Upper Norwood Library’s activities programme gathers pace

Thanks to the dedication of its librarians and the volunteers who run its trust, the Upper Norwood Library continues to operate, despite Croydon Council slashing its share of funding and thus ending a century’s worth of tradition and co-operation with neighbouring borough Lambeth.

Chinese lanternsAnd over the next few weeks, the library has organised a broad range of activities and talks for all ages, including a couple of sessions for young children during the upcoming school half-term, and providing the venue for the latest in a series of talks for the Norwood Society.

Tue Feb 18: 10.30am – 12.30pm: Chinese New Year event
Fiona will be talking about the Chinese New Year celebrations and teaching the children how to make Chinese lanterns. Suitable for children aged 5-10 years old.
Charge: £3 each. Tickets must be booked prior to the event at the enquiry desk in the library.

Thu Feb 20: 3.30pm to 4pm: Welsh mythical stories
Fiona will tell Welsh stories and bring in Welsh cakes to enjoy.
Age: Children aged 4-plus
Charge: Free, but donations welcome.

Zephyrus wooing Flora, a painting typical of much of Henrietta Rae's work, which will be discussed at the next Norwood Society talk

Zephyrus wooing Flora, a painting typical of much of Henrietta Rae’s work, which will be discussed at the next Norwood Society talk

Thu Feb 20: 7.30pm: Norwood Society talk
A talk on Victorian artists, Henrietta Rae and Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale.
Age: All ages
Charge: Free, but donations for refreshments welcome.

Sat Feb 22: 10am – 1pm: Warm and Well 
Drop-in chat and reminiscence, with a special rhyme-time for all generations at 10.30 – 11am.
Age: from three months to 99 years
Charge: Free, including a free goodie bag for those of 65 years.

Sat Mar 1: 2pm-4pm: Fairtrade event
Including Fairtrade products for sale; a banana story-time from Fiona at 2.30-3pm; a Fairtrade banana recipe competition where you are invited to bring in your banana creations to be judged by a Colombian banana producer, who will also be available for questions from 3.30pm.
Age: All ages
Charge: Free, but donations for story-time welcome.

Mon Mar 3: 10am-12pm: Patchwork and quilting workshop
Fiona will be teaching patchworking and quilting. Work will be done by hand, but if you have a PAT-tested sewing machine you may bring this along. Fiona’s sewing machine may be used on occasion, when required.
Age: Adults
Charge: Special introductory price of £2 per session for first three months and £3 per session thereafter.

Sat Mar 15: 2.30pm: Book Club
New reading group in which a title will be selected by attendees each month, covering all genres and categories.
Age: Adults
Charge: Free, but donations for refreshments required.

Thu Mar 20: 7.30pm-9.30pm: Norwood Society talk
Talk on West Norwood Cemetery.
Age: All ages
Charge: Free, but donations for refreshments welcome.


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