Librarians prove to be game for a laugh on Gaming Day

Despite not being able to provide any tables for hexagonal chess, which was invented by Wladislaw Glinski, a long-time resident of nearby Streatham, nor for Risk, which is believed to be the favourite game, if played with public money, of some of Croydon’s councillors, the Upper Norwood Library is offering a lot of other fun and games on Saturday – which has been burdened under the title of “International Gaming Day”.

MonopolyLocal resident and role play gaming enthusiast Andy Horton will be holding a special Upper Norwood Library Games Club session from 1.30 to 4.30pm for more serious gamers.

“If you’re already a gamer or would like to try adult board games and role-playing games for the first time, please come along – and bring anybody else who might be game with you,” the organisers say.

There’ll be something for everyone on the day… let the winds howl; hole up in your warm and dry library for games this Saturday.

12-1pm Storytelling Games with Catherine Eaglestone

12–1pm Test your physical skills. Games and card games with Fiona, the Children’s Librarian.
Mostly free but three games require coins of any denomination

1.30–4.30pm The Games Club

4.30–8pm Choices of Monopoly, Pictionary, Scrabble, Go for Broke! or Cluedo with Fiona
£5 per adult, £3 per child (must be eight years or older) – refreshments available. The library locks down at 5pm, so make sure you are in by then.

Also on Saturday November 21: 10am–4pm: Usborne book stall with Kate O’Sullivan. Every book Kate sells earns points towards free books for the library.
10.30–11am: Waggle and Hum, nursery rhyme-time with puppets for 0 – 2 year olds. Charge: £1 per baby

The events on Saturday go on despite prolonged uncertainty over the library staff’s future employment, caused by Lambeth Council’s plans to close half its libraries, and to hand over Upper Norwood to a trust, possibly to be run by volunteers.

Robert Gibson, of the Upper Norwood Library Campaign, said: “On behalf of all library users, we would like to say a huge thank you to our library staff. Despite all the chaos, they have ensured that our library constantly delivers amazing social returns and is an essential economic and social anchor to our community.”

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