Celebrate Black History Month at Merton Libraries

Merton Libraries will be celebrating Black History Month throughout October with a wide range of events and activities. For info about services and events across the borough, visit www.merton.gov.uk/libraries 

Book launch of Hunting for Freedom by Kofi Asante 
This is Kofi Asante’s official launch of Hunting for Freedom: The Magic of Sakora Wonoo. Kofi will talk about his novel, then there will be a Q&A and a chance to buy a copy. 
Mitcham Library: Saturday 2 October, 1-3pm
Booking via Eventbrite  

Black History Month event with Author Noo Saro-Wiwa 
Join writer Noo Saro-Wiwa author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria for a talk at Wimbledon Library. Noo Saro-Wiwa was born in Nigeria and raised in England and Looking for Transwonderland (Granta, 2012), her first book, was selected as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week and was named The Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year. It has been translated into French and Italian. Noo writes book reviews, travel and opinion articles for publications, including Condé Nast Traveller, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement and City AM.  
Wimbledon Library: Thursday 28 October, 6-7pm
Booking required via Eventbrite 

Anansi spider craft and coding session for kids 
Join First Class Coders for a fantastic story time learning about Anansi the trickster spider! Children will get crafty by designing and making their own paper plate Anansi spider. Then they will create their own digital spider and code their own fun animation/cartoon, featuring themselves meeting Anansi and bringing the story to life. Age: 4-7. 
Colliers Wood Library: Thursday 26 October, 1.30-3pm 
Booking via Eventbrite 

Community event organised by councillor Joan Henry 
Events and activities throughout the day including storyteller Wendy Shearer.
Pollards Hill Library: Saturday 30 October, time TBC 

Black Asian Minority Ethnic voice Black History Month event  
Join BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic Voice) in celebrating this year’s Black History Month. The theme will be: ‘The written word – a vehicle for health and healing’. There will be arts and crafts, storytelling, music and drama, food and much more. Just turn up, no need to book.
Wimbledon Library: Saturday 30 October, 11am-4.30pm  

Black History Month heritage displays 
These libraries will have displays by Merton Heritage Service: 
Merton’s Black History: An A to Z  
Morden Library, 2nd floor: 1-9 October 
Mitcham Library: 13-20 October 
Wimbledon Library: 23-30 October 
Faces and Places: Aspects of Merton’s Black and Asian Heritage 
Colliers Wood Library: 1-6 October 
Raynes Park Library: 9-13 October 
West Barnes Library: 16-20 October 
Pollards Hill Library: 23– 30 October   

Story times and crafts 
All our libraries will also be having special story times and craft sessions throughout the month. Check our Eventbrite page for details