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Events at Raynes Park Library

Upcoming events:

Cityread 2014

Visit our Cityread 2014 page to find out about this year's events and what's taking place at your local library.

Comic strip workshop for kids
Thursday 10 April, 11am-12.30pm: Join the award winning comic artist, Karen Rubins for a special workshop to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1. This workshop will focus on wartime London, with a chance to create your own comic strip. Suitable for 8- 12 year olds. Booking essential.

Dramatisation of Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful
Monday 14 April, 10am-11am:
In association with the City Read campaign, and back by popular demand, John Kirk will be embarking on a one man show based on Private Peaceful- an emotional story of a young soldier in the First World War. Booking essential.

Ratna's over 50s body and mind movement taster

Friday 25 April, 11.30am- 12.30pm
Join Ratna's workshop, which aims to develop awareness of the body through creative movement and coordination exercises. The aim is also to have fun and a few laughs along the way. Please book a space on 020 8274 5718

Italian language class for beginners

Every Saturday, 10.00am- 11.00am
Federica has started a brand new class for those wanting to learn Italian. Join our fun, friendly session! Register your interest at the library on 020 8274 5718.

Chatterbooks - Children's Reading Group

Starting Saturday 10 May, 2.00- 3.00pm
Join our new junior reading group, suitable for 8-12 year olds. This monthly group uses specially designed themes to encourage an enjoyment of books and reading, with fun interactive activities. This may also help to improve children's confidence with reading and useful skills such as public speaking and presentation. Register your interest at the library on 020 8274 5718.

Spotlight on: Falun Dafa

Every Monday, 5.00- 6.30pm- Drop-in session
This is a traditional Chinese qigong meditation practice to improve mind and body, with simple, easy to learn exercises for all ages and abilities.

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is an advanced practice of Buddha school self cultivation, founded by Li Hongzhi. It is a discipline in which 'assimilation to the highest qualities of the universe- Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance) is the foundation of practice.'

Regular Children Activities:  

Story time for the under 5s

Come along with your children, friends and families and have a wonderful time full of fun stories and rhymes. Both sessions are term time only.

Monday mornings 10- 10.30am (Booking is required on the day with a maximum of 50- this session is very popular, please arrive early to avoid disappointment)- Returning on Mon 28 April

Thursday afternoons 3.45pm- 4.15pm (suitable for 2+ years)

1:1 Reading Aloud Support for children

The library offers 1-1 read aloud support for children aged 5+. These are free sessions that encourage enjoyment of reading and offer additional support. Sessions are run by DBS-checked volunteers. Please contact the library to book a place on 020 8274 5718.

Crafty Saturdays at the library for kids

Fortnightly Saturday, 2.00- 4.00pm Join Jenny for fun and interactive craft sessions. All welcome! Contact the library for more information.

The Bridge Children's Centre

The Bridge Children's Centre, running in the Raynes Park Library Hall, is one of eleven centres Merton have developed to provide borough wide coverage for all families with children under 5. All centres are fully accessible and provide a range of multi-agency services that meet the Sure Start vision for children's centres. Please visit the Bridge Children's Centre website for more information, including timetable of events.

Free regular adult activities at the library:






2 - 4pm

Jewellery making

Learn to make jewellery with semi-precious stones. Cost for materials.


5- 6.30pm

Falun Dafa

A Chinese practice that focuses on improving mind and body through qigong exercises and meditation.


10.30 - 12.30pm

Write Afresh

Write Afresh is a creative writing, reading and discussion group. All are welcome! To join contact the Friends of Raynes Park Library or come along to the library on a Tuesday morning and ask for George Macgillivray or Ann Vaughan Williams.


2- 4pm

Crochet and Chat

For beginners or those wanting to brush up. Fortnightly sessions available. All are welcome. For more information contact the library on 020 8274 5718 or speak to a member of staff. 


2- 3.30pm

Coffee afternoon

Come and join our friendly get-togethers, with a different speaker every last Tuesday of the month

Tuesday 29 April: Learn about the London Underground with the Friends of London Transport Museum


10.30am- 12pm

IT Support session 

Free IT drop-in help for IT enquiries


2.00pm - 3.00pm

Arty social

Drop in and join our friendly art group led by local Kings College students every Friday afternoon (term time only)



Italian for Beginners

 Join our weekly beginners language class with Federica.


2- 4pm 

Family History: following in your family's footsteps 

We run a genealogy discussion group once a month. If you want to find out how to trace your family tree or have begun to trace your family tree but need some help in moving on to the next stage, our friendly, informal sessions may help you.

Next session: Saturday 12 April

Computer coaching

We run several computer coaching courses each week. The course offers a basic introduction to computers and the Internet. Each course lasts three or four weeks, requiring attendance once a week for two hours. The groups are small so that personal attention can be given. If you wish to practice what you have learnt between sessions, please attend one of the drop in IT support sessions (see above table). Please contact Raynes Park Library for further information.



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