NEW FIRST FOR UPPER NORWOOD LIBRARY
Upper Norwood is to become the first library in the UK to run a ‘Library of Things’.
A project in partnership with Crystal Palace Transition Town, it will be a lending library where the public can borrow items such as DIY tools, gardening equipment, camping gear and much more at low prices.
At City Hall, Library hub directors Margaret Adjaye and Emily Jewell pitched their project to the funders, alongside Joe Duggan, co-chair of Crystal Palace Transition Town.
On the night, the project received a £3000 pledge from the Mayor’s Fund, £500 from Barclays Lifeskills, and pledges of £500 each from the B&Q branch in Sydenham, and Martin & Co estate agents in Crystal Palace. It also received in-kind support from the Library of Things in West Norwood.
“This will be the first Library of Things in a library in the UK” said Margaret Adjaye. “It is re-inventing the library for the 21st century, paving the way for our community to access books, things, advice, training, learning, support, services they need all under one roof.”
Joe Duggan said: “We massively appreciate the community support that has got us this far. “It has the most backers of any project in London! “And now it’s great to see such generous pledges from these great local businesses.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Crowdfund London represents a pioneering way for Londoners to drive regeneration of their local area from the grass roots up.
“It is inspiring a new generation of civic leaders and helping them unlock creative and innovative ideas for their communities.
“I’m pledging support to an extraordinary range of local groups for projects that will help strengthen their local places and make London an even greater city. “I’m calling on Londoners to join me and help make these projects a success.” (Source: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website)
UPPER NORWOOD LIBRARY – BACK AND OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
Upper Norwood library hub is back – and open for business.
“It has been beautifully decorated, books are back in the building and everyone who has visited so far has commented on how welcoming, fresh, and beautiful it is” said a spokeswoman.
The hub have already raised almost 60k for a number of projects. These are:
a) ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Language – grant from Walcot Foundation to organise and deliver sessions for Lambeth residents. Also supports volunteer recruitment and training – they provide additional reading support to the learners who need it most, plus others in our community who request reading support.
b) Energy Advice, funded by DECC, to offer bill switching and energy advice to our community
c) ConnectingU funded by Comic relief – a project to tackle isolation and loneliness in our community.
d) Artlexia and Act Yourself Confident funded by the Arts Council. Artlexia supports children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia to reach their potential through art. Act Yourself Confident – confidence building through drama
e) Funding from Power to Change to support the development of a libraries peer network
Space Hire: Anyone in our community can hire the space – open to individuals, organisations, not for profit, business, community, voluntary based – can be used for learning, educational activities, health and wellbeing programmes, weddings, meetings, conferences, workshops and more.
Parking: Spaces available for hire. Please ask at the library hub.