Libraries Week 2017

Libraries Week is the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.

Celebrate the libraries in your borough at our series of author events, talks and crafting experiences.

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Libraries Week events take place throughout October 2017, and include both demonstrations and talks.

Online services tutorials

Join the Learning Team at the Information & Reference Library to find out about the online services you can access using your library card. 

Date Time Topic Booking
Monday 9 October 5 to 6pm Beginner's guide to audiobooks Book online
Tuesday 10 October 2.30 to 3.30pm A library in your living room Book online
Wednesday 11 October 5 to 6pm Beginner’s guide to eBooks Book online
Thursday 12 October 2.30 to 3.30pm Beginner’s guide to eBooks Drop in, no booking required
Friday 13 October 2.30 to 3.30pm OUP Knowledge at your fingertips Book online
Saturday 14 October 2.30 to 3.30pm Digital Magazines Book online

Hampton Court: The Indian Connection - Part 2
A talk with Ian Franklin

In 1902, 1911, 1919 and 1937 ‘colonial’ troops from India and nearby countries were based at Hampton Court. Many Grace and Favour residents had connections with British India. Hear some of their stories and how they affected the British people they came into contact with.

This talk will present Ian Franklin’s latest findings and will be of great interest to anyone who attended his talk last year on the same theme or as a standalone event.

Ticket price includes refreshments.

  • Date: Thursday 5 October
  • Time: 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Location: Teddington Library
  • Price: £3 per person, booking essential

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Around the world with Agatha Christie

Not only was Agatha Christie the world's best-selling novelist, she was also one of the most travelled of authors in an age before foreign travel became commonplace. Join Nick Dobson on this virtual world tour in the footsteps of the ‘Queen of Crime’.

Ticket price includes refreshments.

  • Date: Tuesday 10 October
  • Time: 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • LocationHampton Library
  • Price: £3 per person, booking essential

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Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England and the Black Renaissance

Africans in Europe’s Renaissance as active agents of change: the historian Onyeka Nubia, through words and images, helps us to make sense of the African contribution to early modern societies. Onyeka is the writer of Blackamoores and Young Othello and has been teaching and researching this history for over 24 years.

Ticket price includes refreshments.

  • Date: Wednesday 11 October
  • Time: 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library
  • Price: £3 per person, booking essential

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The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

Samuel Pepys is famous for his diary, which charted the political intrigue of Restoration London and contains one of the best contemporary accounts of the Great Fire of London. John Evelyn is best known as a great gardener and writer, although he too kept a diary covering many decades. It was the discovery and publication of Evelyn’s diary over a century after his death that inspired the decoding and publication of Samuel Pepys’s.

Exploring themes common to both men; diary keeping, love of books, science, travel and the exotic and politics, this new history evokes a rich sense of Restoration London.

Join us as Margaret Willes sheds fascinating light on the unlikely friendship between two men who came from such different backgrounds and were so different in character.

Ticket price includes refreshments.

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Autumn Tea Party

Ham Library in partnership with Ham and Petersham SOS neighbourhood care group and Friends of Ham library will hold a tea party in celebration of National Libraries week following our first successful one at the end of July. Vocal Tonix, a community singing group, will be providing entertainment with a singalong session dating back through the years.

  • Date: Friday 13 October
  • Time: 2 to 4pm
  • LocationHam Library Annexe
  • Price: Free, booking essential

To book a place, contact Ham Library on 020 8734 3354 or email

Transport is also available. Contact the library to book your seat.


Great Richmond Crafting Bee

Join us for a feast of crafting, demonstrations and workshops.

There will be a 'Show and sew' drop in surgery, community craft table with goods for sale 'as new' craft materials to start your own projects as well as many crafts for sale. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.    

Refreshments available all day.

  • Date: Saturday 14 October
  • Time: 11am to 3pm
  • LocationRichmond Library Annexe
  • Price: Free event. Small fee for attending workshops - booking essential

Updated: 19 September 2017