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Events at Raynes Park Library

Special Events, Competitions and Campaigns

London City Read

April 2015

London City Read is an annual reading campaign designed to encourage as many people in London to read the same book during the month of April. This year's book of choice is Ben Aaronovitch's 'Rivers of London'.

Rivers of London is the first of an urban fantasy / crime fiction series, that follows the adventures of a rookie copper-turned-apprentice-wizard, Peter Grant, and his boss, the last wizard in England. A unique blend of police procedural, supernatural mayhem and threads of fascinating hidden history woven through the very fabric of the plot, Rivers Of London is fast-moving, funny, full of warmth and features at its heart one of the greatest and most historically rich cites in the world: London.

Libraries across London will have extra copies of the book and will be holding events to run alongside the month of April. Raynes Park Library is hosting:

Rivers of London Quiz / Coffee Afternoon - Tuesday 14 April (10.30 - 11.30am)

Join our quizmaster for a fun and interactive quiz to test your knowledge of the rivers in London. Free refreshments will be provided as well as a friendly atmosphere.
No booking required.


Six Book Challenge

January to June 2015

The Six Book Challenge takes place annually between January and June. It is aimed at individuals who perhaps lack confidence in the literacy skills, who English is not their first language or are not regular readers.

To take part, we challenge you to read any six books from one of our librarys over the course of the six months and record your reading with us. Those who complete the challenge will receive a certificate and be invited to an award ceremony to celebrate your success. Completers will also be entered into a prize draw. Come along to one of Merton's Libraries today and register your interest.


Easter Holiday Activities

Easter Basket-making

Thursday 2 April (11.30am - 12.30pm)

Join us for some fun children's crafts to celebrate Easter. Today we will be making Easter baskets to store all of your chocolate eggs. No booking required. Suitable for ages 4 and up.


Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday 9 April (2 - 3pm)

The Easter Bunny has just been in to hide a stockpile of chocolatey goodness in Raynes Park Library today. Can you follow the clues to find an egg? Come along today to take part.
No booking required. Suitable for ages 4 and up.


Jenny's Easter Crafts

Saturday 11 April (2 - 4pm)

Join Jenny for a fun craft session with an Easter theme. Fun for all the family.
No booking required. Suitable for ages 4 and up.


Spotlight on: Ripe Enterprises Employability Support

Fridays (9.30am - 12.30pm)

Ripe Enterprises offer help with: CV and cover letter advice and preparation, interview techniques, email account creation, online job search advice and guidance (e.g. LinkedIn, job search websites registration) as well as general employment advice.

This service is delivered by Ripe Enterprises

Drop by on Friday mornings to speak to an advisor, who will arrange a date and time for your 1:1 session.


Regular Children's Activities


Tuesdays (11 - 11.30am) - Join Nicola for reading fun

Thursdays (3.45 - 4.15pm) - Join Mollie for older reads

Come along with your children, friends and families and have a wonderful time full of fun stories and rhymes. All are welcome and there is no need to book.


Homework Club

Fridays (4.30 - 6pm)

Free drop-in homework club (term time only) with volunteers on hand to help children with their homework. Children benefit from a space to study, access to a wide selection of books and resources and supervised internet access.
Please note: Some of our volunteers have qualified teaching experience, others do not, but all will use their expertise and the library resources to give assistance to your childs benefit. Suitable for ages 4-14 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 on Saturdays (2 - 4pm)

Join Jenny for fun and interactive craft sessions. All welcome!
Upcoming dates: Saturday 28 March and running fortnightly thereafter. Please contact the library on 020 8274 5718 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.


Regular Adult Activities

Chess Club

Mondays (11am - 1pm)

If you fancy brushing up on your tactics or learning how to play from scratch, then why not join us on Mondays for a game of chess. Suitable for ages 18 and up. All abilities welcome. No booking required.
Please not that there will be no session on Monday 9 February, but it will resume again the following Monday. Please note that Chess Club is having a short break and will return in April.


Jewellery Making

Mondays (2 - 4pm)

Join our friendly group and learn to make stunning jewellery using semi-precious stones. Participants are asked to pay for the cost of materials. No booking required, just come along on the day.


Falun Dafa

Mondays (5 - 6.30pm)

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.' No booking required.


Write Afresh

Tuesdays (1 - 3pm)

Write Afresh is a creative writing, reading and discussion group. All are welcome! To join, come along to one of the sessions and ask to speak to George Macgillivray or Ann Vaughan Williams.


Family History: Following in your Family's Footsteps

One Saturday each month (2 - 4pm)

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

Please keep an eye out here for April and the forthcoming months meeting dates. We will publish them here as soon as they have been finalised.


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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