April Events and Activities

Wandsworth Libraries will be closed for Easter on the following dates:
Good Friday: April 19th
Easter Sunday: April 21st
Easter Monday: April 22nd

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Monday 1
4.00-4.30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
April Fool’s Story Time
Silly Stories, nonsense rhymes and ridiculous tales will all be celebrated at our specially themed story time!

Tuesday 2
9.30-11am Wandsworth Town Children’s Library, 020 8877 1742
Visit by Frances Kelleher
Frances, Outreach and Provider Support Officer for the Early Years and Intervention Support Service, will promote the 2, 3 and 4 year old Early Education and Childcare funded places to families. Come for the Baby Rhyme Time session 9.45am – 10.15am, stay and have a chat with Frances later.
2:30-4pm Tooting Children’s Library, 020 8767 0543
All Fools Day

Funny stories for April fools day, followed by from 3:00-4:00pm Make a Funny Clown jack in the box to take home!
3.30pm Battersea Park Children’s Library, 020 7720 4122
Easter Card-making
Come along to make a special Easter card or colouring for your friends and family. Ages 4+

Wednesday 3
11-11.30am Balham Children’s Library, 020 8673 1129
Mindfulness for Your Family: Baby Session
Join Mindful + Lovely  for a family-friendly mindfulness workshop, designed to help parents, carers and children press the pause button. For parents, carers, and children under 24 months

Friday 5
10–11am Wandsworth Town Children's Library, 020 8877 1742
World Health Day
Food inspired Story Time for World Health Day, followed by a craft activity.
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 Hayes in partnership with Age UK Wandsworth.
4pm Earlsfield Children’s Library, 020 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 6
10:30am Earlsfield Children’s Library, 020 8946 2088
Easter Craft
Get crafty this Easter: Fun Easter themed crafts. All ages welcome.
12-12.30am Balham Children’s Library, 020 8673 1129
Mindfulness for Your Family: Toddler Session
Join Mindful + Lovely  for a family-friendly mindfulness workshop, designed to help parents, carers and children press the pause button. For parents, carers, and children from 2-5.

Sunday 7
During opening hours Putney Library Art Space, 020 8780 3085
Putney Riverlife
As Putney becomes a national focus in the lead up to The Boat Race, we invite to you to view the winning and highly commended entries in the Putney Riverlife art competition. The works celebrate the River Thames and its surrounds here in Putney - come and have a look! Exhibition runs 7th – 27th April

Monday 8
11am-12pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Explore Learning: Writing Awards Workshop
Learn about the skill of writing! Enter Explore Learning’s writing competition where you can win some amazing prizes! Suitable for ages
11am Battersea Park Children’s Library, 020 7720 4122
Greek Rhyme Time

A special Greek singing Baby Rhyme Time session with Vicky Griva.  For under fives of all languages and their families.
11am Balham Children’s Library, 020 8673 1129
Spring story time and crafts
Get creative at our regular Monday story time this week and make a special spring craft. Ages 2+

Tuesday 9
11am-12pm Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543

First steps in Phonics - B is for Bunny!
Children dance sing play & learn at this special interactive workshop run by Lara Sutherland of Sounds right phonics, www.soundsrightphonicsclasses.co.uk Free Drop in session for ages 1-4years.
2.30-3pm Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Tempo di storie in Italiano e Inglese! (Italian and English Story Time)
Join Giovanna and Heather for a Special story time in Italian and English to listen and learn some Italian words.  Free Drop in session for age
3.30-4.30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Easter Crafts

A session for hand-making some special decorations for Easter time!
3pm-4pm Southfields Children's Library, 020 8780 3085
Harry Potter quiz
Be here for a wonderful wizarding time and you could win a special Harry Potter t-shirt.
3.30-4.30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Easter Crafts

A session for hand-making some special decorations for Easter time!
4pm Battersea Park Children’s Library, 020 7720 4122
Board Games and Story Games Fun
Come along to play creative games or join in a board games battle. For children ages 5+

Wednesday 10
11am Balham Children’s Library, 020 8673 1129
Cubing with Carole
Get your thinking caps on and explore some basic tricks for cracking the Rubix Cube at Balham Library. Ages 6+. Free, but booking essential.
2–3 Wandsworth Town Children's Library, 020 8877 1742
Explore Learning: 
Handwriting
A free workshop for ages 4–6. Learn how to write using the animals as a guide through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pigs curly tails help with the letter ‘e’
4-5pm Balham Children’s Library, 020 8673 1129
Explore Learning Workshop: Fun with Phonics
Join Explore Learning  to investigate rhyming words and phonics. Ages 4-6. Free, but booking essential.
5-6.30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Board Game Evening
Pop in and play some board games with us. Suitable for 5+. Children must be supervised at all times.

Thursday 11
9am–6pm Wandsworth Town Library, 020 8877 1742
Butterfly Spring craft!
Collect a cut out butterfly from the children’s desk. Decorate or colour it in for our window display.
9.30-10am & 11.30-12pm Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Easter Baby Rhyme Time
Hop, skip and bounce at one of our two  free drop-in sessions  for children aged 3 months to two years, and parents or carers.
10-11.40am Northcote Children’s Library, 020 7223 2336
Creative Writing Workshop
For children aged 7+
2-3pm Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Explore Learning: Fun with Phonics
Back again due to demand! www.explorelearning.co.uk Children learn & have fun with Phonics at this special workshop 2:00-3:00pm (Free Booking essential, for ages 4-6)

Friday 12
10-11am and 1.30-12.30am Balham Library Hall, 020 8673 1129
Messy Play   
Join Balham Children’s Centre for two messy play sessions in Balham Library Hall. 
For under fives. First come, first served
10–11am Wandsworth Town Children's Library, 020 8877 1742
Author Event
Molly Arbuthnott will be reading from her People’s Book Prize nominated story, Oscar the Ferry Cat, followed by a craft activity.
11am Battersea Park Children’s Library, 020 7720 4122
Easter Badges
Come along to design and then make your own Easter themed badge.  Ages 4+
2-3pm Balham Children’s Library, 020 8673 1129
Explore Learning Workshop: Creative Writing
Do you want to be a writer? Join Explore Learning for this handy workshop, then enter your story in their Creative Writing competition. Ages 7+
3.30-4.30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Comic Book Creation Class
One in our series of Comic Book Creation classes. We’ll teach you simple and fun ways to create all sorts of characters for your own comic books. For ages 5+
3.30-4.30pm Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Cress Heads
Get growing! Come along and make your own cress head character to take home, great to grow at home or give as an Easter gift! Drop in session, for all ages.
4-4.55pm Earlsfield Children’s Library, 020 8946 2088
Explore Learning: National Young Writer’s Award
An Explore Learning creative writing workshop for ages 6+

Saturday 13
10.30-11.00am Balham Children’s Library, 020 8673 1129
Bilingual Cantonese Rhyme Time
Join Play Cantonese for a fun, bilingual, song and story session. Most suitable for pre-school children but all welcome.
11am Earlsfield Children’s Library, 020 8946 2088
Saturday knitting club
For children 7+, and parents/guardians.
2.30-3pm Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Special Story Time
Sunday 14th April is the Sikh festival of Baisakhi and also Bengali New year, find out a little about these colourful festivals and hear some traditional tales from Sikhism and the Indian sub-continent there will be colouring afterwards. Drop in session, for all ages
3–4pm Wandsworth Town Children's Library, 020 8877 1742
Author Event
Molly Arbuthnott will be returning! Listen to her read from her People’s Book Prize nominated story, ‘Oscar the Ferry Cat’, followed by a craft activity.

Monday 15
10.30am-1pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Introduction to Presentation
Using Powerpoint 2016. You must be able to use Word competently. Price of session £3, please phone or email paul.daley@gll.org to book.
10:30am Earlsfield Children’s Library, 020 8946 2088
Easter Craft
Fun Easter themed crafts. All ages welcome.
2-4pm Balham Children’s Library
Cardboard Challenge
What can you make from an old cardboard box? Come along to Balham Library and discover different ways to get creative with your rubbish. Ages 6+
2-4.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Introduction to Desktop Publishing
Using Publisher 2016. You must be able to use Word competently. Price of session £3, please phone or email paul.daley@gll.org to book.
2-3pm Earlsfield Children’s Library, 020 8946 2088
Explore Learning: Superhero Shapes
Children help make the world a safer place in this workshop, as they design our future superheroes using 2D and 3D shapes. What shape is the best shape for a cape and a shield? For ages 4-6.

Tuesday 16
9.30am–10.30am Southfields Library, 020 8780 3085
Easter Bunny Craft
Ages 2+
11-11.30am Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Story Time
It’s National Librarians day! So come and hear stories about some colourful Library characters. 11:00-11:30am (Free, Drop in, for ages 2-6+)
2-3pm Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Explore Learning: Creative Writing Competition
Winners of the explore learning Writers award can win a trip to Disneyland Paris, £500 of books for their school and a school visit from Alesha Dixon, This year’s theme is ‘A chance to change the world. This workshop will help you  plan your ideas and write a potentially award winning piece (Free Booking essential, for ages 6-14)        
3pm Battersea Park Children’s Library, 020 7720 4122
Explore Learning Workshop: Creative Writing Competition
For ages 4-14 years. Free, but booking essential
3.30-4.30pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Easter Crafts
A session for hand-making some special decorations for Easter time!

Wednesday 17
11am-12pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Explore Learning: Superhero Shapes Workshop
Children help make the world a safer place in this workshop, as they design our future superheroes using 2D and 3D shapes. What shape is the best shape for a cape and a shield? For ages 4-6.
2pm - 3pm Southfields Library, 020 8780 3085
Badge Making
Ages 2+
3.30-4.30 pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Comic Book Creation Class
Finishing off our comic book themed Half term break, we’ll teach you what to think about when making a one-page-comic. For Ages 5+

Thursday 18
9.30-10am & 11.30-12pm Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Easter Baby Rhyme Time
Hop, skip and bounce at one of our two  free drop-in sessions  for children aged 3 months to two years, and parents or carers.
12-1pm Northcote Children’s Library, 020 7223 2336
Handwriting Workshop
For children aged 5+
11.30- 3pm Balham Children’s Library, 020 9673 1129
Badge Making Session
Drop in and make your own amazing badges. All welcome.
1.30-3pm Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Hop to it craft!

Make an Easter Basket or Bunny Ears Headband 1:30-3:00pm (Free Drop in, for all ages)
2pm–3pm Wandsworth Town Childrens' Library, 020 8877 1742
The Easter Story

An interactive story and related crafts with Rev Ben Graham from All Saints Church, Wandsworth.
3–6pm Wandsworth Town Children's Library, 020 8877 1742
Board Games
Come along and have fun playing on board games. For children ages 5+

Saturday 20
All day Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Easter egg hunt!
Find the characters hidden around the library to get an Eastery prize! (Free, Drop in, for all ages)
10:30am Earlsfield Children’s Library, 020 8946 2088
Dad’s Rhyme Time
Nursery Rhymes and songs for babies and toddlers and their Dads or carers.
11am-2pm Putney Children’s Library, 020 8780 3085
Easter Craft
Drop in any time between 11 and 2 and make some bunny ears!
All day event at Balham Library, 020 8673 1129
Easter Egg Hunt
Have fun with a quiz and Easter Egg hunt around Balham Children’s Library. 
Most suitable for primary children but all welcome.
2.30-4pm Tooting Children’s Library 020 8767 0543
Easter Story time
Followed by Easter Colouring. Free, drop-in session for children of all ages

Tuesday 23
9.45–10.10am & 2–2.20pm Wandsworth Town Children's Library, 020 8877 1742
Baby Rhyme time
Special Baby Rhyme time for 0 – 2 years, delivered by Sarah Marchant from West Hill in the Park Children’s Centre.
3.30pm Battersea Park Children’s Library, 020 7720 4122
Happy Birthday Shakespeare!
Come along and celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday with our special quiz.  Then colour and cut out your own Tudor style ruff. Ages 5+

Wednesday 24
10.15am Southfields Library, 020 8780 3085
Meet the artist: Brian the Brave

Come meet children’s book illustrator and author Jo Porter, includes a reading of  Brian the Brave by Paul Stuart.
6.30– 7.30pm Putney Library, 020 8780 3085
Illustrated Talk by Phil Evison
The restored 1654 Roehampton Mounting block and Milestones around Putney. Refreshments from 6pm, to book call 020 8780 3085 or email Charlene.coleman@gll.org

Wednesday 24
10am-12.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Using Excel 2019. Must be able to use Word competently. Price of session £3, please phone or email paul.daley@gll.org to book.
5.00-6.00 pm Battersea Children’s Library, 020 7223 2334
Understanding Shakespeare
We’re celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday by helping teenage students what he was on about and why he’s worth reading and studying. For Ages 12+

Thursday 25
4–6pm Wandsworth Town Children's Library, 020 8877 1742
Homework Help

Starts today and continues every Thursday during the term time.

Friday 26
9.30-11am Wandsworth Town Children's Library, 020 8877 1742
Visit by Frances Kelleher
Frances, Outreach and Provider Support Officer for the Early Years and Intervention Support Service,  will be here to promote the 2, 3 and 4 year old Early Education and Childcare funded places to families. Stay and chat with Frances after our regular story time session from 10am – 10.30am
10–11am Wandsworth Town Children's Library, 020 8877 1742
Arbor Day Story Time
Special tree stories and a craft activity to celebrate Arbor Day
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 Hayes in partnership with Age UK Wandsworth.
2-4.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Intermediate/Advanced Spreadsheets
Using Excel 2016. Basic knowledge of spreadsheets required. Price of session £3, please phone or email paul.daley@gll.org to book.

Saturday 27
12-2.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Introduction to Twitter
You must have an e-mail address and able to use email Price of session £3, please phone or email paul.daley@gll.org to book.

Monday 29
10.30am-1pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Introduction to Windows 10
Price of session £3, please phone or email paul.daley@gll.org to book.
2pm-4.30pm Battersea Library, 020 7223 2334
Introduction to Word
Using Word  2019. Must be able to use Word competently. Price of session £3, please phone or email paul.daley@gll.org to book.

Tuesday 30
6-8pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543

An Audience With Ayisha Malik
Join us in conversation with Ayisha Malik about her novel Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged, this year’s Cityread London book. Contact Tooting Library to book a free place.