Lambeth Libraries are closed during the coronavirus lockdown but there is a fantastic choice of extra online activities : e-books, audio books, newspapers & magazines, research your family history using the Ancestry database , quiz, book group chat , chat with writers, business advice, wriggle & rhyme sessions, film streaming.
Sign up here (top of the page) for the e-newsletter of events. (Next newsletter due out on Monday 4th May).
Don’t worry if you are not a library member – some activities are open to all.
West Norwood library waiting for end of lockdown
Since lockdown hundreds of residents have registered as new library members – to join just go online here.
Or speak to the library team on 020 7926 0750 between 9am and 6pm.
See details of regular online services here
Lambeth Libraries have partnered with Black Cultural Archives, St Martins Community Centre and many others to create a fantastic programme of events for Black History month this October.
Locally we have:
- Sun 6th 1.30pm to 4pm. Drumming workshop at St Lukes church SE27 0DT and poetry, prose & song at West Norwood Library SE27 9JX
- Wed 9th 7pm Rising above Brokenness – meet authors of books on mental well being at Upper Norwood Library SE19 1TJ
- Sat 12th 11am to 6pm Black Hair Day at West Norwood Library SE27 9JX – meet authors, hairdressers , watch a movie.
- Wed 23rd 2.30pm Make your own African Drum at Upper Norwood Library SE19 1TJ
- Wed 23rd 2.30pm Anancy/Ananse/Anansi Adventure for over 5’s at West Norwood Library SE27 9JX
All welcome. For details of these and many more mostly free events see: [ https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/lambeth-black-history-month-brochure-2019.pdf ]
Update 27.3.2019: It seems that the meetings mentioned below have been postponed. Still awaiting an update on this.
Thames Water will begin digging up Norwood Road on Tuesday 23rd April – just after the Easter bank holiday. The works will be done in sections starting at Tulse Hill station end. The works cause traffic disruption for over 7 months in West Norwood’s main shopping street.
To find out more please meet the people planning the project from Thames Water, the council and Transport for London between 1pm and 4pm on Monday 1st April at West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street SE27 0JX or in the evening at Salvation Army, Norwood Rd SE27 9AW on Tuesday 2nd April 5pm to 8pm .
These works are the third part of a £14m project to replace our local trunk water mains installed in 1870.
See our earlier posts:
Thames Water are planning to replace their water mains that run under Norwood Road in West Norwood later this year. The works will be disruptive causing congestion in the town centre for many months.
Detailed plans are being drawn up to minimize disruption to traffic and bus routes.Local councillors have organised a public meeting on Wednesday 30th January at 7pm in the Community Room at the back of West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street SE27 9JX.
Councillors want to hear the concerns of local businesses and residents and ensure these views are considered during the planning phase of this essential project.
In the meantime please report any water leaks direct to Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/sitecore/content/tw-live/tw-live/Report-a-leak Telephone 24/7: 0800 714 614
Our library is closed this week to prepare for opening over the road in Norwood High Street SE27 9JU on Friday 9th November from 10am and will be sharing the building with a 4 screen Picturehouse cinema & cafe.
This Lambeth library will be operate 54 hours a week and be open every day. Library times are: Mondays 1pm to 8pm; Tuesdays 10am to 8pm; Wednesdays 10am to 6pm; Thursdays 10am to 8pm; Fridays 10am to 6pm; Saturdays 10am to 6pm; Sundays 1pm to 5pm.
Our library will have 35,000 books, free IT facilities with Wifi and over 30 computers to use, a special children’s area, study space, full time library staff, regular activities for all ages and much more.
The West Norwood Library & Picturehouse building is fully wheelchair accessible with a lift and 3 disabled parking bays. Every screen will have an infrared system to play audio-described tracks (when provided by the film’s distributor) through hprovided headphones.
Children’s area in new Library
Cllr Sonia Winifred ( pictured) says: “I’m delighted that the West Norwood Library & Picturehouse is opening 9th November. It’s taken a little longer than we had hoped but now it’s ready for all to enjoy. I am sure it will soon become central to West Norwood’s community life.”
For details of the cinema programme see: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/West_Norwood#this-week. Opening films are Widows (15) and Wildlife (12A) . Standard adult tickets £11.10 to £14.10 . Members get discounts and there is still time to sign up as a Founder Member.
On Saturday 3rd October West Norwood Library will be transformed into a Fun Palace. Drop in at 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY to create, share knowledge & skills and learn something new. This is a free event for all ages showcasing the many groups and services available in the library with a chance to try new things combining science, arts and what you will. Look out for DIY face painting and Lego swap! Coding at 11am. DNA & construction at 2.30pm. To run an activity contact Zoe email@example.com
Local author Stella Duffy is walking to all of Lambeth’s Libraries on Fun Palace Day planning to reach West Norwood at 4pm. All welcome to join Stella on part or all of this 12.98 mile walk. For details see: http://funpalaces.co.uk/discover/doing-the-lambeth-write-walk-fun-palace/
Helen Hayes outside the Cinema-Library site
Contracts have been exchanged between Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd & Lambeth council to lease the Nettlefold Halls and turn it into a four-screen cinema, with bar and café. As part of the deal, West Norwood Library will return to the Nettlefold site.
Helen Hayes commented “I am delighted that a contract has now been signed for the delivery of a cinema in West Norwood bringing us a step closer to realising the long held aspiration for the cinema and much-needed restoration of the library. I’m also really pleased that Picturehouse have agreed to pay their staff at the cinema an employment package that is equal to, or more than, the London Living Wage”
Lyn Goleby, Managing Director of Picturehouse, said: “This is the sort of building that we get very excited about – modernising and reinventing a place that sits at the heart of its community. We hope that the support the project enjoys will mean that we can very soon deliver a great new facility for West Norwood”.
Following the signing of the agreement it will take about 3 months to complete costings and develop designs ready for a full public consultation. To get an idea of how the new cinema-library will look see the posters displayed outside the building at 1 Norwood High Street SE27 9JX
The council has been working on plans with City Screen , who run independent cinemas including Clapham Picture House, for a possible cinema in the Nettlefold Hall / Library Centre – beside the cemetery entrance.
Friends of West Norwood Library have arranged to give local people a chance to see and comment on the plans at an early stage.
Just drop in to The Old Library, 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY on Saturday 20th October between 1pm and 4pm
The Nettlefold Hall / Library Centre has been closed after thieves stole the copper roof in June 2011. The latest plans are that West Norwood Library goes back into the Nettlefold and shares the space with a 4 screen cinema, café and bar.
For detail see: http://www.facebook.com/FOWNL
Lambeth has a great programme of events see brochure for details here.
In West Norwood we have storytelling during half-term week on Monday 29th October at 2.30pm and on Wednesday 31st October at 3.30pm in West Norwood Library 14 Knights Hill SE27 0HY. All children and families welcome . Free entry.
And a Hip Hop history by Rashid Nix on the evening of Wednesday 31st October at 6pm in West Norwood Library.
West Norwood’s temporary library at 16 knights Hill SE27 0HY will be open again on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons . (The opening hours were reduced over the summer due to activity programmes in the Old Library Centre for young people.)
From Monday 3rd September the library opening hours are :
- Monday 10am to 4pm
- Tuesday closed
- Wednesday 10am to 8pm
- Thursday 10am to 1pm
- Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm
- Saturday 10am to 5pm
- Sunday closed
Telephone 020 7926 8092