Category Archives: Libraries

Libraries, pool and Arena may not open because of cash crisis

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More embarrassment for Tony Newman as Croydon-owned sports centre in his ward remains closed, while fears have been revived that the Labour-run council could flog off some libraries for housing Several of the borough’s public libraries and … Continue reading

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Roald Dahl: From pilot and spy to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach… generations of children and adults have been delighted by Roald Dahl’s books. Today is Roald Dahl Day, and here Dahl fan and former primary school teacher LAURA STEELE, … Continue reading

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Plans announced to reopen five libraries after covid lockdown

Weeks after other London boroughs reopened their libraries following the easing of covid-19 lockdown restrictions, Croydon has announced that five of its dozen public libraries will begin operating again with a reduced service from next Monday, July 20, including offering … Continue reading

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£83m: Council counts the cost of coronavirus emergency

The Town Hall borrowing millions of pounds more, only 1 in 5 council staff able to work in Fisher’s Folly, local businesses ‘on their knees’, and a ‘tsunami’ of mental health cases presenting at GP surgeries are just some of … Continue reading

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Council goes into covid-19 lockdown as it closes its offices

Council buildings across the borough were shut at close to no-notice yesterday, as Croydon went on a coronavirus lockdown. The council propaganda department made the announcement hours after Inside Croydon had revealed plans to close the borough’s 12 public libraries. … Continue reading

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Croydon to close public libraries during coronavirus outbreak

EXCLUSIVE: KEN LEE, our Town Hall correspondent, reports on a move which some of the borough’s librarians called for a fortnight ago The 12 libraries run by Croydon Council will close their doors for a final time tonight, with no … Continue reading

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Story Tellers young writers competition, to Feb 29

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Save yourself money, Tea and Tech, Upper Norwood, Jan 24

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Labour council backs scheme to encourage library volunteers

The council is “making it easier than ever before” – their own words – for people to volunteer to work in the borough’s libraries. A missive from Fisher’s Folly last week announced, “a new online system” that allows people to … Continue reading

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Book Buddies sessions, every Friday, Selsdon Library

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How to become a Library Buddy, Central Library, Oct 21

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West End at The Library, Upper Norwood, Nov 17

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Business women in action, Croydon Central Library, Nov 21

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Tea and Tech learning session at Upper Norwood Library, Aug 2

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Newman ducks questions to show he’s all words, not deeds

TOWN HALL SKETCH: Who are we to believe? The last full council meeting until October descended into accusations from politicians of lying (ahh, the sweet irony), while the public’s petitions were re-written for them by council officials, until debate was … Continue reading

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Libraries are ready for takeoff with Summer Reading Challenge

Fifty years on from Neil Armstrong taking that “one giant leap from mankind” to step on to the moon, and Croydon’s young readers are being encouraged to take interstellar adventures through the borough’s libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge. And the council … Continue reading

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Anne Frank exhibition, New Addington Library, to Jul 19

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Fears grow among residents over plans for libraries and parks

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on grumbling discontent among Labour’s grassroots members over their council leadership’s bungling, incompetence and lack of reliability Ollie Lewis, Croydon Labour’s cabinet member for butt plugs and shit shows, is to face a grilling from … Continue reading

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Library closures: Lewis forced to issue statement on plans

The Labour cabinet member who told the scrutiny committee that he ‘absolutely’ has plans to build more flats on the borough’s public libraries now says the council ‘currently’ has no plans to close libraries. Our bookish gyms correspondent, GENE BRODIE, … Continue reading

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Green Spaces Open Day Nature Talk, Central Library, Jun 8

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Children’s free craft activities, Central Library, Jun 8

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Woodland Trust Talk, Croydon Central Library, Jun 8

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Green Spaces Open Day, Croydon Central Library, Jun 8

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Shared reading sessions at Ashburton Library, every Saturday

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Save Shirley Library: MP Jones steps in with her own survey

Sarah Jones, the Labour MP for Croydon Central, has launched an online survey as part of a campaign to resist the Labour-controlled council’s proposals to close or move Shirley Library. Shirley is one of four public libraries earmarked for relocation … Continue reading

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