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Library Consultation 

Our library service in Croydon means so much to our residents.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views and ideas for the service. Your feedback has helped us work through all of the options available to achieve the savings needed for 2022/23, while maintaining a statutory library service.
The three options are: 

  • reduce service hours by 21% across the borough
  • outsource all libraries
  • hybrid – reduction in service hours (2 days per week) to 8 libraries and 5 community run libraries. 

The Library Consultation closed on 26 July.  The options were discussed at cabinet on Monday 16 August at 6.30pm

Digital library

Our digital library remains open 24/7 providing access to thousands of books, magazines and newspapers. All this is available for free to library members with a library card. If you're not a library member you can join instantly online.

Rhymetimes

The following libraries have now reintroduced library rhymetimes Ashburton, Bradmore Green, Croydon Central, Norbury, Selsdon, Shirley, South Norwood and Thornton Heath libraries.  Advanced booking is required.  Please phone, email or drop into your local library to find out days, times and to book
 

Black History Month Events

White Board, Black Pieces: Race in the West with Tunji Joseph

Saturday 23 October, 1pm at Norbury Library

Tunji Joseph, is a classically trained actor, writer, director and producer and author of the play "White Board, Black Pieces: Race in the West."  Tunji breaks down what it is to be black in the western world : Is it a joyful experience or is it one of pain, suffering and confusion?  This event includes a 5 minutes performance of the play with Q&As.  

There will be an opportunity to purchase the play and get it signed on the day. Suitable for adults.
Tickets to be booked in advance, please phone or email Norbury Library on 020 7884 5215 or at norburylibrary@croydon.gov.uk

Tiana Eat Up with Toye Sunday

Thursday 28 October, 11am at Norbury Library

Join local children's author Akitoye Sunday reading from her wonderful story 'Tiana Eat Up’ Tiana loves food. She has her favourite dishes and enjoys watching her grandma cook. But one day she is presented with an unfamiliar dish, which causes her to decide.  This is a brilliant cultural book - perfect stimulus for talking to children about sharing their fears and their relationship with food.
There will be an opportunity to purchase the book on the day.  Suitable for children under 5.  
Tickets to be booked in advance, please phone or email Norbury Library on 020 7884 5215 or at norburylibrary@croydon.gov.uk

Museum of Croydon

Museum of Croydon has produced a BHM learning pack, which includes information on English composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Stormzy and Sislin Fay Allen, Britain’s first black female police officer.

Research Room and Archive service

Following guidance from our Health and Safety and Public Health teams, we are delighted to announce that the Archives Research Room, now under the management of Croydon Libraries, will re-open by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 May 2021.

Initially, appointments will be available from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm. You can book an appointment by emailing archives@croydon.gov.uk, providing details of the items you wish to view and preferences for day and time of an appointment.

We will continue to answer remote enquiries and work more closely with our Libraries colleagues in an integrated way to find new ways of sharing our collections with our residents

Start-ups In London Libraries (SiLL)

Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL)* is a British Library programme run via Croydon Libraries, that offers free support to new businesses and those thinking of starting a business. 1:1 business information sessions are available online for any interested start-up who needs support developing their business idea.  SiLL also offer online workshops specifically for start-ups, covering everything from marketing to registering your business. To find out more email sill@croydon.gov.uk 

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