August Events

Story Lab – Traditional Tales

Every Thursday in August 4.30pm – 6pm

We’re joining in with the Olympic Games cultural theme and will host special events to celebrate various traditional tales from around the world. These special events take place every Thursday afternoon until the end of August. They are for children aged 5 to 10 and cost £1 per child so please book your session and pay for your ticket for these fun filled sessions at the Enquiry desk.

Thursday 9th – a trip to Nepal. Author, Jeanette Owen, will visit and you can make a ‘nodding’ snow tiger.
Thursday 16th – a trip to Japan. We have a special story teller and you can design and make a fan.
Thursday 23rd – a trip to Russia. Listen to Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev and make a Faberge-style egg.
Thursday 30th – a trip to Africa and make a sand picture.

June and July Events

 June and July events



Saturday Waggle and Hum

Saturday 23rd JunWaggle and Hume 10.30am

Our popular songs & rhymes session for babies aged 0-2 years. Only £1 per baby.

These Saturday sessions are once every 4 weeks for dads (although mums and other relatives are also welcome). The next ones will be 21st July & 18th August at 10.30am

Summer Saturday

23rd June from 2.30 – 4.30pm

For children aged 4 to 10 years old. Come and celebrate the summer with us! It is the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll this year so we will re-enact the Mad Hatters Tea party – so long as no-one steals the jam tarts!

The children will then have fun making Cheshire cat masks. As space is limited and it is bound to be popular, please book your place at least a week in advance.
Cost: £2 per child to be paid at time of booking.

Story Lab – National Summer Reading Challenge

Monday 2nd July until Friday 14th September

We have signed up with the Reading Agency to take part in this year’s ‘Story Lab’ summer reading challenge so your children can reinforce their reading skills learnt at school and discover the joy of reading. The challenge is for your child to read 6 books during the school holidays. They receive a reward for every book they read and a medal and certificate if they complete the whole 6 book challenge.

The ‘Story Lab’ theme links in with the Olympic cultural theme of different countries getting together and celebrating their differences. In the library throughout the holidays we will have special events focusing on different countries’ traditional tales.  (Details of dates and times will be available nearer the time)

You can sign up and start reading any time from Monday 2nd July. The deadline for completing the challenge is Friday 14th September.
The ‘Story Lab’ challenge is for children aged 5-10 years.

For younger children
We have the Bookstart Book  Crawl scheme. This runs all year so you can start now – just ask for details at the enquiry desk.

For older children and teenagers we will be organising a different book challenge called ‘Team Teen Read’.


2012 Games Saturday

21st July from 2.30 – 4pm

For children aged 4 to 10 years old. On your marks for a marathon story-telling session, get set for some fun and games, Go! home with some books to read in the school holidays. In this session Fiona will tell a whole load of stories, you will be able to show your skills at throwing and then we will help you choose some good books to read. Cost: £1 per child, with a chance to win some money back!

Usborne BooksaleUsborne Book Stall

Saturday 26th July 11am – 5pm

Come and buy a book from our Usborne rep, Kate, who sets up a book stall in the library. The more books bought or ordered by you, the more free books Kate will be able to give to the library! From the books she sold in 2011 she was able to donate £320 worth of books. So thank you for all your purchases!

Visit Kate O’Sullivan’s website or call her on 079 6820 2199 to place an order. Next dates at the library:  28th July 11am-5pm.

Dickens & the Metropolis

Dickens & the Metropolis


An interactive presentation by Calix Eden to celebrate 200 years of London’s greatest author. Saturday 12th May 2012 at 2.30pm

Advanced booking is essential. Tickets are free but donations will be accepted. Everyone welcome – Young and Old!

Public Consultation on Library Service in Upper Norwood

Croydon and Lambeth councils are currently holding a public consultation about the future of Upper Norwood Library. Please come in and fill out a consultation questionnaire for both councils regardless of which borough you live in.

February and March Events

Currently on Display at Upper Norwood Library:

The Gordon Riots

The huge riots that engulfed London in June 1780 are today a little known part of our national history. Starting as a protest over religious issues, they soon became a general assault on the institutions of the state. Our display tells of this remarkable story and some of the colourful personalities involved. Perhaps of some topical interest following events in British cities last August with some thought-provoking parallels.

March & April events:

World Book Day Thursday 1st March

During that week we will be promoting Bookstart packs and the Bookstart Crawl scheme at all our regular events and holding a special ‘stories’ event on Saturday 3rd March

Fairtrade Fortnight 27th Feb to 11th March

At 2.30pm on Saturday 3rd March Fiona will be reading various stories, including a Charlie & Lola one, to celebrate both World Book Day and Fairtrade Fortnight in the library.

Family Fun: There will also be some delicious goodies to try including bananas dipped in chocolate and florentines.

Also, around the Upper Norwood Triangle, various celebratory Fairtrade events will be happening on this day, too, so there’s lots of reasons to be in the area and sample all the Fairtrade goodies.

For Children:

Chocolate Easter Bunny Decorating

Saturday 31st March at 2pm and 3.45pm

Monday 2nd April at 2.30pm

Tuesday 3rd April at 2.30pm.

Your favourite Easter fun event will be taking place over 3 days this year to give more children a chance to take part. Each session will last for an hour and all children aged 4 or older can take part but they must book and pay for their place first. Tickets cost £2 and are available at the Enquiry Desk on the main counter. Please note there will be only 10 places per session so it is essential to book and pay in advance as this is always a very popular activity.

National Library Day

National Library DayUpper Norwood Library

Celebrates National Library Day

Saturday 4th February

 Instigated by Alan Gibbons, a kind supporter of our library who has visited us several times, to celebrate the contribution libraries make to the community.

For this special day we are organising some fun things for you to enjoy. Including:

Prize Draw – for a week of free DVD and Music loans. The winner will be drawn from the library card numbers used to issue items on the day.

 A ‘post-it’ board for library users to write their well wishes for this library and/or libraries in general, which will be photographed for our archives to mark the occasion and record the names of people who used this library on this special National Libraries Day 2012

Kate will be here with her Usborne bookstall.
There will be the Usborne duck treasure hunt for children under 5 along with other Treasure Hunts for 5 to 8 year olds and for children aged 9 and over.

 A book review competition for adults – best one wins a prize. The top 20 reviews will be posted on our website for other library users to read.

 Word search puzzles for adults

 Word search fun for children 5-8 yrsplus draw your favourite book character on the reverse of the sheet – top three get published on our website

Word search fun for children 9-11 yrsplus write a poem about this library or libraries in general, or, write a review of your favourite book – top three poems and reviews will be published on our website.

Word search fun for children 12-14 yrsplus write a review of your favourite book, or write a poem about libraries, or re-design the book cover for ‘My so-called afterlife’ by Tamsyn Murray – top three reviews, poems and book covers will be published on our website.

For competition details – visit our ‘Special Events’ page.

Quick Reads book display

Photo display of our library’s history

Celebration cake and hot drinks ‘n’ nibbles (food for thought!).

Have you discovered the wonderful world of Roald Dahl?

Georges Marvellous Medicine

Come and listen to one of Mr Dahl’s funniest tales – ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ – read by Dan Swinton.

Dan will also dramatise a traditional tale for National Library Day and to celebrate National Storytelling Week. Open to children aged 5 or above and their parents.
Free event, although donations are always appreciated.

January Events

Saturday 21st January at 2.30pm

The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl

Come and listen to one of Mr Dahl’s funniest tales – ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ – read by Dan Swinton. Dan is a local story-teller and dramatist who is giving these readings free of charge, although your donations for the library activities are always appreciated. For children aged 5 upwards and accompanying parents.

Usborne Book Fair

Thank you all of you who bought books from Kate in 2011. The library has been given £320 of free books for everyone to borrow as a result of your purchases. There will be various reduced price books, card games and activities on the Saturday 21st January book stall. If you can’t wait until then, you can visit Kate O’Sullivan’s website or call her on 07968 202199 to place an order.