Celebrate Black History Month in Merton libraries

Libraries across Merton will host celebrations to mark Black History Month.

All seven of Merton’s award-winning libraries will be showcasing Black History Month by putting on book displays. The libraries will also host a number of exciting events for all the family during October.

African dancing, drumming and a children’s storytime are all part of a day of activities being held at Pollards Hill Library in Mitcham this Saturday between 11am and 4.30pm.

The following weekend, on Saturday 15 October, there will be a film screening, talks from guest speakers, stalls and entertainment at Pollards Hill Library from 11am until 3.30pm.

Bring children along to a storytime at Raynes Park Library on 11 October at 11am. Craft sessions will also be held in Raynes Park Library this Saturday and next Saturday 15 October between 11am and 12.30pm.

Author Asher Senator will be performing a live tribute to Smiley Culture from the beginning of the British reggae music scene and talking about his new book, Smiley and Me, at Wimbledon Library on Thursday 20 October at 6pm.

Craft activities are being organised at West Barnes Library on Saturday 15 October between 2pm and 4pm. Meanwhile, at Mitcham Library, there will be crafts and a children’s storytime on Tuesday 25 October starting at 10.30am.

Merton council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “Black History Month is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Merton’s diversity and I invite you to join in with the range of exciting events hosted by our libraries and to share the stories of the borough’s rich heritage.”

For more information about the events planned for Black History Month, visit: https://arena.yourlondonlibrary.net/web/merton/events