October Events and Activities

October is  Black History Month, an annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. You can see the full Wandsworth Libraries programme of events here https://www.better.org.uk/library/london/wandsworth/news/black-history-month-in-wandsworth-libraries

If you would like to attend an event please contact the library in advance to see if booking is required.

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Monday 14

5.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Film Club: Midnight In Paris

2011 fantasy comedy film. For more details contact Jadranka.Vucinic@gll.org No need to book, just turn up.

Tuesday 15

2.30-4.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Get Online Week
A free course. Learn how to use the internet for online shopping and banking, and job searching, plus introduction to Office programs and e-mailing. For more information phone or paul.daley@gll.org
3-4pm Southfields Children’s Library, 020 8780 1945
African Folk Tales Using Puppets and Shadow Play
A partly interactive session with Delvene from Littlecrowns Storyhouse. Free event, but booking is essential. Suitable for ages 5-11years.
4.30pm–5.30pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Reading Friends
Reading Friends meet once a week to chat and share stories in a group. It aims to empower, engage and connect people. Refreshments provided.

Wednesday 16

9.30-12.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Get Online Week
A free course. Learn how to use the internet for online shopping and banking, and job searching, plus introduction to Office programs and e-mailing. For more information phone or paul.daley@gll.org
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.
10.15-10.45am Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Black History Month Story Time
For this special Story Time we will be celebrating some of the most exciting black characters and authors by reading them or about them.
2-4pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
A Trip Down Memory Lane
Take a trip down Memory Lane with Michael Mahoney from the National Archives and see the exhibition of images from the government historic collections of London’s people and places and share your memories with us.  You will receive a Reminiscence Token of your chosen photograph with your accompanying memory.
3:30-4:30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Kente Cloth Bookmarks
Inspired by Kente cloth, colour your own patterned bookmark, as part of Black History Month. Ages 3+. Free and drop in
5.30-7.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Tech and Tea: Entertainment
A free and relaxed technology and IT workshop with Communitech. Find out how technology can bring people together https://communitech.org.uk/events/ No question is a silly question
6.30-7.30pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
If Only Hair Could Talk: Meet the Author Lorna Jones
‘I imagined that if my hair could talk, what it would have said to me during a time when I experienced hair loss’. Lorna will be discussing her new book, talking about ‘good gentle grooming’ practices, and provide useful tips for women with afro-textured hair. Lorna has written the book to be educational and informative in a fun way. It will appeal to anyone eager to learn about this type of hair texture and associated hair care practices. As well as a short talk Lorna will take part in a question and answer session on the topics covered in her book. Book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-author-lorna-jones-tickets-73845017435?aff=ebdssbdestsearch for more information speak to a member of staff
6.30-8pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
The History of Black History Month in Britain
Today, Black History Month is well embedded within the British cultural calendar.  This audio-visual assisted presentation will provide the story of how it came into being in Britain, with contributions by some of the people who were at the forefront of its introduction. It aims to clarify the purpose of BHM, highlight some of the positive impacts, and pose the question: how do we move forward? A little known Wandsworth connection will also be revealed.
Kwaku is an author/editor of a number of books, educator specialising in black music and African British history, editor of BritishBlackMusic.com
6.30-7.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Wildlife photography II: A Talk By Nick Dale.
A Friends of Putney Library event with wildlife prints available to view.

Thursday 17

9.30–10.30am Northcote Children’s Library, 020 7223 2336
African Animals Story Time
Celebrating Black History Month h us! Come and share stories about African animals, stay and colour in to make your own information book.
6.30-8pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
My Ancestor was a Lunatic
One type of records give family historians clues about possible mental illness in their ancestry.  We will look at what kinds of records there are and where to look for them.  The subject of insanity was often surrounded with shame, guilt and secrecy – and may be still is - a taboo subject for some families.  This talk covers how insanity and mental illness were regarded in the past and how sufferers from insanity were cared for.  Dr Kathleen Chater is an author and a trainer in research skills for the media and for family historians.  She continues to work on a database of black people in Britain up to the beginning of the 19th century – now numbering 5000.
7.30 pm - 8.30 pmNorthcote Library, 020 7223 2336
The Perils Of Self-Publishing
Paul Purnell is a QC with forty years’ experience in the criminal courts. He writes short stories which reflect his unique take on modern life, and has published a series of thrillers beginning with the ‘The Kazak Contract’ - an exciting trip into the murky world of Kazakhstan crime. His talk focuses on the pros & cons of self-publishing, and his exciting series of crime novels.

Friday 18

Southfields Children’s Library, 020 8780 1945
Traffic Light Craft, 10am – 10.45am
Ages 3+
To celebrate the brilliant inventor Garrett Morgan we will be making special traffic light craft for you to take home. As part of the Black History Month celebrations.
2-4pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Meet Author Alex Wheatle
Alex will be talking about his latest book Home Girl which is part of his Crongton series.  It features Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast (too fast) in the UK care system.  It is a wholly modern narrative which sheds much-needed light on what can be an unsettling life – and the consequences that can follow when young people are treated like pawns on a family chessboard.  Alex Wheatle MBE is an award winning author, poet and playwright.  He teaches in various places including Lambeth College, holds workshops in prisons and is frequently invited to schools to speak to students, inspiring in them with his own story a passion for literature.  A favourite of reading groups and libraries, he is the UK’s most read Black British author.

Saturday 19

10am-4pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Black Heroes Wall of Fame Installation         
Black Heroes Foundation will be bringing their travelling exhibition to Balham Library. A collection of pictures and audio clips collected across the community about individuals lives and the Black Heroes who have influenced their lives. The Black Heroes Foundation works to create empowering EduTainment; theatre, music, education and community engagement for a world where Black Heroes are acknowledged, respected and celebrated.
11.30am-3.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Get Online Week
A free course. Learn how to use the internet for online shopping and banking, and job searching, plus introduction to Office programs and e-mailing. For more information phone or paul.daley@gll.org
12-3pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Crafternoon
Family friendly afternoon with stalls selling handmade clothing for babies and children, and art prints and bookmarks. Delicious South Asian snacks will also be on sale in aid of charity.
Children’s activities: 12.30-1.30pm: Henna tattoos (cost by small donation).2-3pm: Special storytelling and art activities for children aged 3 + led by artist Ieva Bee and actress Vassie Vasseva. Drop in for the craft stalls and henna tattoos, but please book for the storytelling and art workshop; speak to staff or call the library.
12-2pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Tech and Tea: Entertainment
A free and relaxed technology and IT workshop with Communitech. Find out how technology can bring people together https://communitech.org.uk/events/ No question is a silly question
1-2pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Strings Club
Ignite your child’s love of music! At this music discovery day children will experience two fun 20 minute music lessons on guitar and ukulele.For ages 4-11, free but please book at www.thestringsclub.org 

Sunday 20

2.30-4.30pm Battersea Library, 020 8946 2088
Tech and Tea: Entertainment
A free and relaxed technology and IT workshop with Communitech. Find out how technology can bring people together https://communitech.org.uk/events/ No question is a silly question

Monday 21

10am-12pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
How to save the planet – more or less!
Climate action comes down to doing some things MORE and others LESS.  The workshop will inspire with relevant actions enabling you to make an impact now. It covers the power of the individual, where to start, collaboration & co-operation, getting MORE or LESS active, the short and long term. This event is free but please book in advance at www.wandsworthlifelonglearning.org.uk For ages 11+
1-3pm, Balham Library, 020 8763 1129
How to save the planet – more or less!
Calling all young climate activists – this workshops is for you! Come along with your family and learn about the power of the individual, how to get started, collaboration and co-operation, getting MORE or LESS active, and short and long term goals. Most suitable for young people aged 10+ and their families. This event is free but please book in advance at www.wandsworthlifelonglearning.org.uk
1-2pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Emoji challenge
The Emoji Challenge will provide you with skin tone face cut-outs and a prepared selection of cut-out facial features including eyes, noses, lips, brows, hair and head coverings. Can you make an emoji that looks like you in 5 minutes? A PRIZE for the quickest time and best representation! A free dop-in workshop with Jackie Mwanza from the Ubuntu Museum
2pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Board For The Holidays?
Join us for a Board Games Battle. Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Draughts and more…Ages 5+ years
3-4pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Storytelling with John Titi

Join Balham library in welcoming John Titi: travelling storyteller extraordinaire! John will be regaling us with reimagined tales collected from the communities he works with. Diverse African performance elements like banter, chant, song, music, riddles, tongue twisters, dance and movement are seamlessly interwoven to form highly interactive contemporary storytelling theatre performances. Most suitable for 7+ but all welcome. Free & no need to book
6.30-8pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
The Making of the Windrush Generation

This session by Barbara Ellis  will focus on how the ‘so called Windrush Generation’ linking their presence in the Caribbean from the  buying  and selling of Africans  from the 14th century onwards,  first  by Arabs and then the Europeans.  After Emancipation in 1838, but the destructive policies of the former slave masters and their government to maintain the status quo constantly worked against their drive for economic and self-development.  So they also set about achieving their inborn aspirations in the United Kingdom from 1948, energetically.  They fought against the ‘hostile environment’ they had been invited and recruited into.  The Immigration Act of 2014, their automatic right to citizenship, to work, health care and social entitlements, leaving hundreds of this generation and their families in catastrophic circumstances.

Tuesday 22

10am-12pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Wangari’s Trees of Peace
A story and craft event with Heather. Hear the inspiring true story of Wangari Maathai the first African Woman to win the Nobel Prize. Take part in a craft event based on the story.
1pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Explore Learning Workshop
Superhero Shapes for ages 4-6 years.Free session. Booking Required
2-3pm Southfields Children’s Library, 020 8780 1945
African Folk Tales Using Puppets and Shadow Play
A partly interactive session with Delvene from Littlecrowns Storyhouse. Free event, but booking is essential.  Suitable for ages 5-11years.
2.30-3pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Handa’s Surprise Story-Time with Amma Poku
Free, drop-in session. Enter the world of Handa and her Friend Akeyo at this interactive story session that brings to life the sights, sounds and tastes of this iconic story book.
3pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Explore Learning Workshop
Maths Wizards for ages 7-9 years. Free session. Booking required
4.30pm–5.30pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Reading Friends
Reading Friends meet once a week to chat and share stories in a group. It aims to empower, engage and connect people. Refreshments provided.

Wednesday 23

All day, Balham Library, 020 8763 1129
Black History Month Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate Black History Month and the power of stories with this drop in scavenger hunt and see whose voices and stories you can find on your library’s shelves. Most suitable for ages 7+. Free and drop in session.
10.15-11.15am, Southfields Children’s Library, 020 8780 1945
African Animals Stories & Craft
As part of our Black History Month celebrations we will be reading about lots of different African animals and showing you how to make your very own African animal.
11am-1pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
African Headwrap Workshop
The richness of African textiles, the variety of materials, the combination of colours and its use as an expression of rituals, communication and art is something that is conventional as well as contemporary. Learn about African textiles with fashion designer and textile artist, Sylvia Emodi.   As part of the session, the workshop will give you an opportunity to get practical with a range of craft techniques. Suitable for the entire family.
2-4pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Half Term Black History Month Celebration
An afternoon of crafts, games, and – of course! – books to celebrate Black History Month. Drop in throughout and join us for a special story time at 3:00 pm. Free and drop in. For children and their families.

Thursday 24

During Opening Hours Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Cards For Good Causes
The Cards For Good Causes Christmas Card shop returns to Putney Library. Support a range of charities while buying cards and Christmas goods.
9.30–10.30am Ages 3+ Northcote Children’s Library, 020 7223 2336
Traffic Light Stories And Craft
African American inventor and businessman Garrett Morgan invented the traffic light, as part of Black History Month we will be holding a special story and craft session to celebrate his most important invention.
3-5pm Balham Chldren’s Library, 020 8673 1129
Magical Quests Show
Families can get set for some Hallowe’en fun with a free Harry Potter-themed theatre show. Local theatre company Magical Quests will be hosting a special performance which includes potion mixing. The fun kicks off in the library hall from 3pm. Best suited for ages 5 to 8 years. Book in person or call library staff
3.15-4.15pm Earlsfield Library, 020 8946 2088
Tiger Hunt
An event for children with author Barbara Ellis; a retired teacher, trainer, organiser and author of Tiger Hunt. She is the author of several books on education and Black history, alongside writing stories for children.
5-6pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Malorie Blackman

YA pop up book group with Heather. A free drop-in session, for age 12+. Borrow & read a copy of Nought Forever, come & share your views on this book & other YA black writers at a pop-up group. Bring talk. Nibbles provided!

Friday 25

10am-12pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Science Sluths
This workshop will spark your family’s enthusiasm for exploring science in a practical way in your everyday life.  The following activities will inspire your science curiosity;  Building and floating ball challenges; Investigating diffusion and learning about colours; How plants absorb water. For families with children aged 6+
11am-4pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Pop up ‘Book Love’ Carnival
In schools, libraries, galleries, on screens and even on our high streets - the stark lack of culturally inclusive representation, is sadly too obvious.  We at Book Love have made it our mission to change this.  We curate, showcase and bring together the best multicultural content the world of arts has to offer.  Book Love will take you on a journey of discovery with storytelling, meet the author events and the opportunity to buy inspiring books www.thisisbooklove.com 
11-11.30am Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Anna Hibiscus and Friends
Story-Time with Heather. Free, drop-in session for all ages. A story time & colouring session celebrating the work of our Author of the Month, Atinuke and her most lovable character Anna Hibiscus.
1-3pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Look After The Pennies
Does money grow on trees?  As a family you will think together about the value of your money and how to use it and then you will decorate your own money box to help with your savings.  The session will cover:  Understanding needs and wants; Spend or save – help with pester powe; Learn about decoupage and decorate you own money box to take home and start saving. For familes with children aged 4+
2pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Fairy Doors Workshop
Are you aged between 5-10 years old? Would you LOVE to own your own Fairy Door? Join us for a fairy door workshop. Free session. Booking required. Limited spaces.
2-3pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Diwali Celebration Dance Display

Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights at a fabulous event showcasing the splendour and spectacle of a variety of classical and folk dances from the Indian sub-continent, performed by students aged 4-18 from the dance school of local community choreographer Ragini Rajgopal. Get your free tickets from the children’s desk.
2-4pm Wandsworth Town Children’s Library, 020 8877 1742
Family Knitting Workshop
Come and learn knitting and make a Halloweek bag or Christmas decoration. This event is free, wool and needles will be provided but please bring your own if possible.

Monday 28

10am-12pm Roehampton Library, 020 8246 6979
Black Entrepreneurs in History – could you turn your passion into a business idea?
The talk will explore examples of black entrepreneurs across the diaspora, and their motivations for creating the products or services they did and the impact this made on their respective societies. The second part of the talk will involve a workshop activity where attendees will discuss ways in which they could possibly turn a passion into a business idea by focusing on the value of their product or service.  Loretta is part of the SiLL project (Start ups in London Libraries) and will also explain how you can benefit from this and services at the British Library.
3-5pm Putney Library, 20 8780 3085
Action on Hearing Loss
Come along to find out information on: hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus; deaf awareness; products and technology; strategies for effective communication; local services to support people living with deafness, tinnitus or hearing loss; Action on Hearing Loss services and campaigns.

Tuesday 29

12.30-2.30pm 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.
2-3pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Jazz Craft and Stories with Patrick

Come & chill as Patrick Malone reads stories and leads a simple craft which introduces children to the wonderful world of Jazz and some of its musical heros. Free drop-in session.
3:30pm Battersea Park Library, 020 7720 4122
Happy Halloween!
Join us for spooky colourings, drawings and crafts to display in the library for Halloween. Free Session
4.30pm–5.30pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 1945
Reading Friends
Reading Friends meet once a week to chat and share stories in a group. It aims to empower, engage and connect people. Refreshments provided.
6.30-8pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Black Victorians: Multi-cultural Lives in 19th Century London
Focusing on the historical and cultural geographies of the black presence in Britain (particularly London), the talk will also include Victorian theories of race and anti-racism and the links between contemporary identity and the diverse histories of London.
Dr Caroline Bressey was awarded her PhD on Forgotten Geographies: Historical Geographies of Black Women in Victorian and Edwardian London in 2003. In 2007 she became a lecturer in human geography and founded the Equiano Centre to support research into the Black Presence in Britain. In 2009 she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Wednesday 30

3:30-4:30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Halloween Crafts
Make some spooky crafts to celebrate Halloween. Ages 3+. Free and drop in.
5.30-7.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Tech and Tea: Feeling Safer With Tech
A free and relaxed technology and IT workshop with Communitech. Find out how technology can bring people together https://communitech.org.uk/events/ No question is a silly question
6-8pm Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Out Of The Woods: Meet Author Luke Turner

Meet Luke Turner whose debut non-fiction book Out of the Woods has been shortlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Prize . The Book deals with issues of depression and guilt surrounding his identity as a bisexual man and is focused in part on London’s Epping Forest. Luke will joining us for a reading and discussion as well as signing copies of Out of the Woods. Book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-author-luke-turner-tickets-72772754267?aff=ebdssbdestsearch Speak to staff for more information
7.45-9pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
 Murder Mystery: Frankenstein, or Can Anybody Find Me Some Body To Love, or Esprit de Corpse, or The Monster Mash-up
In the haunted depths of Putney Library, amidst tomes of forgotten lore Doctor Khalid von Frankenstein is to reveal his latest marvel of the scientific age. But what is this? The good Doctor struck dead?! The only suspects being his party guests?! Each with their own terrible blood curdling secret?!The Mighty Putney Art Players present a cast of vampires, mummies, werewolves, and ghouls. Can  you unravel this spooky Halloween mystery! Tickets £5, to book email: Charlene.coleman@gll.org or call 020 8780 3085

Thursday 31

9.30–10.30am Northcote Children’s Library, 020 7223 2336
Halloween Story Time!
Spooky seasonal tales.
11am-12pm, Balham Library, 020 8763 1129
Halloween Storytime
Join us for  a special  (not-too-scary!) storytime and craft session for pre-schoolers. Most suitable for ages 2-5. Free and drop in session.
4-6pm Tooting Childen’s Library, 020 8767 0543
Spooky craft for Halloween
Make something terrifying at this hideous horror-fest. Free drop-in session for children of all ages.
5-5.30pm, Balham Library
Spooky Storytelling
Get in the mood for Halloween with some spooky stories in the children’s library. Come in costume or as yourself and prepare to get (just a little bit) scared. Most suitable for ages 7+. Free and drop in.