What's on Croydon Libraries - APRIL - JUNE 2019 - Croydon Council

 
What’s on
Your guide to events and activities

                                      Croydon
                                      Libraries
APRIL - JUNE 2019
CROYDON LIBRARIES

Croydon Libraries:
Inform, Involve, Inspire
Croydon Libraries have exciting events planned for all ages this
spring. Highlights below:

Families: Every day somewhere in Croydon there is a rhymetime or craft activity
going on for families, as well as special events like Elmer’s 30th birthday, 50 years of
the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Easter celebrations.

London Mozart Players on the Move in Libraries! Bring your family along during
May half term to hear the London Mozart Players perform Peter & the Wolf in Croydon
Central, Thornton Heath and New Addington Libraries.

Teenagers dealing with exam stress. We welcome hundreds of students in our
libraries every spring as they prepare for their exams. Are you feeling stressed? Please
take a break from your studies to attend our drop in support sessions provided by Off
the Record and NHS Oasis in Central Library and Thornton Heath in April and May. All
Croydon libraries have a range of “Shelf Help” books, providing 13 to 18 year olds with
expert endorsed advice and information about anxiety, stress, bullying, and exams.

Cityread London. Cityread returns in May with Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha
Malik who is visiting Croydon on Friday 10th May 6-7pm at Ashburton Library.

Visit Thornton Heath Library to see the recently refurbished reception area and find
out about the wider range of local services available, including CSCS courses from
Croydon Works and access to Croydon Council services.

Visit our online library from your comfy chair or when out and about: browse our
latest e-Books and e-Audiobooks, access popular magazines and save money, and
read your local newspaper from our vast collection online. All free of charge.

Event categories:
This booklet and our posters display these symbols to help you find events:

U5s UNDER 5’s                           F         FAMILIES                   C         CHILDREN 5 -11
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                                      Libraries
                                                  Suitable for all ages,   Croydon
                                                                           Libraries
                                                                                       Suitable for
             under five years old.                family friendly.                     5 - 11year olds.

   T         TEENAGERS                            ADULTS                               ALL
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 Libraries   Suitable for teenagers   Croydon
                                      Libraries
                                                  Suitable for adults.                 Suitable for all.
             and young adults.

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CROYDON LIBRARIES – Volunteer With Us

Volunteer With Us
Do you want to make a difference in YOUR local community?
Meet new people? Boost your confidence?
Volunteer for Croydon libraries and you can be part of this! Volunteering with us
offers you a chance to meet new people, develop new skills and have fun - all whilst
supporting great changes to your local area. We have many opportunities available
for volunteers of all ages. Support our staff and add value to the service we already
provide for our customers. We have four volunteering roles suitable for adults:
IT Volunteer – assist our adult customers to get online and improve their digital skills,
or help out in one of our Homework Clubs.
Events Volunteer – support library staff in running events for all ages, ranging from
Rhymetimes and Storytimes to Reading groups and Knit & Knatter.
Local Library Volunteer – welcome customers and help them find what they need
in the library, let them know about library events, assist with self service facilities, and
help keep the library space tidy.
Befriending Service Volunteer – support individuals who are
unable to access their local library due to their age, poor health
or poor mobility.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer visit
www.croydon.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/volunteer

Celebrate Volunteering with us
Meet some of our volunteers and learn more about these fantastic opportunities at
our Volunteer Celebration. Refreshments provided. Suitable for all ages.
Museum of Croydon Activity Room | Saturday 1 June | 11.00 – 2.00pm

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CROYDON LIBRARIES – Under 5’s

 U5s
 Croydon
 Libraries   Under Fives Events
During the school holidays event times may vary. Please contact your local branch.

 LIBRARY                                            Monday              Tuesday
                                                    Toddler Time        Rhymetime
                                                    Monthly             11-11.30am
 Ashburton Library
                                                    11am-12noon

                                                                        Crafternoon
 Bradmore Green Library                                                 3.15-4.15pm

 Broad Green Library
                                                    Storytime
 Central Library                                    10-10.30am

                                                                        Rhymetime
                                                                        10-10.30am
 Coulsdon Library

 New Addington Library

 Norbury Library
                                                                        Rhymetime
                                                                        10.30-11am
 Purley Library                                                         Storytime
                                                                        11-11.15am

 Sanderstead Library

                                                                        Storytime
 Selsdon Library                                                        10.30-11am

                                                    Book Buddies
 Shirley Library                                    4-4.45pm
                                                    Rhymetime
 South Norwood Library                              10.15-10.45am
                                                    11-11.30am
                                                                        Rhymetime
 Thornton Heath Library                                                 11–11.30am

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Wednesday      Thursday               Friday                   Saturday
               Rhymetime & Crafts
               10.30-11.30am
               Book Buddies
               4-4.30pm
Storytime                             Rhymetime
2.15-2.45pm                           11-11.30am

                                      Rhymetime                Colouring time
                                      10-10.30am               11-12noon
Rhymetime      Rhymetime                                       Rhymetime
11-11.30am     10.30-11am                                      11-11.30am
               11.30am–12noon
               Rhymetime              Craftytime               Rhymetime
               11-11.30am             3.30-4.30pm              10-10.30am
                                                               Storytime
                                                               3-4pm
Rhymetime      Storytime
11-11.30am     11-11.30am
               Rhymetime              Rhymetime                Storytime
               10.30-11am             11-11.30am               11-11.30am
                                                               Rhymetime
                                                               10.30-11am
                                                               Storytime
                                                               11-11.30am

Rhymetime                             Storytime
10-10.30am                            3.30–4pm
& 11–11.30am
                                      Rhymetime                Rhymetime
                                      10.30-11am               10.30-11am

                                      Rhymetime
                                      10-10.30am
Rhymetime                             Rhymetime                Storytime
11–11.30                              2-2.30pm                 11-11.30am

                                                               Rhymetime
                                                               11-11.30am

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CROYDON LIBRARIES – Under 5s

                     Littlecrowns Storyhouse
                     Littlecrowns Storyhouse invites you to celebrate the Easter holiday
                     with us and experience the magic of puppet theatre. Come on
                     down, have fun, and make some new friends at our interactive
                     puppets show. We hope you can make it and can’t wait to see you
                     at the Storyhouse
     Free, no booking required. Suitable for families with young children.
  Saturday 6 April
     Selsdon Library | 11.30am
     Purley Library | 2.00pm
  Saturday 8 June – Celebrate the 50th
  anniversary of the children’s classic the
  Very Hungry Caterpillar with Littlecrowns
  Storyhouse’
     Ashburton Library | 11am

                     Elmer Day celebrate his
                     30th Birthday
                        elebrate the 30th birthday of
                        C
                        Elmer, everyone’s favourite
                        patchwork elephant! Join in
                        with stories, crafts and fun at
                        one of our libraries!

      Ashburton          Thursday 23 May         4.00-4.45pm            For under 7s
                         Saturday 25 May         9.00am-5.00pm          Family drop in
      Broad Green        Saturday 25 May         9.00am-5.00pm          Family drop in
                         Tuesday 28 May          3.30-5.00pm            Family drop in
      New Addington      Saturday 25 May         11.00am-12noon         For children 4+
      Norbury            Saturday 25 May         11.00am-12noon         For under 7s
      Sanderstead        Saturday 25 May         10.00am -11am          For under 7s

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50th Anniversary of the Very Hungry Caterpillar
This all-time children’s favourite picture books turns 50 this year. Join in this special
anniversary and take part our events.

    Ashburton         Thursday 23 May        4.00-4.45pm         For under 7s

    Broad Green       Monday 3 June          4.30-5.00pm         For children 5+

                      Tuesday 4 June         4.30-5.00pm         For children 5+

    Norbury           Saturday 1 June        11.00am-12noon      For under 7s

Pyjamarama
Just wake up, roll out of bed and join us for
a magical day in pyjamas! Our libraries will
be celebrating BookTrust Pyjamarama, a new
campaign to help all children experience the
joy and wonder of bedtime stories. Check
your local library for what’s on.

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CROYDON LIBRARIES – Children 5-11

                     Children’s Easter Holiday Crafts
                     Pop along to our themed children’s crafts activities.
                     There are also regular craft events for children at a library
                     near you – check out our website.
                     Free, no booking required.

      Ashburton             Tuesday 16 April         2.30-3.30pm        For children 7+
                            Thursday 18 April        4.00-4.45pm        For under 7s
      Bradmore Green        Monday 8 April to        10.00am-4.30pm     For families
                            Saturday 20 April        (12.30-4.30pm
                                                     on Fridays)

      Broad Green           Tuesday 16 April         3.30-5.00pm        All ages
                            Tuesday 23 April         3.30-5.00pm        All ages
      New Addington         Wednesday 10 April       2.00-3.00pm        For children 4+
                            Thursday 18 April        2.00-3.00pm        For children 4+
      Sanderstead           Tuesday 17 April         All day drop in    For families
                            Tuesday 20 April         All day drop in    For families
      Selsdon               Thursday 11 April        3.30-4.30pm        For families
                            Thursday 18 April        3.30-4.30pm        For families
      Shirley               Tuesday 9 April          2.30-4.30pm        For children 4+
      Thornton Heath        Monday 8 April           10.30-11.30        For children 4+
                            Monday 15 April          2.00-3.00          For children 4+

  * Advance booking required.

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CROYDON LIBRARIES – Children 5-11

                  Telling the Time
                  Join Explore Learning for a Telling the Time workshop.
                     Free, advance booking required. Suitable for children aged 5-7
                     Coulsdon Library    C Thursday 11 April 10.30am-11.30am.
                  Please contact coulsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

Put a spring in your step!
Join Explore Learning to gain further comprehension knowledge in this
spring-themed workshop. Understand the meaning of words through context
clues and inferences.
   Free, advance booking required. Suitable for children aged 7-9
   Coulsdon Library    C Thursday 11 April 12noon-1.00pm
Please contact coulsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

Handwriting Zoo
Join Explore Learning for a day at the zoo. We will visit all the animals from the lions
to the zebras, to support you with letter formation, helping you to become fearless
learners of the future.
   Free, advance booking required. For children aged 4-6
   Selsdon Library      C Monday 15 April 2.00-3.00pm
Please contact selsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

A Chance to Change the World – Writing Competition
Come along to this workshop to help plan your entry for the Explore
Learning Writers’ Awards.
  Free, advance booking required. For children aged 4-14
  New Addington Library      C Tuesday 16 April 3.00-4.00pm
Please contact newaddingtonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

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CROYDON LIBRARIES – Children 5-11

                     Angular Architecture
                   Join Explore Learning as we become architects and identify areas
                   and angles of shapes. We will have you on your way to becoming
                   an angle architect in no time, helping you to become fearless
                   learners of the future.
                      Free, advance booking required. For children aged 7-9
     Selsdon Library C Monday 15 April 4.00-5.00pm
  Please contact selsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

  Superhero Shapes Workshop
  Superhero fun with Explore Learning, find out all about shapes and build your
  own superhero! Learn the key characteristics of 2D and 3D shapes helping you to
  become fearless learners of the future.
    Free, advance booking required. For children aged 4-6
    Purley Library C Thursday 18 April 2.30-3.30pm
  Please contact purleylibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

  Piece of Cake
  Join Explore Learning for a fun day at the maths bakery, as we divide up some tasty
  treats to help master fractions and decimals.
     Free, advance booking required. Suitable for children aged 9-11
     Coulsdon Library C Thursday 30 May 10.30-11.30am
  Please contact coulsdonlibary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

  Learn basic British Sign Language
  Learn how to introduce yourself with basic BSL
     Free, advance booking required. For families
  with children aged 7+
     Thornton Heath Library
  C Friday 31 May 2.00-3.00pm
  Please contact thorntonheathlibrary@croydon.
  gov.uk to book.

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an award-winning concert series
    from London Mozart Players
CROYDON LIBRARIES – Families

                      Tiana Eat Up by Akitoye Sunday
        F
     Croydon
                      A book reading and
                      question time with local
     Libraries        author Akitoye Sunday.
                      Tiana is a little girl who
                      loves food. When she
  is presented with something unfamiliar,
  Tiana has to make a decision. Wills he
  consider the change or dismiss it?
      Free, no advance booking required.
       Family drop in
     Central Children’s Library

  C F riday 12 April 12noon-2.00pm

  Puthandu Tamil New Year Celebrations
  Celebrate Tamil New Year with us!
    Free, no booking required. For families
    Broad Green Library C M  onday 15 April 10.30 – 11.30am

  Museum of Croydon
  Family events at the Museum of Croydon, every Saturday from 11am-4pm and
  Wednesday and Thursday in school holidays. See www.museumofcroydon.com
  follow us on Twitter and Instagram @museumofcroydon or email museum@
  croydon.gov.uk for more information.

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                  Join our club
     F
  Croydon
                  CREST Club
  Libraries
                Join our club and CREST club entries to be put at the top of the next
                page. Free, no booking required. Suitable for children aged 5-11.
                   Central Library C Monday 8 April 2.30-4.00pm
  Ashburton Library C Tuesday 9 April 10.30am-12noon

Code Club
Code Clubs provide the opportunity to learn Scratch, HTML & CSS, and Python by
making games, animations, and websites with support from knowledgeable volunteers.
Ideal for ages 9 to 13 who build and share their ideas, learning along the way.
   Free. Please go to the Code Club to book a place: www.codeclub.org.uk
   Central Children’s Library C E  very Saturday 9.30-10.30am
   Ashburton Library            C Every Saturday 11.30am-12.30pm

LEGO Club
Build, code and learn! Children will be introduced to the fun and interactive LEGO
education programmes, WeDo and Storystarter. Using LEGO Education children
can stretch their imagination and boost their literacy and numeracy skills, as
well as develop their understanding of computing and design technology.
   Free, advance booking required. Suitable children aged 8-12
   Central Children’s Library C Fridays 4.30-5.30, 12 & 26 April,
                                13 & 17 May, 7 &21 June
Please contact croydoncentrallibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book
   Bradmore Green Library C Every Monday 4.00-5.00pm
Please contact bradmoregreenlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.
   Coulsdon Library C Alternate Mondays and Tuesdays 4.00-5.00pm
Please contact coulsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

Manga
Take part in reading Manga Graphic Novels, Anime, Soundtracks, Creative Drawing,
Nintendo 3DS & Switch Gameplay, explore Japanese Culture and Competitions.
   Free, advance booking required. For ages 9-14
   Croydon Central Library C Saturday’s 13, April, 11 May & 15 June 3.00-4.00pm
Please contact croydoncentrallibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.
   Purley Library C Saturday 27 April 2.00-4.00pm C 4 May & 22 June 2.00-4.00pm
Please contact purleylibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

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CROYDON LIBRARIES – Teens

                    Coping with Exam Stress
                    Free information and useful tips from Off the Record on how to
                    survive exam stress. Come along and get ideas of ways to tackle
                    exam stress and other worries.
                       Free, no booking required. For young people aged 14+
    Thornton Heath Library       CM
                                   onday 8 April 11.00am-4.00pm
                                 C
                                  Saturday 11 May 11.00am-4.00pm
    Central Library              CM
                                   onday 15 April 11.00am-4.00pm
                                 C
                                  Saturday 15 May 11.00am-4.00pm

 OASIS Drop-in
 OASIS is an NHS mental health service for young people and adults - offering
 emotional, practical and therapeutic support to people who are distressed by
 unusual experiences like hearing voices or feeling paranoid. We will be offering
 tips on how to take care of yourself – and there will be some interactive games
 for everyone to play too. For anyone concerned about their wellbeing, we’ll be
 available to talk to you in confidence.
    Free, no booking required. For teens and adults.
    Thornton Heath Library C T   uesday 12 May 11.30am-1.30pm

 Take a Chance!
 Join Explore Learning to delve into probability. There’ll be a variety of scenarios in
 which we’ll work out the likelihood of different outcomes!
    Free, advance booking required. Suitable for young people aged 11-14
   Coulsdon Library C T    hursday 30 May 12noon-1.00pm.
 Please contact coulsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

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CROYDON LIBRARIES – Adults

                  May Highlight
                  Cityread London 2019
                   Cityread returns for its eighth annual festival, turning the capital
                   – and some spots further afield! – into one massive, interactive
                   book group, with Ayisha Malik’s Sofia Khan is Not Obliged as the
city’s collective page-turner for May The month-long celebration of reading will
help Londoners discover and celebrate their city through its stories.

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged -
Author Event
Croydon Libraries is pleased to welcome this year’s
Cityread London author, Ayisha Malik. Billed as the
Muslim Bridget Jones, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged
is the hilarious romantic comedy from the writer
behind Nadiya Hussain’s bestselling The Secret
Lives of the Amir Sisters. Sofia Khan is single once
more, after her sort-of-boyfriend proves just a little
too close to his parents. And she’d be happy that
way too, if her boss hadn’t asked her to write a
book about the weird and wonderful world of Muslim dating. Of course, even
though she definitely isn’t looking for love, to write the book she does need to
do a little research…
  Free, advance booking required. For adults
  Ashburton Library     C Friday 10 May 6.00-7.00pm
Please contact ashburtonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

Date Yourself Workshop with Marzana Rahman
This workshop is focused on developing a healthy
relationship with oneself. Enhance your self
awareness, explore passions and talents, discuss
what happiness means. Learn more about using
self-knowlededge to establish a ‘happy life’.
   Free, advance booking required. For adults
Croydon Central Library C Thursday 2 May 6pm

Please contact croydoncentrallibrary@croydon.
gov.uk to book.

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                     A London Romance with Nick Dobson
                  Off we go on a tour of some of the most romantic spots
                  across London! We will be visiting beauty spots, taking in
                  breath-taking views and investigating the fascinating and
                  sometimes surprising histories behind them. As part of this
                  lavishly illustrated talk, we will also be making our virtual
  journey using some amazingly romantic modes of transport!’
     Free, advance booking required. For adults
  C Saturday 18 May
     Bradmore Green Library       C 11.00am-12noon
     Croydon Central Library      C 3.15-4.15pm
  Please contact bradmoregreenlibrary@croydon.gov.uk and
  croydoncentrallibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

  Moods of London: through the diarists’ eyes
  Over the centuries, diarists have chronicled London in both triumph and
  disaster, recording the great events and the everyday. They have captured
  the City in all its aspects and all its moods. Nick Dobson will take an illustrated
  look at various moods of London as seen through the eyes of diarists, both
  the famous and the hitherto unknown.
     Free, advance booking required. For adults
     Coulsdon Library      C Friday 3 May 10.30-11.30am.
  Please contact coulsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

  Sport and Scandal at Sheffield
  Join local historian Roger Packham as he delves into the fascinating life of
  Lord Sheffield. A larger than life character who inherited Sheffield Park in the
  1870s and staged major sporting events in the grounds. Find out about the
  scandal surrounding Lord Sheffield, from his adoption of a Vicar’s daughter
  40 years his junior and a Jack the Ripper letter which led to the closure of
  the park to the public!
     Free, advance booking required. For adults
     Ashburton Library      C Monday 1 April 11.00am-12noon
  Please contact ashburtonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book

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                 Local Birds of Croydon
                 John Birkett, from the Croydon branch of the RSPB, will talk
                 about local birds, including garden birds, but also additional
                 species that are seen in open spaces.
                    Free, advance booking required. For adults
  Bradmore Green Library
C Monday 1 April 10.30-11.30am
  Shirley Library
C Tuesday 23 April 2.15-3.15pm
Please contact bradmoregreenlibrary@croydon.gov.uk
or shirleylibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

The Highway and the Byways of Norbury
Join local historian David Clark for his popular illustrated talks on Norbury’s past.
  Free, advanced booking required. For adults
  Norbury Library    C Saturday 6 April 11.00am-12noon
Please contact norburylibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

Guitar and Mandolin Session
Join Janet Ambrose for a taster session on the guitar or mandolin. Please bring
your own tuned instrument. Suitable for those who have some experience.
  Free, advance booking required. For adults
  Ashburton Library    C Saturday 13 April 11.00am-12noon
Please contact ashburtonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

Celebrate World Book Night
World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place
on 23 April every year.
For more information please see www.worldbooknight.org

Healthier Lifestyles Hubs
Have a chat, a healthy snack, a health check and some exercise. Sessions include
weight management, healthy eating advice, blood pressure monitoring and an
exercise taster. Why not bring a friend? Run by Age UK.
  Free, no booking required. For adults 50+
  Norbury Library    C 25 April, 30 May & 27 June 1.30 – 3.30pm

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                     Mindfulness
                    Sue Bolton, BSc MSc, will teach you skills to be calmer and less
                    stressed, happier and healthier and more energised. Sue is an
                    experienced mindfulness trainer who has practised mindfulness
                    for over 20 years. She
                    teaches in schools,
  libraries, GP practices and workplaces.
  “I re-grounded myself and have a quiet
  and settled mind” - Workshop participant.
    Free, advance booking required.
  For adults.
     Coulsdon Library
  C Thursday 25 April 2.00-3.00pm
  Please contact coulsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book

  Rainbow Reading Group
  The Rainbow reading group is an LGBT Reading Group, organised by Croydon
  Area Gay Society (CAGS) in conjunction with Croydon Central Library, and meets
  on the last Thursday of the month. Anyone interested in exploring LGBT
  literature is welcomed to attend. For further details please visit
  www.rainbowreadinggroup.org.uk
     Croydon Central Library
  God in Pink by Hasan Namir        C Thursday 25 April
  2.30pm
  My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding
  C Thursday 30 May 2.30pm
  Speak no Evil – Uzodinma Iwela
  C Thursday 27 June 2.30pm

  Amy Johnson and Croydon Airport
  Peter Skinner from the Croydon Airport Society will be presenting this fully
  illustrated talk on Amy Johnson, her life and achievements. Peter will tell us about
  her mysterious loss in 1941, whilst delivering an Airspeed Oxford Aeroplane while
  she was serving with the Transport Auxiliary.
  Free, advance booking required. For adults
     Ashburton Library     C Monday 13 May 11.00am-12noon
  Please contact ashburtonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

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CROYDON
                                                             CROYDON
                                                                  LIBRARIES
                                                                     LIBRARIES
                                                                            – Adults
                                                                               – All

                 Wildlife of the River Wandle
                  To celebrate Local and Community
                  History Month, Derek Coleman will
                  present an illustrated talk showing that
                  the Wandle Valley boasts a number of
                  habitats for flora, fauna and wildlife.
These include the river itself, river banks and margins,
wetlands, grasslands, woodland and more traditional
horticultural park landscapes.
  Free advance booking required. For adults.
  Bradmore Green Library
C Monday 13 May 10.30-11.30am
Please contact bradmoregreenlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

Dementia Information Session
Come to this session to learn the five key messages about dementia that you
should know and be part of the UK’s biggest ever initiative to change the way
people think and talk about dementia. Delivered by Community Development
Worker Anna D’Agostina.
  Free, drop-in. For adults
  South Norwood Library       C Wednesday 15 May 11.00am-12noon

Dorset Buttons
Join the Ashburton Knitters and try your
hand at making a traditional Dorset button.
All materials provided.
  Free, advance booking required.
For adults
  Ashburton Library
C Friday 17 May 10.00-11.30am
Please contact ashburtonlibrary@croydon.
gov.uk to book

Are We Ready – Dying Maters Week
As part of Dying Matters Week, this session advice and support offers an
opportunity to talk about issues surrounding dying, death and bereavement.
Delivered by Lilette Denton an End of Life Doula member.
  Free, drop-in. For adults
  Thornton Heath Library      C Friday 17 May 12.30-2.00pm

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                     Croydon Undiscovered
                     Join Lindsay Ould, Museum and Archive Manager to discover the
                     history of the borough through the eyes of its record keepers.
                        Free, advance booking required. For adults
                        Shirley Library    C Tuesday 21 May 2.15-3.15pm
  Please contact shirleylibrary@Croydon.gov.uk to book.

  Researching Local and Family History
  Paul Sandford, Bourne Society member, will give an illustrated talk on researching
  your family history, including Paul will discuss the effective use of archives and
  online resources.
     Free, advance booking required. For adults
     Bradmore Green Library       C Monday 3 June 10.30-11.30am
  Please contact bradmoregreenlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book.

  Tower Bridge: its design and build
  Alan Holbrow, former Senior Technical Officer
  at Tower Bridge, talks about the design, build
  and the first 100 years. He was responsible to the
  Bridge Master for the day to day maintenance and
  operating of the bridge.
     Free, advance booking required. For adults
    Coulsdon Library
  C Friday 7 June 10.30-11.30am
  Please contact coulsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk
  to book.

  Play the Guitar Jam and Sing Session
  If you know a few chords then join us for a jam and a sing-song to celebrate the
  Festival of Learning 2019.
     Free, no booking required.
     New Addington Library       C Wednesday 10 June 2.00-2.45pm

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Alice in Wonderland and her Lost Boys –
                    from Oxford and the rabbit hole to the
                    Somme and beyond.
                   Join historian Marietta Crichton Stuart for
                   the story of Alice Liddell, the inspiration
                   for Lewis Carroll’s story ‘Alice’s Adventures
Underground’; with tales of a royal romance, marriage and
the loss of two sons in the Great War and life in a changed
world. This talk is not to be missed!
  Free, advance booking required. For adults
  Ashburton Library     C Monday 17 June 11.00am-12noon
Please contact ashburtonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book

Great Get Together Coffee Morning
Communities up and down the country will be getting together to celebrate
love and kindness, respect and all we have in
common. Inspired by the late Jo Cox MP, please
come and join us for a cuppa and some cake.
This event is open to all!
  Free, no booking required. For adults
  Coulsdon Library
C Friday 21 June 10.30-11.30am

Battle of Tsushima
Join Michael Round in this fascinating talk about the Russo-Japanese war.
  Free, advance booking required. For adults
  Shirley Library    C Tuesday 25 June 2.15-3.15pm
Please contact shirleylibrary@croydon.gov.uk to book
CROYDON LIBRARIES – Online Resources

Croydon Libraries Online Resources

Croydon Libraries off a range of free online resources to library members. Most
of the resources can be accessed from home with your library card and pin. Visit
www.croydon.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/online-library/247-online-services

BorrowBox e-library
24/7 access to e-books and e-audio books. You can borrow books by
using the digital library even when your local library is closed.

RBDigital Magazines
Full digital versions of your favourite magazines and comics to read
online. Available from home and on many mobile devices.

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Three ways to access a world of information:
Britannica Junior – for those aged 5-10
Britannica Student – for those aged 10-14
Encyclopaedia Britannica – for those aged 14+

Theory Test Pro
A highly realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory test.
It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception
video clips and an online version of the Highway Code.

Ancestry UK
Major family history resource including UK & Ireland Census
collections 1841-1901, plus birth, marriage and death records
...and much more. Only available in the libraries.

Ziptales
Ziptales is a fun on-line resource that uses stories, quizzes
and games to make reading a pleasure for children.

Oxford Online
This resource brings together language and subject
reference works from one of the world’s biggest reference
publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. Also
includes the Oxford English Dictionary.

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CROYDON LIBRARIES – Online Resources

Who’s Who
The definitive directory of everyone who’s anyone in Britain,
and beyond, today.

Law & Rights
Updated daily, Law & Rights is a complete legal resource
for anyone with a question about housing, employment,
or consumer rights.

Law & Business
Summarises information relating to starting, growing
and operating a business in the UK; including funding,
business support and regulation information.

COBRA
A comprehensive and continually updated online reference
resource for anyone looking to start a business, write a
business or marketing plan, or conduct research into a new
market. COBRA provides critical business facts, compliance and trading details
covering hundreds of the most common small business trades, sectors
and professions.

Life in Great Britain
Prepare for your Citizenship test with this free study resource
or just browse for help with your school or college work.

The British Way of Life
A comprehensive resource containing all the basic facts and
information needed to help new arrivals understand, and
succeed in, British life.

Universal Skills
Universal skills is a guide to help with Universal Job Match
and Universal Credit. It includes information on job hunting
and CVs/covering letters to interviews and starting work. There
is also help with improving basic IT skills.

PressReader
Access thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the
world in many languages. Read the latest complete editions of the
newspapers as they are published. Create an account using your
library card and email address, start reading today.

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Libraries & Contact details
Central Library                             Purley Library
Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET           Banstead Road, Purley CR8 3YH
[ 020 3700 1034 or 020 3700 1038            [ 020 3700 1013
/ croydoncentrallibrary@croydon.gov.uk      / purleylibrary@croydon.gov.uk

Ashburton Library                           Sanderstead Library
Shirley Road, Croydon CR9 7AL               Farm Fields, South Croydon CR2 0HL
[ 020 3700 1001                             [ 020 3700 1015
/ ashburtonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk           / sandersteadlibrary@croydon.gov.uk

Bradmore Green Library                      Selsdon Library
Bradmore Way, Old Coulsdon CR5 1PE          Addington Road, Selsdon CR2 8LA
[ 020 3700 1003                             [ 020 3700 1017
/ bradmoregreenlibrary@croydon.gov.uk       / selsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk

Broad Green Library                         Shirley Library
89 Canterbury Road, Croydon CR0 3HH         Wickham Road/Hartland Way, Shirley,
[ 020 3700 1005                             Croydon CR0 8BH
/ broadgreenlibrary@croydon.gov.uk          [ 020 3700 1019
                                            / shirleylibrary@croydon.gov.uk
Coulsdon Library
Brighton Road, Coulsdon CR5 2NH             South Norwood Library
[ 020 3700 1007                             Lawrence Road,
/ coulsdonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk            South Norwood SE25 5AA
                                            [ 020 3700 1021
New Addington Library                       / southnorwoodlibrary@croydon.gov.uk
New Addington Centre, 61 Central Parade,
New Addington CR0 0JD                       Thornton Heath Library
[ 020 3700 1009                             190 Brigstock Road,
/ newaddingtonlibrary@croydon.gov.uk        Thornton Heath CR7 7JB
                                            [ 020 3700 1023
Norbury Library                             / thorntonheathlibrary@croydon.gov.uk
Beatrice Avenue, Norbury SW16 4UW
[ 020 3700 1011
/ norburylibrary@croydon.gov.uk

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