UPPER NORWOOD LIBRARY HUB: WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH – Library of Things starts lending April 21st  

The last month has been a busy one. We’ve enjoyed the picturesque snow-covered Crystal Palace, signed up some great new classes to run at the library, and really cracked on with plans for the Crystal Palace Library of Things. More exciting news on that below…

New Groups and Classes
We’ve recently added T’ai Chi, Shared Reading, Positive Birth Movement, and another Mindfulness group to our already jam-packed calendar of great classes. See the full calendar below for more details.

Crystal Palace Library of Things
Last year, we teamed up with Crystal Palace Transition Town and Library of Things and successfully crowdfunded to build a Library of Things within the Upper Norwood Library Hub. The Crystal Palace Library of Things will be a place where you can borrow useful Things, like drills, gazebos and carpet cleaners at affordable prices, and learn how to use them. Sign up to the CPLoT newsletter here to keep up to date with the project. We’re now thrilled to announce that the first day of borrowing will be Saturday 21st April. Until then, if you’ve got a spare minute, watch the video below for an idea of what to expect!
Latest volunteering opportunities at the Library Hub

Could you become an Energy Champion? We’re part of the Big Energy Saving Network and offer sessions providing energy efficiency advice and help with finding the best energy deals. We’d love to train some volunteers to become Energy Champions, helping people to make savings on their fuel bills, find the best deal for them and assist with fuel switching.

Are you computer savvy? Did you know that we run digital inclusion classes at the library hub? And we would really like some computer literate volunteers to help us run these classes. You don’t need to be an expert, just be comfortable around PCs, the internet and Microsoft Office software and able to support less confident users.

ConnectingU service: We are always looking for volunteers for our home visiting service, dedicated to reducing the effects of loneliness and isolation in our communities. It’s a very active service and are open to support in a number of areas, particularly administrative support and service promotion. If you have skills that you think would be of use within the ConnectingU service, then please get in touch.

Reading Support for our ESOL Learners: Our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes are popular and BOLD we would very much like to have more volunteers supporting our adult learners. Alongside their structured learning, we like to match them with a volunteer that can support them with conversation and reading.

Have you got a skill you could share with us? We’re always on the lookout for new community activities and groups we can form at the library hub and we’d love to hear from you if you’ve got a skill you can share.

As usual, if you have any information or feedback on this newsletter, or want to get in contact about any of the projects, opportunities or events you see here, let us know by emailing info@unlt.org, calling 0208 670 4389 or dropping in for a chat.

What’s On at the Library Hub

Mondays 7pm – 8pm
Zumba
There are a lot of ways to lose weight, some are just more fun! Join the ultimate dance-fitness party that beats a boring old workout any day. Contact Jenny on 07985 274 407 for further information. £6 per class.

Mondays 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Ballet Fit for Adults
Balletfit is a group exercise programme, based on classical ballet, yoga and mat pilates. Contact aniasdance@gmail.com for further information.

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 20th March 10:30am – 11:30am
Digital Inclusion
Free, friendly computer and internet classes for complete beginners. Open to all.

Tuesday 27th March 7:30am – 11:30am
Business Bagel
A monthly breakfast networking meeting for local businesses and tradespeople to meet up, showcase their services and make new connections. Book here.

Tuesdays 4pm – 6pm and Saturdays 10am – 1:30pm
IMTuition
Excellent tuition services for 8 to 18 year olds. Please contact investingmindstuition@gmail.com to register your interest.

Tuesdays 11am – 1pm and 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 for more info.

Wednesdays 10:30am – 12pm
*NEW* Book Break
This new group gathers in Norville’s coffee shop for a shared reading session. Brilliant reading materials are provided and lively discussion is a sure thing.

Wednesdays 11:00am – 11:45am (toddlers) and 4:15pm – 5:15pm (5+ yrs)
Yoga, Games and Art
Fun classes combining yoga, movement, mindfulness and arts & crafts. Toddler classes for 1.5-4 years old and mini yogis 5-12 years.
Booking required – visit http://www.projectyogi.com to book.

Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:45pm – 5:45pm
Homework Club
A free, friendly, fun and supportive after school homework club, most suitable for children aged 8-12.

Wednesdays 5pm – 6:15pm
*NEW* T’ai Chi
Hamid from South London T’ai Chi brings the ancient Chinese art of moving meditation to Upper Norwood. T’ai Chi releases stress and contributes to better physical and mental health. For more information call 07932 671 258 or visit http://www.southlondontaichi.co.uk

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!

Wednesday 28th March 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Library of Things Mending Meet-up
Got seams that are fraying? Holey socks? Trousers that need taking up? Come along to this informal mending meet-up and learn sewing tricks and tips from each other. Whether you’re a seasoned stitcher or a complete beginner, you’re welcome to join. If you can’t make it for the whole session, feel free to drop in when you can!  What to bring: your clothes that need mending, any spare needles and thread you have, a bottle of something or some snacks for our shared table.

Thursdays – 10:00am – 1:40pm
*NEW* Baby Sensory
Baby Sensory are now running their multi-award-winning classes at our Hub, where you can relax and meet other new parents while your baby is introduced to a world of sensory delights! Booking required – visit https://www.babysensory.com/streatham.

Thursdays – 6pm – 8pm
Mindfulness
Fully qualified and highly experienced, UK Network listed mindfulness teacher, Jim Clark runs a carefully designed programme combining mindfulness meditation and cognitive psychology to help you manage life’s stresses and cultivate emotional well-being. Visit http://www.mindulnesstherapies.co.uk to book.

Fridays – 10:00am – 11:30am
Compassionate Neighbours Coffee Morning
Run by St. Christopher’s, Compassionate Neighbours is a free community-led support group for anyone experiencing loneliness or social isolation because of age or illness, including those living with a chronic, long-term or terminal illness and dementia. Drop in for a free cuppa and meet others locally. Sometimes joined by guests for talks or activities but there will always be tea, coffee, biscuits and conversation.

Second Saturday of every Month – 3pm- 5pm
*NEW* Positive Birth Movement
Sakina Ballard facilitates a free monthly meet-up for pregnant women, their partners and others interested in discussing birth in a positive way.

Saturdays 11:00am – 11:45am
Ballet for Kids (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 aniasdance@gmail.com for registration

Saturdays from 17th March 4pm- 6pm
*NEW* Mindfulness with Audrey
A new mindful meditation class run by certified practitioner and teacher Audrey Allwood. Contact her at movedbymotive@gmail.com or 07903 931 851 for further information and to book.

First Saturday of the Month
Library Hub Book Club
If you have a need to read, come and join us at 2:30pm in the meeting room to take part in a lively discussion of our chosen book. Books are selected in advance; just ask for the current title at the library or pick up a copy if you see it in the Book Club book basket. For adults (16+). Refreshments will be provided. Free.

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