Worlds of Possibilities - The London Libraries Festival




11-14th October is the first annual Libraries Week. A showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.

Croydon Libraries are taking part and have the following events planned.

You can keep up to date with what's happening by following Croydon Libraries on Twitter @CroydonLibs

For further information please visit


Bradmore Green Library

Coffee Morning

Join us for light refreshments at our coffee morning to launch National Libraries Week.

Admission: Free. No booking required. For all ages

Saturday 7 October  10.00 – 11.30am



Tuesday 10 October : 3.15 - 4.15 (under 8's)



Wednesday 11 October : 11.00 - 11.30am (under 5's)



Friday 13 October: 11.00 - 11.30am (under 5's)


Central Library

"20 years of magic" - Harry Potter Craft Event

Join our Harry potter fan club , marking 20 year since the "Harry Potter and philosopher's Stone” was first published with a fantastic craft activity

Friday 13 October -  4.00-5.00pm


Creative bookworms

Create your own book and be a writer for a day, become the Writer and Publisher!

Ages: 7-11

Saturday 14 October -  3.00-4.00pm



Coulsdon Library  

Children's Scavenger Hunt

Come in and celebrate National Libraries Week with us by doing a scavenger hunt around the children's library which will help you familiarise yourself with our varied stock. You'll also win a prize for taking part!

Admission: Free. Drop-in, no booking required. For children aged 4-7

Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October     All day


Explore Croydon Libraries Online Resources.

Come in and celebrate National Libraries' Week with us by booking an IT session with a member of staff or a volunteer to explore Croydon Libraries' varied and extensive online resources!  Contact the library to find out about dates and times

Admission: Free. Advanced booking required.

Monday 9 October to Saturday 14 October              All day



Tuesday 10 October: 10.00 - 10.30am

Thursday 12 October:  11.30am 

Saturday 14 Ocotber: - 10.30am (under 5's)


Lego Education Workshop 

Tuesday 10 October:  4.00 - 5.00pm (age 8 - 12's)


Grandparent's Storytime 

Thursday 12 October : 11.45am - 12.30pm  with Sally from Byron Children's Centre (under 5's)



Friday 13 October:  3.45 - 4.30pm (ages 5 - 7)


Story & Craft 

Saturday 14 October: 3.00 - 3.30pm (under 8's)


New Addington Library

Love Your Library

What do you love about your Library? Come and add some library love to our display!

Admission: Free. No booking required.  For all ages

Monday 9 October     2.30 - 4.00 pm


The Big Draw

Come and join in our Big Draw event with the theme ‘Living Lines’. Adults and children welcome, no prior drawing experience necessary, just a big imagination!

Admission: Free. No booking required. For all ages

Saturday 14 October       All Day Event


Henna Hand Painting

Come and do some henna hand painting to celebrate Diwali.

Admission: Free. No booking required. For children aged 7+

Saturday 14 October         2.00 – 4.00 pm



Wednesday 11 October - 11.30am (under 5's)



Thursday 12 October 11 - 11.30am (under 5's)


Purley Library

Storytime & Crafts

Celebrate National Libraries Week with us!  Listen to some fabulous stories and join in with some crafts

Admission: Free. No booking required. For under 5s

Tuesday 10 October          11.30am – 12.30pm



Tuesday 10 October 10.00 - 10.30am then 11 - 11.30am. Also Saturdays at 10.30 - 11.00am (under 5's)



Saturday 14 October 11.00 - 11.30am (under 5's)


Sanderstead Library


Wednesday 11 October: 10.00 - 10.30am and 11.00 - 11.30am (under 5's)


Friday 13 October:  3.30 - 4.00pm


Selsdon Library     

Ziptales Storytime

Discover the interactive side of libraries available from the comfort of your own home with Ziptales.

Admission: Free. No booking required

Monday 9 October       11:45am - 12:15pm


One Man and his (Guide) Dog

A talk by Paul Harman about the work of the Guide Dogs for the Blind association and how his life has changed since he had his dog Spencer.

Admission: Free. Booking required. Talk for adults

Thursday 12 October       2:00 - 3:00pm


"Action on Hearing Loss" Drop-in Stand

Action on Hearing Loss are "hear" to keep you informed and connected about hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus.

Admission: Free. No booking required

Friday 13 October           11.00am - 1:00pm



Monday 9 October: 11.00-11.30

Friday 13 October: 10.30-11.00

Saturday 14 October: 10.30-11.00


Parent Clubs (after Rhymetime sessions):

Monday 9 October: 11.30am-12.00pm

Friday 13 October: 11.00-11.30am

Saturday 14 October: 11.00-11.30am



Tuesday 10 October: 10.30-11.00am

Saturday 14 October: 2.30-3.00pm


Thornton Heath Library  

Family Learning Festival Creative Writing session

Bring along your family for a Fun Interactive Creative Writing session with Marcia Brown a local writer and learn new writing skills.

Admission: Free, Please book in advance.

Families with children age 6+

Saturday 14 October -   10.30 – 11.30 am