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Wandsworth libraries closed for the Jubilee Bank Holidays, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June
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Date posted 27 May 2022

Half Term and June Events and Activities

Wandsworth Libraries will be closed for the Jubilee Bank Holidays on Thursdy 2nd and Friday 3rd June..

The Wandsworth Heritage Festival runs until Sunday 12th June.  We have a packed programme of walks, talks, and half term workshops for children.  You can view the list of events here, and printed copies are available in Wandsworth Libraries. As part of the Festival the following displays are available to view during library opening hours.

Poles in South London
Organised by the Stockwell Partnership
This exhibition will tell the story of Poles who settled in South London after World War II, mainly in Balham, Clapham and Tooting. Blended with artefacts and digital materials produced by Polish speaking residents from South London.
• Balham Library, 16 Ramsden Road SW12 8QY

Caribbean through a Lens
Produced by The National Archives
A snapshot of over 100 years of Caribbean colonial history in The National Archives’ collection of images from Ministry of Information and Foreign and Commonwealth Office collections. Also features some recently collected Wandsworth stories from Hestia’s Age Activity Centre.
• Battersea Library, 265 Lavender Hill SW11 1JB

100 years and growing: a history of allotment life in Putney
Produced by the Roehampton Garden Society
Documenting 100 years of change, this exhibition will take you from the Society’s roots in the Garden City movement right up to today’s Grow Your Own revival. Our thriving allotments provide solace, exercise and pleasure for those who cultivate them.
• Putney Library, 5-7 Disraeli Road SW15 2DR

The Royal Family in Wandsworth
Produced by Wandsworth Libraries & Heritage Service
From Queen Mary’s narrow escape from a car accident in 1939, to HM Queen Elizabeth II visiting the Ram Brewery (not to mention Prince Charles pulling a pint!), The Royal Family have frequented Wandsworth more often than you might think!
• On display in the following libraries: Earlsfield Library, Northcote Library, Battersea Park Library, Southfields Library, and Roehampton Library

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Saturday 28th May

All day Wandsworth Town Library
Elmer Day Craft
Celebrate Elmer Day with crafts inspired by everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant. Ages 3+. Free, drop in. Available throughout the day while supplies last.
11am Balham Children’s Library
Gardening Week Story Time
Take part in our special Children’s Gardening week story time and craft session from 11am on Saturday morning. Learn about gardens and the natural world, listen to some stories, and have fun
11-1:30pm Battersea Park Children’s Library
Saturday Crafts
Come and join our weekly craft session
11am Tooting Children’s Library
Roman Themed Story and Craft Session
Meet Author Kate Cunningham as she reads her new book Vlad and the Roman Triumph. Learn about ancient Rome through the eyes of Vlad the flea and Felix the cat, then make your own mosaic work of art. For children aged 5-10.
11am-1pm Roehampton Children’s Library
Arty Kid’s Crafts
Enjoy colouring, crafts and games every Saturday. This week, it's Elmer Day. Come in and draw your own Elmer the Elephant or make him out of a milkbottle.
11am Southfields Children’s Library
Elmer Day
Come along for craft and colouring activities about Elmer the patchwork elephant.
2.30-3.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Children’s Reading Group
A reading group for children ages 8-12. Come have a chat about some great children’s books. Free, but drop in, call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org for more information or to reserve your copy of this month’s book. Meets on the last Saturday of each month.
3.30-4.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Wild Weekends
Drop in for a weekend story time and craft inspired by the animal awareness days. For ages 3+. Free, drop in.

Monday 30th May

9.30-10am Putney Library
Jubilee Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for children and toddlers, with a Jubilee theme.
10.30-12.30pm Balham Library
Knit and Knatter
Share skills, learn new crafts and meet lovely people. Refreshments provided. Bring your own projects or start something new. Craft for fun, for charity, yourself or others! Basic materials provided but home resources are encouraged. Welcome to knitters, crocheters and embroiderers.
11-11.30 Battersea Library
Jubilee Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for children and toddlers, with a Jubilee theme.
2-2.30pm Putney Library
Jubilee Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for children and toddlers, with a Jubilee theme.
3pm Balham Children’s Library
A Royal Tea Party

Prepare for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Balham Library on Monday 30th May with a extra special tea party and story time. Join us for an afternoon tea, listen to stories, make your own crown and dress up to celebrate the reign of Elizabeth II.
4-4.30pm Battersea Library
Jubilee Story Time
Royal stories celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 75th Jubilee.
5-6pm Balham Children’s Library
Teen Book Club
Calling all teenagers—your library needs you!  Come along on the last Monday of every month and have your say in what the library  provides for your age group, what events we run, and even the books we choose.  You bring the ideas - we bring the snacks! Ages 13+, all welcome.
6pm Earlsfield Library
Talk: Sport Along the Wandle
Organised by the Wandle Industrial Museum. A talk looking at sporting activities from the past and present along the River Wandle – some of which are more disturbing than others! To book a free place please contact Earlsfield Library on 020 8946 2088

Tuesday 31 May

11-11.30 Battersea Library
Jubilee Baby Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for children and toddlers, with a Jubilee theme.
12-4pm Tooting Library
Family drop in session: Archaeology on your Doorstep
Organised by the Wandsworth Historical Society. Discover the history of where you live with archaeologist, Pamela Greenwood, who will help you identify archaeological objects such as Roman pottery. Bring anything interesting you have found in the ground!
4-5pm Battersea Library
Children’s Craft: Crown Making
Have a go at making your own royal crown.
5-5.45pm Wandsworth Town Library
Children’s German Conversation Group
Meet other local German speakers and learners for a social conversation hour to practice the German language. For children ages 6+. Every second Tuesday. Please call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org for more information.
6.30pm Battersea Park Library
Talk: For Battersea Dogs & Cats
Organised by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Wandsworth Libraries & Heritage Service Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has provided temporary shelter and found permanent homes for cats and dogs since 1860. Find out about the charity’s history and archive collections from archivist Kat Hubschmann. Part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival https://www.better.org.uk/library/london/wandsworth/news/wandsworth-heritage-festival-2022. This event is free but donations are welcome at donate.battersea.org.uk Please contact the library on 020 7720 4122 to book a free ticket.

Wednesday 1 June

10.30-11.30am Putney Library
Jubilee Crown Craft
Make a royal crown to take home.
10.30am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
11am Balham Library
Heritage Festival Children’s workshop: Wandsworth at War
Organised by Wandsworth Libraries & Heritage Service. Wandsworth was heavily bombed throughout World War II, but ordinary people continued to live and work here. Find out more about their experiences through artefacts and photographs.
4pm onwards Roehampton Library
The Big DIY Jubilee Party

A potpourri event, with something for everyone. Learn to save money, get an idea for a new business, and more. Meet Jasmine Beverley, author of The Unseen Veil, and find out how to become a published writer. Refreshments provided.
8-9pm Putney Library
Murder at the Bake-off
The Putney Library murder mystery is back! Due to an unfortunate exploding-pudding incident in the bake-off tent last week, the next episode of the Great Putney Bake-off will take place at Putney Library. Judges John Jollygood and Constance Forth will be looking for sheer baking perfection. But will all be sweetness and light - or will it be Death by Chocolate? Indulge your inner sleuth (not to mention your sweet tooth!) and help solve the mystery! Tickets £3, available in advance from the library, email Charlene.coleman@gll.org or call 020 8780 3085.

Saturday 4

10.30am-1pm Balham Library
Lego Club
Drop in for Lego Club, and get creative with other children, every Saturday.
10.30-11am Putney Library
Jubilee Rhyme Time
Songs and rhymes for children and toddlers, with a Jubilee theme
11-1:30pm Battersea Park Children’s Library
Saturday Crafts
Come and join our weekly craft session
11am-2pm Northcote Children's Library
Crown and Badge Making
Drop in to make a Jubilee crown or badge to take home.
11am-1pm Roehampton Children’s Library
Arty Kid’s Crafts
Enjoy colouring, crafts and games every Saturday.
2 - 4pm Balham Children’s Library
Jubilee Craft Club
Travel back in time to the 1950s and make your own Jubilee-themed pin wheel at today’s drop-in craft club. 
2pm Tooting Library
Jubilee Crown Craft
Make a royal crown to take home. Free drop in activity for children.
3.30-4.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Wild Weekends
Drop in for a weekend story time and craft inspired by the animal awareness days. For ages 3+. Free, drop in.

Monday 6

5.30pm Earlsfield Library
Heritage Festival Film screening: Wombles from the lane – an oral history of Wimbledon Football Club
Organised by digital:works. Often cited as the greatest story in football, Wimbledon AFC are the only club to have won both the FA Amateur Cup and the FA cup! This film charts their story with newly collected oral testimony, archive footage, and images from Merton Heritage & Local Studies Centre. Free, to book please contact Earlsfield Library on 020 8946 2088
6pm Tooting Library
Heritage Festival Talk: Wandsworth and the Edwardian Roller Skating Boom
Organised by Sean Creighton. The years 1908-1912 saw a boom in rinking (roller skating). Several rinks operated in Wandsworth. Sean Creighton will explain the history of the boom in the area and the links with the National Skating Association. Free, to book please contact Tooting Library on 020 8767 0543

Tuesday 7

10.30am-12pm Tooting Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/ to learn more.
7.30-9.30pm Tooting Library
Author Visit: Karen Joy Fowler
New York Times Bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler will  be at Tooting Library discussing her new book Booth. To book a free place, speak to a member of staff, email tooting.library@gll.org  call 020 8767 0543

Wednesday 8

10.30am-12pm Southfields Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
1-2.30pm Putney Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
6.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Heritage Festival Talk: Wandsworth’s Lost Fishing Village
Organised by the Wandsworth Historical Society. From the seventeenth century to the nineteenth, an area dominated by fishermen and watermen flourished near Wandsworth Bridge. Dorian Gerhold tells the story of this remarkable settlement and the families who lived and worked there. Free, to book please contact Wandsworth Town Library on 020 8877 1742

Thursday 9

9.30-10am Northcote Library
Story Time: Empathy Day
A special story time for Empathy Day.

Saturday 11

2-4pm Balham Library
Wandsworth Arts Fringe: Nan Kids
What does family mean to you? Join artist Leon Clowes for real life stories of people  raised by grandparents. A free drop-in event where you can watch, draw, chat, write, or listen.

Monday 13

5.30pm Putney Library
Film Club: Love & friendship
A Witty adaptation of Jane Austen's novella from film-maker Whit Stillman. Kate Beckinsale stars as Lady Susan, a high-class widow whose waning finances threaten her status and lifestyle. FREE EVENT! No need to book just turn up!

Tuesday 14

9.30-11.30am Battersea Park Library
Wandsworth Arts Fringe: An Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy
Join Beatrice Boivineau to practice the basics of Chinese calligraphy. You can also see an exhibition of Chinese calligraphy works all day.

Wednesday 15

Wandsworth Arts Fringe: Moich Abrahams Exhibition
The work of award-winning neo-expressionist insider-outsider artist Moich Abrahams has been selected for numerous exhibitions in London. Moich enjoys combining spontaneity and playfulness with exploring deeper aspects of the unconscious. He is fascinated with both unwrapping the mysterious and reinventing child-like expressiveness. Central to this process is the art of 'letting go'. He lives and works in London. Viewing during library opening hours until 25th June
10.30am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
6.30pm Putney Library
Talk: The London Wetland Centre
On your doorstep - have you visited the London Wetland Centre? From Victorian concrete reservoirs to urban oasis, hear how this transformation was achieved and how the Wetlands offers something for every visitor to enjoy! A talk by Nick Oliver in association with the Friends of Putney Library. Please book free a ticket in advance, email Charlene.coleman@gll.org or call 020 8780 3085.

Thursday 16

All Day, Tooting Library
Wandsworth Art Fringe: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition

Travel through time and the different styles of traditional calligraphy. This exhibition runs until 26th June and can be viewed during library opening hours.
6-8pm Balham Library
City of Stories: Home
Come along to this special free event marking the launch of the City of Stories Home anthology. Take part in a special creative writing session, hear local authors read there stories, pick up a free copy of the anthology, and more. Book free tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wandsworth-city-of-stories-home-celebration-event-tickets-319359501867

Saturday 18

2-4pm Putney Library
Wandsworth Arts Fringe: Nan Kids
What does family mean to you? Join artist Leon Clowes for real life stories of people  raised by grandparents. A free drop-in event where you can watch, draw, chat, write, or listen.

Monday 20

4-6pm Roehampton Library
Wandsworth Arts Fringe: Nan Kids
What does family mean to you? Join artist Leon Clowes for real life stories of people  raised by grandparents. A free drop-in event where you can watch, draw, chat, write, or listen.

Tuesday 21

10.30am-12pm Tooting Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/ to learn more.

Wednesday 22

10.30am-12pm Southfields Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.
1-2.30pm Putney Library
Digipals
Run by Age UK Wandsworth staff and trained/checked volunteers. Friendly drop-in support for older people; advice on shopping online; accessing information and entertainment on the internet; and connecting with people via emails/video calls/social media. Bring your own device or use a library computer.
Visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/our-services/digipals/  to learn more.

Saturday 25

11.30am Northcote Library
London Undercurrents
Battersea poet Hilaire and Islington poet Joolz Sparkes read from their poetry collection London Undercurrents, published by Holland Park Press. They will discuss the inspirational women behind their closely researched work, including: Charlotte Despard; 17th century asparagus growers in Battersea Fields; Price's Candles factory workers, and their north London sisters
1.15-3.30pm Tooting Library
Wandsworth Arts Fringe: An Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy
Join Beatrice Boivineau to practice the basics of Chinese calligraphy.
2-4pm York Gardens Library
Wandsworth Arts Fringe: Nan Kids
What does family mean to you? Join artist Leon Clowes for real life stories of people  raised by grandparents. A free drop-in event where you can watch, draw, chat, write, or listen. Part of the Wandsworth Art Fringe 2022.