Date posted 29 Jun 2022

The Summer Reading Challenge runs from Saturday 9 July until Saturday 10 September. You can sign up in libraries anytime over the summer holidays.

We also have lots of children's events over the summer holidays:

Monday 1 August

10-10.30am Earlsfield Library
Fiction Dance
Stories and Dance combined for a fun fitness and story telling session
2-2.45pm Balham Library
Fiction Dance
Moving mayhem in the Children’s Library! Hip-Hop, Jump-Dance, Move and Groove in a fab free dance workshop. Ages 5+, registration required. 

Wednesday 3

10.30-11.30am Putney Library
Messy Mornings
Drop in for a free session to make something and get messy. Today: robots.
11am Balham Library
Beebot Robotics
Learn Beebot programing and become robot masters in this free four week workshop.   Ages 5-7, registration required.
11-11.30am Wandsworth Town Library
Arte Pure Capoeira Martial Arts Story Time
Ingrid Santos reads from her English-Portuguese bilingual book, My First Capoeira (A minha primeira aula de Capoeira), about the Brazilian martial art. Then, practice some movements. Ages 5+. Free, drop in.
3-3.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
Mechanical Moves with Butterfly Yoga

Come try some Gadgeteers-inspired mechanical yoga moves with Butterfly Yoga. Ages 3+. Free, drop in.

Thursday 4

9.30-10.30am Northcote Library
Thursday Stories and Crafts
Today: Insects & decorating Mini Beast Biscuits
11am-12pm  Balham Library
Summer of STEM

Calling all Gadgeteers! Get creative and develop your Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills in our weekly program for budding inventors. Try your hand at making fidget spinners, Oobleck, and more. Ages 6+; first come first served. Ask in the library for more information 
2-3pm Balham Library
Maths Explorers
Fun with Mathematics and problem solving for all the family! Think you hate maths? Think again!
Ages 5+, registration required.
2-3pm Wandsworth Town Library
All About Viruses with Dr. Ben
Learn about viruses and how we can keep ourselves and each other safe with paediatrician Dr. Ben. An interactive, educational session about medicine for ages 5+. Free, drop in.

Saturday 6

10am-2pm Battersea Park Library
Saturday Craft
Join in and have fun with colouring and crafting for children of all ages.
11am-12.30pm Roehampton Library
Build your own Robot
The first of three Build Your Own… workshops on the STEM inspired theme of the Summer Reading Challenge,  Gadegeteers.  We will begin by building our own ROBOTS from recycled materials. Free for ages 8+
2-4pm Balham Library
Saturday  Craft Club
Families with children aged 5 and over are welcome to drop in, with a new activity each week.
2-3pm Tooting Library
Art Club
All ages welcome to come and do something artistic.
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 8

2pm Balham Library
Summer Reading Challenge: Jambs Owls
Meet real live owls with Jambs Owls! Learn all about these amazing feathered friends, and have a chance to hold one. For children and their families. Free, drop in.

Tuesday 9

ALL DAY Wandsworth Town Library
Gadgeteers: Make paper planes

Try to build the best ever paper plane! Available all day in the children’ s library. Ages 3+.

Wednesday 10

10-10.30am Wandsworth Town Library
Fiction Dance: Gadgeteers
Moving and mayhem in the Children’s Library! Hip-Hop, Jump-Dance, Move and Groove in a fab free dance workshop for ages 7+, inspired by the Gadgeteers! Free, drop in.
10.30am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Victorian Gadgets with Fulham Palace
Gadgets aren’t just about the future! The Victorian Era saw an explosion of inventions to improve daily life. See some of the collections from Fulham Palace and learn about washing, cooking, and other domestic technology from Victorian lives. Plus, learn about the Palace through history and its cat, Edmund, in a special story time. For ages 3+ and their families. Free, drop in.
12-12.30 Putney Library
Fiction Dance
Moving mayhem in the Children’s Library! Hip-Hop, Jump-Dance, Move and Groove in a fab free dance workshop. Ages 5+, registration required.
2-3pm Putney Library
Summer Reading Challenge: Jambs Owls
Meet real live owls with Jambs Owls! Learn all about these amazing feathered friends, and have a chance to hold one. For children and their families. Free, drop in.

Thursday 11

ALL DAY Wandsworth Town Library
Gadgeteers: Fun with Spirograph

Make some maths inspired art. Available all day in the children’s library. Ages 3+.
9.30-10.30am Northcote Library
Thursday Stories and Crafts
Today: All about Owls.
11am-12pm  Balham Library
Summer of STEM

Calling all Gadgeteers! Get creative and develop your Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills in our weekly program for budding inventors. Try your hand at making fidget spinners, Oobleck, and more. Ages 6+; first come first served. Ask in the library for more information 
2pm Balham Library
French Story Time

Calling all very hungry linguists… Listen to the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar in French and learn some new language skills at the same time. Family friendly; all welcome

Friday 12

ALL DAY Wandsworth Town Library
Gadgeteers: Cardboard tube robots
Make a fun cut-and-paste robot using recycled cardboard tubes. Available all day in the children’s library, while supplies last. Ages 3+.
11.30am – 12.30pm Earlsfield Library
Make a gravity defying lava lamp – Ages 6+
A fun science based practical event where kids get to learn how to create their own lava lamp.

Saturday 13

10am-2pm Battersea Park Library
Saturday Craft
Join in and have fun with colouring and crafting for children of all ages.
10am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Gadgeteers: Balancing robots

Make a clever balancing robot from just paper and a penny. Free, drop in. Ages 3+.
2-4pm Balham Library
Saturday  Craft Club
Families with children aged 5 and over are welcome to drop in, with a new activity each week.
2-3pm Tooting Library
Art Club
All ages welcome to come and do something artistic.
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.

Tuesday 16

ALL DAY Wandsworth Town Library
Gadgeteers: Reverse engineering rockets
Can you figure out how to make a rocket craft without instructions? Come build your very own cardboard tube rocket. Available all day in the children’s library, while supplies last. Ages 3+.
2pm Battersea Park Library
Storytime Ballet
Storytime Ballet is where magic and movement join for an ultimate storytelling session! Experience your favourite books through dance. For ages 3+. Free, drop in.

Wednesday 17

10.30-11.30am Putney Library
Messy Mornings
Drop in for a free session to make something and get messy. Today: spinners.
2-3pm Wandsworth Town Library
Cat & Hutch: The Most Important Animal of All by Hannah Bailey and Penny Worms

An interactive drama workshop from Cat & Hutch. Most suitable for ages 5-7. Free, no need to book.

Thursday 18

9.30-10.30am Northcote Library
Thursday Stories and Crafts
Today: Caterpillars and butterflies
11am-12pm  Balham Library
Summer of STEM

Calling all Gadgeteers! Get creative and develop your Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills in our weekly program for budding inventors. Try your hand at making fidget spinners, Oobleck, and more. Ages 6+; first come first served. Ask in the library for more information
2-4pm Balham Library
Creative Writing Masterclass
Join creative writing lecturer Karina Jakubowicx (UCL) and children’s author Cat Gray (Spellstoppers) for a masterclass in all things storytelling to get your imagination sparking. Ages 8-13, registration required.
4-4.45pm Wandsworth Town Library
Storytime Ballet with Miss Taylor
Storytime Ballet is where magic and movement join for an ultimate storytelling session! Experience your favourite books through dance. Miss Taylor is an experienced Dance Teacher, whose storytime ballet classes children have enjoyed for many years. Now, you can experience them in your library! For ages 3+. Free, drop in.

Friday 19

Meets every Friday at 10.30am.
3-4pm Wandsworth Town Library
Comic Workshop with Simon Faiers
Learn to make your own comic strip with artist Simon Faiers. For ages 5+. Free, drop in.

Saturday 20

10am-2pm Battersea Park Library
Saturday Craft
Join in and have fun with colouring and crafting for children of all ages.
10am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Gadgeteers: Junk Modelling
What can you invent with recycling and rubbish? Come build an amazing gadget or work of art and display your creation at the library! Free, drop in. Ages 3+.
11am-1pm Roehampton Library
Build your own Car

The second of three Build Your Own… workshops on the STEM inspired theme of the Summer Reading Challenge,  Gadegeteers.  Building your own CAR from recycled materials. Free for ages 8+
2-4pm Balham Library
Saturday  Craft Club
Families with children aged 5 and over are welcome to drop in, with a new activity each week.
2-3pm Tooting Library
Art Club
All ages welcome to come and do something artistic.
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 22

3-4.30pm Balham Library
Cardboard Challenge

What can you make out of cardboard and recycled parts?  Come along to our cardboard challenge and find out! Ages 6+, all welcome.

Wednesday 24

10.30-11.30am Putney Library
Messy Mornings
Drop in for a free session to make something and get messy. Today: hand gliders.
11am-1pm  Wandsworth Town Library
Inspector’s Gadgets: Meet a Police Officer
Learn about what police officers do in our community, plus try on some of their gear! For children and their families. Free, drop in.

Thursday 25

11am-12pm  Balham Library
Summer of STEM

Calling all Gadgeteers! Get creative and develop your Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills in our weekly program for budding inventors. Try your hand at making fidget spinners, Oobleck, and more. Ages 6+; first come first served. Ask in the library for more information 
2-3pm Balham Library
BSL Bingo

Learn a whole new language and have fun at the same time! Learn basic BSL, the languages of the Deaf Community, then put your new skills to the test in BSL Bingo! Family friendly, drop in session

Friday 26

11.30am-12.30pm Earlsfield Library
Space slime – Ages 3+

A fun gooey activity where children are able to be as slimy an gross as they want!

Saturday 27

10am-2pm Battersea Park Library
Saturday Craft
Join in and have fun with colouring and crafting for children of all ages.
2-4pm Balham Library
Saturday  Craft Club
Families with children aged 5 and over are welcome to drop in, with a new activity each week.
2-3pm Tooting Library
Art Club
All ages welcome to come and do something artistic.
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.

September

More details coming soon.