Margaret Adjaye is Co-Director of Upper Norwood Library Hub – a vibrant library hub located in Crystal Palace. Ahead of the Community-Managed Libraries Conference on Tuesday 20th March, she talks to Library of Things Co-Director Rebecca Trevalyan about how community-managed libraries are working with local people and councils to offer books plus an exciting range of community-powered activities.
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?
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.
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.
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?
I would sit in my makeshift studio and my tea would go cold, it would get dark around me, and I’d realise that hours had flown by...
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!
Open air ping pong, kite flying, a mending workshop, “power drill darts”, freshly made waffles, barbecued hot dogs, lots of singing and…
When the sun shines, the world shares
One year after London’s first Library of Things opened its doors, more people than ever are queueing up to borrow festival gear, gardening equipment and ukuleles.
Blogger Chris chats to co-director Emma Shaw about the business model making borrowing possible in communities around the UK.
The Library of Things Bootcamp programme is helping 3 teams make borrowing happen where they are. Blogger Chris reports the latest from West Norwood...
We’re super excited about the team we’ve built – the team of librarians, service designers, writers, photographers and connectors who run the Library...
I can’t tell you how many times I cycled across London carrying huge buckets of paint on my back...
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.
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.
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...
Properties are like night buses. There are none for ages and then there are 3 in a row.
Just one day into our Kickstarter campaign, the Library of Things has raised over 75% of our £12,000 target.
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.
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.