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  50p admin charge
  •  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



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,


Image from 'Girl Interrupted' blog
Image from ‘Girl Interrupted’ blog

HO HO HO, there are lots of great Christmas events going on in the library. Here is the lineup of festive treats. We hope to see you there, as does Santa (if you have been good!).

Saturday December 8th

11-12pm songs and music with Jimmy (who is brilliant…!)

12-3pm Santa’s Grotto will be open admission by ticket £2.50 for first child, then £2 per child

Saturday 15th December

11-12pm Seasonal songs and stories followed by biscuit decorating for children

12-3pm Santa’s Grotto will be open admission by ticket £2.50 for first child then £2 per child

3.30-4pm St. Christopher’s Community Choir will join us for carols and festive songs

• There will be games, competitions and refreshments on both days

• There will also be Table Top sales. Tables can be hired at £5 a table. Please contact the library if you would like to have a table.

• We will be having a children’s art exhibition on the theme of Winter so if you would like to take part please let us have your pictures by 4th December

Sydenham Community Library 210 Sydenham Road

Telephone: 020 8778 1753


Sunday 13th November from 12 pm till 3pm (it’s Remembrance Sunday so we are starting a little later).
Sunday December 4th, from 10pm till 3pm.

Despite its leaky roof (we’ve really benefitted from this year’s drought), the library continues to be well used, and to enrol new users.  However, it is still in need of some sorting out.  It has already hosted a conference on urban design, and two planning meetings, and will host the Sydenham Assembly on 29th November.

So we are holding a library work day, on Sunday 13th November, with the aim of re-organising some of the office space, and moving some of the bookshelves back to create a meeting space.

The workday will not start until 12 pm, as this is Remembrance Sunday, and will continue till about 3pm. We aim to hold a further workday on Sunday December 4th,running from 10pm till 3pm.

Please tell your friends, and come along if you can, for all or part of the time.  Wear old clothes and stout shoes, and bring work gloves. Not all the work is strenuous – it could include wiping bookshelves, and moving small trolleys of books.

Sandwiches, coffee and tea will be provided.

The next meeting of the Friends of Sydenham Community  Library is on  Tuesday 6th December, at Sydenham Library, 7.30-9pm.


Sat Oct 29, 10-3ish; 210 Sydenham Road, London SE26

Volunteers are needed to help clear some of the upstairs rooms and the courtyard at the library.

The work will involve sorting and packing up materials and moving them either downstairs at the library, or possibly for recycling.

In the courtyard, shrubs need trimming and dead leaves need clearing. Old clothes, stout shoes, and work gloves recommended.

Sandwich lunch will be provided. Drop in for as long as you like!

Please phone or email Ilse Towler on 020 8778 3743 if you would like lunch or email her at the following address:

Many thanks

VOTE to help fund a cafe in Sydenham library

Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
A message from Darren Taylor of Eco Computer Systems:
We would like to install a small cafe in the library, to make it a more relaxing space for people to stay, read and socialise.
Natwest Bank has shortlisted our organisation for their Community Force Award, and we need you to vote for our organisation to win this grant to make a cafe in the library a reality.Please follow this link to vote for us: – When you vote please follow the following procedures. Many votes have not been added because action 4 has not been done.

1. Go to the link above.
2. Register and then it will send a activation email to your email address
3. Login to your email and click on the link in your email to validate your registration
4. Go into the Link and click on vote

Please vote, make a difference.

FOSCL meeting 27th September

Friends of Sydenham Community Library: meeting 27th September start 7.30 PM (to 9.30PM) at Sydenham Community Library  next to Home Park. 
Sydenham library was under threat of closure and many in the local community campaigned successfully to retain a library service.
The library is now run by Darren Taylor a Social of Eco Computer Systems. Lewisham council state that  the Community Library provision, which is hosted by Eco
Computer Systems in their Sydenham Community Hub, is still the responsibility of the Council.
This is an open meeting to which all that wish to support Sydenham Community Library are warmly invited.