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What's on in Balham Library this October!

What's on in Balham Library this October!


There are all sorts of exciting things planned at Balham Library this October – Children’s Library Manager, Lucinda Murray, tells us all we need to know!

October is a super month at the library, with lots to look forward to. We’ve got events for adults and children as we celebrate Black History Month, Libraries Week, and more…

This year we’re celebrating Black History Month with a vast array of events running across the borough, from crafternoons to travelling carnivals, but we’re particularly excited by the line up at Balham Library for children and adults alike.

We’ve got some very exciting events for adults to help us celebrate Black History Month. Loretta from the SiLL project (Start Ups in London Libraries) will be running a workshop on Black Entrepreneurs and their motivations and impact on October 10th. We’re also looking forward to a visit from local author Lorna Jones, who’ll be joining us to give a talk on her newly published book on hair loss and caring for afro-textured hair on October 16th, intriguingly titled ‘If only hair could talk’. Then, on October 30th, we’ve got another amazing author event in collaboration with Wandsworth LGBTQ forum; this time with Luke Turner whose debut non-fiction book Out of the Woods has been shortlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Prize. We’ve even got a crossover event this month, with a Crafternoon on October 19th which promises fun for old and young alike.

The children’s library will also be jam-packed with events this month. We’re excited to be hosting the Black Heroes Foundation who work to promote the acknowledgement, respect and celebration of cultural heroes. They will be bringing their Black Heroes Wall of Fame exhibit to the library on October 19th and November 1st as well as running educational workshops for school classes. We’re also really looking forward to being visited by Samantha from Book Love, the famous multicultural book carnival which aims to amplify and celebrate diverse black and minority voices in media.  Book Love will be at Balham Library all day on Friday October 25th, so come along and find your new favourite book!

We’ve also got a range of exciting storytellers stopping by… John Titi, an internationally-acclaimed storyteller from Kenya will be visiting in half term. We’re really excited for his show, which promises to combine interweaves banter, chant, song, music, riddles, tongue twisters, dance and movement to form highly interactive contemporary storytelling theatre performances. And, if that wasn’t enough already, our wonderful colleague Amma will be visiting us from Tooting to run a fun and fruit-filled storytime centred on the children’s classic Handa’s Surprise.

Libraries Week will also be running from 7th-12th October with the theme ‘Celebrating Libraries in a Digital World’. Celebrate with us by checking out our range of online or digital resources or taking part in an event across the borough. As part of the celebrations we’ll be running a zine-making workshop and Lego competition on Saturday 5th, inviting library users to design, imagine, and build their own library of the future. We’re also very excited to be running a quiz created by Balham’s Code Club in the Children’s Library all week long; along with a special drop in coding buddies session on Wednesday 9th October.

Finally, moving from digital to magical, we’re hosting theatre group Magical Quests on Thursday 24th October for a special half-term performance partly inspired by a certain boy wizard and featuring live potion making…

If we’ve piqued your interest with any of these events, or to find more information about the event and activities planned across Wandsworth Libraries, please follow us on Twitter or explore the library website.

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