Children’s activities

  • Monday -English lessons for speakers of other languages – 10 – 3 with Christine. Free. Ring first to book.
  • Tuesday 10-11 baby bounce/ rhyme time. Singing and nursery rhymes for under fives, with Alison or Liv. 50p admin charge
  • From 21st April Children’s Creative Book Club 3.30 -5pm. age 5-11years (registration only cost £3.00)
  • Thursday – Rhyme Time with Cat Bateman and her guitar – “Little folks nursery rhymes” 11.45 -12.15. £1.50 babies, £2.50 toddlers


  • Saturday – join our friendly knitters, led by Wendy.   10-12,
  • Monday and Wednesday – Bridge Club – no beginners, 6.45 -10pm, membership fee
  • Monday, Tuesday, occasional Thursdays 10 -3, plus Saturday morning. One to one IT training.  Ring the library to book (don’t ring  Wednesday, Friday or Sunday – we’re closed then)
  • Tuesday – Seated exercise 11-12  Includes  strength, balance, stretch and relaxation. £1 per session. Instructor Tonia.
  • Wednesday – Parent support group counselling service, appointments only, 4.30 -8.30.

Free. Ring library on 020-8778-1753 and leave a message for Ann



  • First Saturday – Councillors’ surgery 10.30 – 11.30
  • Second and last Monday “Hear to help” walk in hearing aid clinic 10 – 12.30 . Free
  • First Tuesday 6 – 7.Adults reading group – read and discuss books provided by the library
  • General help with CVs and issues of concern, advice by appointment only
  • ECO Courses – Employability and one off courses in First Aid and Health and Safety

Christmas closure and Christmas tree

eThe library will close at 1pm on 24th December and stay closed till 9.30 on 4th January 2016. If you would like to return books during this time please put then into the Dropbox to the right of the main door.

Our Christmas tree this year was sponsored by Lee of Mann Countrywide Sydenham branch, Clarkes  of London Coaches, Terry of NatWest Sydenham, Co-operative Funeral Care, Woodfalls Opticians, Pat Trembath and John Towler.  it was decorated mainly by Liam and Jean, and has brightened our corner of the park since 5th December.Thanks to all who helped.

Sydenham Community Library -busy on 5th December

On 5th December, first we have the Sydenham Assembly from 2 -4pm – come and vote for us to have funding for our under fives’ rhyme time.

then, from 4.30 till 5.30 we have a pantomime – the Pirate’s Christmas Adventure, by the SimplySmiley  theatre company, a free performance courtesy of Sydenham  Arts.

And after this, we have lighting the Christmas tree, and carols by St. Michaels Community Singers.  The event finishes at 6.




Dear all,
first, the good news – yesterday evening Bellingham Assembly voted us £450 to pay for Jimmy’s music for the under fives to remain free to participants.  We owe them a big thank you We hope that Sydenham Assembly may do the same, so we can fund him till July 2014. Sydenham Assembly is on Saturday 30th November, at 11am, at The Sydenham Catholic club, Watlington Grove, SE26 5RR. Please try to be there to vote for us.

Next, we are having a book and plant fair, this coming Saturday, the 16th November, from 10am till 4.  If you’d like to donate plants, please bring them, and ideally come and buy some more.   We will be sorting books, with the aid of tea and cakes, on Friday  15th  between 11 and 5, so if you could turn up and help for a short while between these times, it would be grand. We will be using the staff entrance so ring the bell there.

We have a visit from a South African author, Nomanono iIsaacs, who will talk about her book “Escaping apartheid: a letter to my mother” on Thursday November 21st from 7pm-8.30pm. Refreshments provided. Please think of coming.
Finally we have a meeting of the Friends of Sydenham Library on Tuesday the  26th of November.  If you have any items you would like to see on the agenda, please send thm to me by Monday 25th November,