Piney Gir
Serious Productions present The story of Piny Gir. Piney takes an adventure above the clouds to meet crazy creatures, animals and wizards, and discover her stage name. Performed by Piney Gir and Ceri Ashcroft for children aged 5+. To find out more and book your free tickets go to https://serious.org.uk/events/the-story-of-piney-gir
6-7.30pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
An Audience with Muhammad Abdul Bari
Join us in conversation with Muhammad Abdul Bari as he discusses his memoir A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way which outlines his experience as a   community leader at the forefront of the British Muslim community’s most   pressing challenges . Free tickets, please contact Tooting Library to book.

Friday 31
11am-12pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Superhero Phonics
With Lara Sutherland from Sounds Right Phonics.  A  super-fun free taster session of her interactive phonics classes. Why not come dressed as your favourite Superhero? Free, drop-in session for ages 1-4 & parents & carers.
12-5pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Archaeology on your Doorstep

A free family drop-in session organised by the Wandsworth Historical Society. Discover the history of where you live with archaeologist Pamela Greenwood, who will help you identify historic maps and archaeological objects such as Roman pottery. Bring anything interesting you have found in the ground!
2.30-3.30pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Stories and Songs in French/ Histoires et Chansons en Français
Rejoignez-nous pour une session amusante d'histoires, de chansons et de coloriage en Français avec Claudine. Gratuit, sans rendez-vous, pour tous les âges.
Join us for a fun session of stories, songs and colouring in French with Claudine. Free, drop-in session for all ages.

Sunday 2nd June
2.30-4.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Tech and Tea: Mastering Your Emails
A free and relaxed  technology and IT workshop with Communitech. Find out about organising your inbox, downloading attachments, searching for emails, and more. No question is a silly question https://communitech.org.uk/events/