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May 2019 at Balham Library!

May 2019 at Balham Library!

There’s yet another action-packed month in store in May at Balham Library. Library Manager, Alex Martin and Children’s Library Manager, Lucinda Murray give us the lowdown – take it away guys...!


As always, there’s a lot going on in your library this May, from being involved with the Wandsworth Arts Fringe to hosting our own shadow award session for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Find out more below…


Cityread London 2019

This May we’re celebrating Cityread and its chosen book; Ayisha Malik’s ‘Sofia Khan is Not Obliged’. Cityread London aims to promote London’s culture, landscape and history through its stories.  Working in partnership with 24 boroughs across London the charity hopes to encourage reading for pleasure as well as encouraging library use. This year’s title is very close to our hearts in Wandsworth – Ayisha Malik hails from sunny Tooting as does her protagonist Sofia. The book has been billed as the Muslim Bridget Jones and is a wonderful romantic comedy that had us all in stitches.


Wandsworth Arts Fringe

We’re also thrilled to be hosting one of this year’s WAF events. The Wandsworth Arts Fringe is an open access, non selective arts festival running across May. The festival is funded by Wandsworth Council with generous help from Arts Council England and Southside Shopping Centre. This year involves over 700 artists and a huge variety of events.

Baham Library will be hosting ‘Writing for all our histories: An LGBT writing workshop’ on May 15th from 6 to 8pm. Run by the brilliant Gary Thomas, this event promises to help you craft an outline for your memoir (or novel) based on your own life, and give you tools to help you carry on with it. Tickets are essential and available here! 


Something for the budding authors of Balham…

Do you want to be a writer? Spread the Word, a London based writer’s development agency, is looking for some new talent with their London Writers Award. It’s set up to support and promote 30 writers from backgrounds traditionally under-represented in publishing with masterclasses, feedback sessions and writer labs. More information is available here!

With a deadline of the 31st May, it’s time to get tapping!


Wandsworth/GLL Heritage Awards for Schools

There’s just over a month left to get entries in to the 2019 Heritage Awards. There are some great prizes up for grabs, from a £750 cash prize for your school to a class trip to Sutton Trampoline Park. There are class and individual categories and the opportunity to submit written and visual work. We’ve had some wonderful work in previous years and look forward to seeing how this year’s entries are inspired by Wandsworth rich history and heritage. More information can be found here!


Get to grips with the Rubik Cube… 

We really enjoyed Cubing with Carole’s Rubik Cube introduction over Easter and we’re happy to announce that Carole will be back in the children’s library this term, running regular sessions from 4 - 4.30 on Thursday afternoons. These half hour workshops are a great way to get your head around Rubik cubes and learn to solve them, so bring your cube and have some fun.


May Half-Term Activities

We’re really excited to be celebrating the fantastic CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in the children’s library this half term with a special story time and award session where we ask you to be the judges! Join us on Wednesday 29th May from 2-3pm for a couple of stories, some snacks, and a good chat, and help us choose Balham Library’s Greenaway winner for 2019. This session is suitable for all young book lovers from 4-14, and you can find out more about this year’s Greenaway medal here!

We’ve got a range of other amazing activities on this half term as well, including a “blooming brilliant” spring storytime and craft session on Thursday 30th May between 10.30 and 12 (stories at 11!), and a fantastic Creative Writing Workshop from 11-12pm on Saturday June 1st for young writers between 8 and 12.  We’re also very happy to be hosting Balham Children’s Centre’s Messy Play morning again on Friday May 31st, from 10-11 and 11.30-12.30. These popular sessions are for under 5’s and run on a first come, first served basis, so we suggest getting here a little early to make sure you get a place.


And one more thing…

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who added their favourite reads to the book recommendations wall in the children’s library (you can see some of them behind us in the picture!). We ended up with over 50 amazing titles on there, as well as some fab feedback, mini book reviews, and even a couple of requests for new titles which we’ll be sure to buy as soon as they’re released!


That’s all for now, but hopefully we’ll see some of you soon. Until then… happy reading!

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