Date posted 01 Aug 2022

The children’s summer reading challenge runs until Saturday 10th September.

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Monday 1

10-10.30am Earlsfield Library
Fiction Dance
Stories and Dance combined for a fun fitness and story telling session
2pm-4pm Earlsfield Library
Silver Circle book group
Come along for a cup of tea or coffee and discuss any book you’ve been reading or have read in the past
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.

Tuesday 2

10.30-11am Wandsworth Town Library
Mama Fit Mode Free Taster Session
Join Jade - a new mum and personal trainer with over a decade of experience – in her small group personal training classes for mamas and babies to get fit, toned, and feeling great. Free, drop in.

Wednesday 3

10.30-11.30am Putney Library
Messy Mornings
Drop in for a free session to make something and get messy. Today: robots.
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
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.
5.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
The History of the Ram Brewery
Learn about the UK’s longest continuous brewing site, 1533 to 2020. A talk with John Hatch who has been brewing on the site since 1988.

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+
11.30am Southfields Library
Meet author Sarah Clarke
Hear local author Sarah Clark read from her new book, Every little secret (2022), followed by a question and answer session. Copies available to borrow from the library.
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.
5.30pm Putney Library
Film Club: Sunshine on Leith
Featuring the music of Scottish band The Proclaimers. Returning home from their most recent stint in Afghanistan, Davy and Ally have a new appreciation for life after witnessing the horrors of war first-hand. But not everything is plain sailing for love in Leith.

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+.
12-1pm Wandsworth Town Library
Putney Sector Police Crime Prevention Event

Please drop by and talk to officers from the Putney Safer Neighbourhood Teams if you are concerned about a local issue or after some crime prevention advice. In an emergency, always call 999. For more information, email fairfield.snt@met.police.uk. You can follow the Fairfield Ward on Twitter @MPSFairfieldWW. Free, drop in.

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

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
2pm-4pm Earlsfield Library
Knit & Natter – All levels
A craft and conversation group for all levels.  Enjoy learning new skills or helping others whilst meeting new people.

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+.
10.30am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Knit and Natter
A knitting group run in partnership with InTouch, a part of Optivo Housing. Come for a chat and bring your knitting, crochet, or cross-stitching. Some wool available, or bring your own. If you are over 65, you can qualify for a free knitting starter kit from InTouch. Ask staff for more information or call 020 8877 1742. Meets every Friday at 10.30am.
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+.
11am-3pm Battersea Library
Craft Fair
Come along and pick up a unique gift for someone.
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.
5.30-6.30pm (approximate) Wandsworth Town Library
Pop-Up Opera with Baseless Fabric: Bizet’s Carmen
Performance from Baseless Fabric will be dropping in to perform short scenes from their reimagined production of Bizet’s Carmen. The pop-up is part of a promenade street opera performance around Wandsworth Town. Free, drop in. Visit: https://www.baselessfabric.co.uk/announcing-dates-and-locations-for-carmen-this-summer/ for more information on the production and starting points

Friday 19

10.30am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Knit and Natter
A knitting group run in partnership with InTouch, a part of Optivo Housing. Come for a chat and bring your knitting, crochet, or cross-stitching. Some wool available, or bring your own. If you are over 65, you can qualify for a free knitting starter kit from InTouch. Ask staff for more information or call 020 8877 1742. Meets every Friday at 10.30am.
3-4pm Wandsworth Time 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.

Sunday 21

Between 1.30-2.30pm
Pop Up Opera
Baseless Fabric is a professional opera company who provide arts experiences in unusual spaces in Wandsworth. They pop up in local businesses and move along the high street to give everyone a chance to experience something a bit different and fun (a bit like a flash mob but professional opera!) This year you will get the chance to see scenes from CARMEN! Sun 21st

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.

Tuesday 23

10.30am-12pm Battersea Park 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 24

10.30-11.30am Putney Library
Messy Mornings
Drop in for a free session to make something and get messy. Today: hand gliders.
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.
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
2pm-4pm Earlsfield Library
Knit & Natter – All levels
A craft and conversation group for all levels.  Enjoy learning new skills or helping others whilst meeting new people.
5.30-6.30pm Wandsworth Town Library
The Detection Book Club
Love solving mysteries? Want to read some thrilling crime? Join our new crime and mysteries reading group. For adults of all ages. Free, but call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org to reserve your copy of this month’s book.Meets on the last Thursday of each month.

Friday 26

10.30am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Knit and Natter
A knitting group run in partnership with InTouch, a part of Optivo Housing. Come for a chat and bring your knitting, crochet, or cross-stitching. Some wool available, or bring your own. If you are over 65, you can qualify for a free knitting starter kit from InTouch. Ask staff for more information or call 020 8877 1742. Meets every Friday at 10.30am.
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
Children of all ages welcome to come and do something artistic.
2-3.30pm Tooting Library
Meet the author: Salma Siddiqui
Salma grew up in Balham, went to school in Tooting and worked as a biochemist at St Georges. At this event she will read from and answer questions about her new book The Migrants.
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.

Wednesday 31

11am-12pm Wandsworth Town Library
Silver Circle Reading Group
A reading group for the over sixties. Meet up with people and share your take on the selected book of the month. Free, but call 020 8877 1742 or email wandsworthtown.library@gll.org to reserve your copy of this month’s book. Meets on the last Wednesday of each month.
2-3pm Wandsworth Town Library
Putney Sector Police Crime Prevention Event
Please drop by and talk to officers from the Putney Safer Neighbourhood Teams if you are concerned about a local issue or after some crime prevention advice. In an emergency, always call 999. For more information, email fairfield.snt@met.police.uk. You can follow the Fairfield Ward on Twitter @MPSFairfieldWW. Free, drop in.