Author event for expecting parents

On Saturday 25th November, Jackie Kietz, author of I’m Expecting a Baby will be at the Library Hub to talk about her book and host a relaxed meet-up and chat about labour and birth. She will help expectant parents think about what makes for a positive birth experience and get an understanding of what can help and hinder this. You can ask questions about labour and birth and be in with a chance to win a FREE copy of the book.

To find out why the book was written and how it can help you on your positive birth journey email Jackie at to book your place (booking is essential).

All attendees will receive a complimentary Relaxation, Breathing & Positive Affirmations MP3 and special discounts on maternity reflexology and hypnobirthing courses. Plus you will be automatically entered in the draw to win a copy of the book.

Where: Upper Norwood Library Hub
When: Saturday 25th November 11.30am-12.30pm

Homework Club for 8-12 year olds

We have a FREE after school Homework Club every Wednesday and Thursday at the Upper Norwood Library Hub, 3:45-5:45pm. The club is most suitable for children aged 8-12 and we provide:

PC access with wifi;
Friendly volunteers to offer assistance and support;
A mix of academics and fun;
Fun Maths, English and science activities to support learning;
A friendly, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Want to learn English?

Upper Norwood Library Hub are running ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses for those who want to learn or improve their English. The sessions offer a friendly and warm environment in which to learn English, make friends and gain employment skills. For more information about the courses and how you can join just pop into the library hub.

Dementia Cafe at the library hub

We are pleased to be hosting a regular Dementia Cafe at the Library Hub thanks to Right at Home Mitcham, Streatham and Dulwich. The Waterlily Cafe as it is known, is a support group for people living with Dementia and their carers. It is a free drop-in coffee morning which includes information, advice, activities and of course cake. Upcoming dates are:

Tuesday 21st November 2017 10am-12pm
Tuesday 12th December 2017 10am-12pm

Stories in Textile

During November the Library Hub will be host to community art workshops for seniors, run by visual artist Gloria Ojulari Sule

Join the artist to work with West African textiles “fancy” and “Dutch wax” prints that are closely associated with traditional West African cultural costume, to create artworks that tell stories and make links to journeys of culture and identity. You will use cutting, drawing and gluing to make our colourful artworks. The class will be therapeutic, fun and participant lead the artist bringing the materials, inspirational ideas and inspiration.

Gloria will be at the library hub on Thursday 9th November 1pm-5pm for a chance to meet the artist and see the types of work you can create. There will then be two sessions in November giving you the chance to create your own art. Keep an eye on our website and posters in the library hub for more information.

Christmas at the Library Hub

It may feel a bit early to be thinking about Christmas but with only 52 days to go we have started to plan some exciting festive events at the library hub.

We will be hosting a Christmas Market at the library hub on Sunday 3rd November and we are looking for stallholders. If you are interested in hosting a stall at our market then please contact Chris for more information.

We have two exciting children’s Christmas parties at the Library Hub. We have a party for children aged 1-4 on Friday 8th December:

And on Saturday 9th December we have a fantastic fun day AND Christmas party for children aged 5-11:

Both events promise to be fantastic fun and include activities, disco, food and a special visit and gift from Father Christmas himself. Further details and booking via the events page on our website

What’s On at the Library Hub

There is lots going on this November at the library hub.

Mondays 7:30pm (doors 7:15pm) – 8:30pm
Ballet Fit for adults
Balletfit is a group exercise programme, based on classical ballet, yoga and mat pilates. Please contact for registration.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10:30am – 11am
Wriggle and Rhyme
Storytime with nursery songs and rhymes for the under 5s and their parents/carers. Free.

Tuesday 21st November 10am – 12pm
The Waterlily Dementia Cafe
A support group (with tea, coffee and cake) for people with dementia and their carers. Drop-in. Free.

Wednesdays 11:00am – 11:45am (toddlers) and 4:15pm – 5:15pm (5 years +)
Yoga Games and Art
Fun classes combining yoga, movement, mindfulness and arts & crafts. Toddler class 1.5 years-4 years old and mini yogis 5-12 years. Booking required

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 18th October, 3:45pm-5:45pm
Homework Club
A free after school homework club at the Upper Norwood Library Hub on Wednesday and Thursdays. These clubs are a friendly, fun and supportive learning environment and are most suitable for children aged 8-12. Free.

Wednesdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Life Drawing
Tutored drop-in classes open to all skill levels from total beginner to experienced artist. Practice the process of drawing from the model in a friendly relaxed group studio-based atmosphere. £20 for 2 hours / concessions available and discounts for block bookings. Advance booking recommended but not required.

Wednesdays 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Swing Patrol
The Upper Norwood Library Hub is the home of Swing Patrol in Crystal Palace – come and join in the fun

Thursdays 6pm – 7pm and 7pm – 8pm
Yoga (adults class)
Suitable for all levels. Classes run by Barefoot Yoga London. £12. Booking not required.

Fridays 10:30am – 12:00pm and Saturdays 2pm-3:30pm
Crafty Stories
Themed craft session followed by storytelling. A new book is explored each week. Recommended ages: 18 months – 8 years. £10 per child.

Saturdays 10am – 11am
Sing and Sign
The phenomenon everyone is talking about… Help your baby to “talk” to you before speech. It’s EASY and GREAT FUN. Booking advisable. Email Tricia Cummings

Saturdays 11:00am – 11:30am
Ballet for children aged 3-6
We will skip, jump, hop, learn rhymes and songs, have lots of fun and discover our first dance steps! This class is the perfect option for young children’s very first adventure with dance! £35 for half term (equals £7 per class). £5 Taster (for those who haven’t attended free taster event). Please contact for registration

Saturdays 11:30am – 12pm
Ballet for children aged 7-11
The session contains technique class followed by learning a routine. This class will let your child develop musically, coordination, memory and great posture alongside having fun and interacting with others! During the term we will be working on our final sharing piece and we are already looking forward to inviting all the parents! £35 for half term (equals £7 per class). £5 Taster (for those who haven’t attended free taster event). Please contact for registration.

Saturday 18th November, 1:30pm – 5pm
Games Club
Come and join us for a family games session. From role-playing to table top board games. Free, fortnightly.

Saturday 25th November, 10:30am-11:30am
Relax, Make, Create
Design, stencil and paint personalised tote bags. Everything included, join our calm creative environment. Open to all 7-11 years old. £10. To book a space or register

Saturday 25th November 11:30am – 12:30pm
Meet the Author – Jackie Kietz
Jackie Kietz, author of I’m Expecting a Baby will be at the Library Hub to talk about her book and host a relaxed meet-up and chat about labour and birth. Free. Booking essential via email

Please visit our website or contact for further information on any of the above activities.


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