O Effra, where art thou?

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O Effra, where art thou?

It's right under our feet, but you might not even know it exists. Blogger Chris investigates the mysterious River Effra - are the rumours involving Queen Elizabeth true, and what havoc has it been causing?

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A beginner's guide to decluttering

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A beginner's guide to decluttering

Here comes the festive season, and with it a load more stuff. Find it a bit overwhelming? Local professional organiser and declutterer Katherine Blacker shares her top tips on how to let go of things to give us some peace of mind.

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We're moving to Crystal Palace!

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We're moving to Crystal Palace!

A message from co-directors Emma, Sophia and Bex:
After a wonderful 16 months at Vale Street, we’ve made the decision to wind down the West Norwood Library of Things site this December, and to re-launch an improved version with increased resources in Spring 2018 in Crystal Palace. 

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Alys in Wonderland

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Alys in Wonderland

Blogger Chris gets to know our Community Activator, Alys Penfold - how did she end up at Library of Things, and what exactly does her role involve?

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Meet Mirela…Superborrower!

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Meet Mirela…Superborrower!

Regular visitors to Library of Things will instantly recognise Mirela Grubesic. She’s not only one of our most loyal volunteers, working in the shop every week and helping out at workshops and events, Mirela’s also our number one borrower!

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We are one!

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We are one!

Open air ping pong, kite flying, a mending workshop, “power drill darts”, freshly made waffles, barbecued hot dogs, lots of singing and…

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London's first borrowing shop open!

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London's first borrowing shop open!

**Press release**

Social enterprise Library of Things, which lends out useful items like power tools, camping gear and kitchenware, has opened its first shipping container borrowing space in West Norwood and signed up over 90 members in its first fortnight. 

 

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Sustainable places are community made

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Sustainable places are community made

As Clerkenwell Design Week kicks off, Library of Things supplies the tools for GCSE pupils to build the 'Future of Design' pavilions. An apt moment to remember the importance of community involvement at all stages, says Library Co-Founder Emma Shaw.

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Drumroll please...

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Drumroll please...

Know how we've been searching for over a year for a home for Library of Things? We visited garages, sheds, squats, adventure playgrounds, asbestos-filled community centres, old manufacturing spaces that were going for £60,000 a year whilst building works were happening...

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Laying the foundations: it's a legal thing

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Laying the foundations: it's a legal thing

Co-founder Emma shares her memories of grappling with the UK's antiquated legal system, to get Library of Things registered as a non-profit company.

There I was, at 1 o’clock in the morning, with a 30-page legal document in front of me. We were trying to register Library of Things as a non-profit company.

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Library of Things 1.0: Highs & Lows

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Library of Things 1.0: Highs & Lows

As the pilot scheme draws to a close, co-founder Bex reflects on her personal experience of helping to build a Library of Things.

Deep in the throes of unemployment in July 2014, Library of Things was just what I needed. Here was a project I could throw my energy into and talk about down the pub.

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