Walk and Talk Parents

A friendly, open group for parents with children. Meet outside the library at 1030 on Wednesdays for a walk and natter in the park, then finish up at the library from 1130 for a cuppa and a warm up if it’s cold No need to book – all welcome! The group would love some new members. Don’t be shy – come along and join the throng.

Cricklereaders May 2024 – A Man Walks Into A Room

In May, Cricklereaders are reading A Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss.

Award-winning American novelist Nicole Krauss first captivated readers with her groundbreaking debut novel Man Walks into a Room, a novel in which Krauss explores what it is to lose one’s identity and what it is to discover what makes us human.

Samson Greene has been missing for eight days when he is discovered wandering through the Nevada desert, ‘ragged as a crow’ and with no idea who he is. He is rushed to hospital where doctors save his life, but all his memories after the age of twelve have been permanently lost. Now, as he looks around the beautiful apartment he apparently shares with his wife and which is filed with all the souvenirs of a life well lived, Samson feels nothing more than a vague admiration.

In her first novel Nicole Krauss tells the story of a man suddenly liberated from the life he has made, disconnected from the people who have defined him. Withdrawing from a wife he has no memory of loving, Samson plunges weightless into the future. But when he agrees to participate in a revolutionary experiment, what he experiences a revelation of what it means to be human.

‘Krauss celebrates the anything-but-simple art of human connection’ San Francisco Chronicle

‘You’ll savour the last page – and be hungry for future work from this talented author’ The Washington Post Book World

Nicole Krauss is an American bestselling author who has received international critical acclaim for her first three novels: Great House (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011), The History of Love (Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger) and Man Walks into a Room all of which are available in Penguin paperback.

The group will meet on Sunday 19 May at 1030 in the library.

Absolute Beginners Drawing and Painting

Would you like to learn to draw and paint?

If you are a Rusty Returner or have not done any art since schooldays, join our NEW Tuesday sessions. No experience required!

Learn the basics from scratch – how to draw items and make them look 3D!

Take the mystery out of mixing colours – no more wobbly drawings or muddy paintings!

All materials will be provided for the first session. Francine, our very patient and experienced tutor will show you what you need for future sessions.

Tuesdays 9, 16 and 23 April (more dates to come)

12.15 – 2pm

£15 per session

Booking essential

To reserve your space and how to pay

Please email Francine@artsplashlondon.co.uk

Line Dancing with Donna

What better way to keep fit than by dancing with Donna? Those of you who have tried Donna’s seated exercise at the library on Monday mornings will know she’s a brilliant, upbeat teacher and great dancer. If you’re feeling the beneficial effects of seated exercise and want to take your fitness journey up a knotch, this is perfect for you. It’s also just great fun for those who just like a good bop of an evening. Why not come along and try it out?

Places are limited, because the room is not huge, so you MUST have a ticket to attend to attend. Until funding comes through there will be a small charge for this class but we hope to make it free in a few weeks.

Entry to the activity room at the back of the library will be via the side passage, to avoid disturbing the Writers Group. Please arrive from 1850.

CrickleUkers Comes to the Library

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for – a local ukulele jam, at your favourite library, right on your doorstep.

Yes, that’s right – from Friday 1 March, (7.30-9pm) we’ll be running a monthly drop in ukulele jam for anyone with a yearning to play the world’s cutest instrument. It really is possible to pick up a uke and play a song with only three chords, within the space of an hour and a half. If you don’t believe me, come along and find out.

We have about 7 ukes you can try, so you’re welcome to come along and take a chance on getting one, or dig out the uke you bought in lockdown and dust it off and come along. We have some spare tuners too, so we can get yours tuned up and ready to rock it out.

We have two volunteer jam leaders – Brendan and Alvaro – who will get the tunes going and lead the playing.

Gwan – you know you want to! Head over here to reserve your free place.