Christmas has come early for users of the central Croydon children’s library, which has just had a full makeover.
To celebrate the work being completed this Saturday (17 December) will be packed full of fun, informative, and seasonal treats.
From 11am there will be a Christmas rhyme time session including a guest appearance from Santa, followed by a performance by players from Croydon Young Musicians String Orchestra. Then from 2pm there is a seasonal crafts session for youngsters.
Earlier in the day, between 9.30 and 10.30am, the Croydon Central Code Club will be meeting. Led by Croydon Tech City volunteers, club members will be getting to grips with the ins and outs of writing computer programmes on freshly-installed computers. They will also be able to enjoy a large-screen TV and two new desk hubs, meaning that group learning sessions can be more interactive.
Regular visitors will notice how all of the lighting has been replaced although they won’t see how the new lights are extremely low energy. And, as well as being environmentally green, the space is now decked out in striking new shades of red, orange and yellow to brighten up every visit.
The library’s book stock has also had an early spring clean, with old books that were never loaned out being cleared away and new stock brought in. This means that the most popular books are now in greater supply and easier to find.
“This new offer delivers on our plans for libraries for the future. We are creating places that encourage children and young people from across the borough to take advantage of modern facilities in spaces that create a ‘learning can be fun’ environment. We are determined to support improving children’s reading skills and their safe use of technology.
“We want our libraries to be places that inform, inspire and improve the lives of everyone who visits them.
“It’s vital we keep investing in our Libraries to keep them relevant for the future.This is a fantastic good news story for our Libraries!”
Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport
Much of the new furniture has been taken from the council’s Bernard Weatherill House headquarters, where it had become surplus to requirements following new arrangements in the office space.
Future work is planned to further extend and services, sometime through partnerships to encourage more people to make use of their local libraries.