Why I Love Wandsworth Libraries

Published: Friday 1st March 19

In the latest of our series of chats as part of our #gettoknowyourlibrary campaign, we find out why two-year-old Juno and mum Sophie love Balham Library.

Sophie and Juno

I love this library and I come here a lot with the girls, Juno and Elsa. It’s such a lovely space and we have a Saturday routine of bringing our books back and getting new ones out. And we did Rhyme Time every single Wednesday or Thursday when Elsa was seven or eight weeks old – so I adore this library. 

There’s a great sense of community, particularly in this library, and the sessions have a lovely atmosphere. There’s probably nothing more important than reading to children – and they absolutely love it. Alex (Martin, now the Library Manager) used to run Rhyme Time and he has a cult following. There wasn’t a space to sit! Especially since I’ve had small children I’ve used this library a lot and it has become a fundamental part of our lives.

There’s a lot of things that happen here and a lot of things for the community. I’m a barrister and I sometimes use it for work. If I don’t want to go all the way into the city and use chambers so I come here and use the space and hide from my children! And I’m a member of a book club and I borrow books as well – if there’s a new book I can order it.

We have a lot of books at home but it’s a nice idea to have the idea of a library as something you do. It’s a good thing to share books and enjoy them. The sense of having a lovely collection of things that everyone gets to share is a lovely notion.


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Recent comments

I always come to the Battersea Park library and I must share my comments. The staff here is amazing. Always extremely helpful on everything from books to computer help. They also protect everyone here when there is a person in here is causing problems for which the police need to be called (happened yesterday). MUCH respect sent to everyone, especially Mohammed and Paul. They made us all feel safe and comfortable coming back today. Best regards and many thanks. Holly Brown
Holly Brown

5 March 2019