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