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Library of Things is part of a movement of people making borrowing better than buying. Since we officially opened our doors for borrowing in July 2016, we've had an amazing response from local people and further afield. We've had a whole lot of adventures getting to this point and met some curious characters along the way.
Join us every month for a glimpse of what's happening behind the scenes...
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.