Library gets in Festival spirit with quiz, walks and poetry

The Upper Norwood Library and the Norwood Society have put together a package of cultural and historical events for people of all ages as part of the Crystal Palace Overground Festival, which starts this week.

Crystal Palace Overground Festival logo 2014The events continue throughout the week, beginning tonight with a Festival Pub Quiz.

Look out for these activities and events for the Overground Festival:

  • The Festival Pub Quiz

When: Wednesday June 25, 7pm to 9.30pm

Where: The White Hart pub

As a sharpener to the main events, take part in the first ever Crystal Palace Overground Festival Pub Quiz – there are prizes to be won! Tickets are £2 per person and available to buy online.

The organisers have very generously offered to donate proceeds to the Upper Norwood Library Trust in order to help sustain the service.

  • Victorian Waggle and Hum

When: Thursday June 26, 9.30am to 10am and 11am to 11.30am

Where: Upper Norwood Library

Bring your babies for this Victorian-themed nursery rhyme session. Donations kindly accepted.

  • Beyond Words’ children’s special

When: Friday June 27, 5pm

Where: Upper Norwood Library

Spoken Words just for children aged 10 years and over (with accompanying adults), featuring a special children’s entertainer! Donations welcome.

  • Beyond Words and Upper Norwood Library present 1914-2014

When: Friday June 27, 7pm

Where: Upper Norwood Library

Spoken word and music with John Greening (poet), Hylda Sims (poet-musician), Fiona-Jane Watson (actress) and Matthew Caley (poet). A varied, lively, reflective programme for the WWI memorial year. Donations welcome.

To find out more about Beyond Words, the organiser of these two events, please visit:

  • Upper Norwood Library story-time

When: Saturday June 28, 1pm to 1.30pm

Where: Westow Park, Kids’ Zone: Story-telling tent

Join Fiona, UNL’s Children’s Librarian, for some exciting stories about what goes on in the park in the dark. Suitable for ages 4-8 years.

Upper Norwood Library will also have  a stall at Westow Park all day which you are encouraged to visit for more information about the library and its activities.

  • Waggle and Hum at the Festival

When: Saturday June 28, 1.45pm to 2.15pm

Where: Westow Park, Baby and Toddler Zone

The much-loved Waggle and Hum – with a twist! Come and sing nursery songs with Fiona, along with her puppets and musical instruments, and enjoy a story. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

  • North of the Triangle: a Local History Walk

When: Sunday June 29, 4.15pm

Where: Meet outside Crystal Palace Station, SE19 2AZ

Exploring the area between Westow Hill and Gipsy Hill for about 90 minutes.

  • Exhibition: The Triangle in the Sixties

When: Throughout the festival week during library opening hours

Where: Upper Norwood Library

Photographs taken of the Upper Norwood Triangle and surrounding area from the 1960s from the Norwood Society archives. For more information about the Norwood Society, please visit:

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