Events at the Library

June and July Events

Crystal Palace Overground Festival on Thursday 26th June – Sunday 29th June in and around the Crystal Palace Triangle


It’s back – bigger, bolder and better than ever! 

The community of Crystal Palace is once again pulling out all the stops to lay on a long weekend of entertainment, cultural and educational activities –  and lots and lots of fun!  Look out for these events in particular:

When: Wednesday 25th June at 7 – 9.30pm
Where: The White Hart pub
The Festival Pub Quiz
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 now: https://www.event…
N.B. The organisers have very generously offered to donate proceeds to the Upper Norwood Library Trust in order to help sustain the service – thank you!

When: Thursday 26th June at 9.30 – 10am and 11 – 11.30am
Where: Upper Norwood Library
Victorian Waggle and Hum
Bring your babies for this Victorian-themed nursery rhyme session. Donations kindly accepted.

When: Friday 27th June at 5pm
Where: Upper Norwood Library
Beyond Words’ children’s special
Spoken Words just for children aged 10 years and over (with accompanying adults), featuring a special children’s entertainer! Donations welcome.

When: Friday 27th June at 7pm
Where: Upper Norwood Library
Beyond Words and Upper Norwood Library present 1914-2014
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:

When: Saturday 28th June, all day
Where: Westow Park
Drop by the Upper Norwood Library stall, where there’ll be freebies, information about the library service and lots of bargains on sale, such as comics, DVDs, games, the classic Fresh Air Suburb poster and much more!

When: Saturday 28th June at 1 – 1.30pm
Where: Westow Park, Kids’ Zone: Story-telling tent
Upper Norwood Library story-time
Join Fiona, our Children’s Librarian, for some exciting stories about what goes on in the park in the dark. Suitable for ages 4-8 years.

When: Saturday 28th June at 1.45 – 2.15pm
Where: Westow Park, Baby and Toddler Zone
Waggle and Hum at the festival!
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.

When: Throughout the festival week during library opening hours
Where: Upper Norwood Library
Exhibition: The Triangle in the Sixties
Photographs taken of the Upper Norwood Triangle and surrounding area from the 1960s from the Norwood Society archives. For more information about and to join the Norwood Society, please visit:

Please visit for the full programme of events.

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From next month, the lovely Joycellyn and her team will be offering free computer training workshops to our visitors.  If you are interested in any of the sessions outlined below, please contact us at 020 8670 2551 during opening hours or leave your name and contact details when you next visit the library.

Courses in July 2014

Thursday 3rd July at 10am – 12pm: How to save money on utility bills and shopping online

Thursday 10th July at 10am – 12pm: Create a CV using Microsoft Word

Thursday 17th July at 10am – 12pm: How to use the internet to save time and money

Thursday 24th July at 10am – 12pm: Online safety for children

Thursday 31st July at 10am – 12pm: How to use the internet safely

Information on courses in August will be posted in due course.

PLEASE NOTE: Our public access computer system has not yet been replaced, but we are hoping to report some good news soon(ish) – watch this space!

BC1Book Club on Saturday 5th July at 2.30 to 3.30pm

The fourth Book Club title is The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry4. The Secret Scripture


Nine copies are available at the library (if you can’t see it on display at the counter, just ask), or, if you show your library card to the bookseller and mention the UNL Book Club at The Bookseller Crow on Westow Street, you will get £1 off the paperback edition. 

Age: Adults
Charge: Free, but donations welcomed.

Please contact Rita at, by telephone on 020 8670 2551 or in person if you have any queries or special requirements.

If you have the need to read, join us!

Refreshments will be available.

Stitch Pitch: Patchwork and Quilting WorkshopSP1 on Monday 7th July at 10am to 12pm

Fiona will be teaching patchwork 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: £3 per session

Refreshments will be available.