I recently attended the New Cross Learning AGM and have to say those people go from strength to strength. The diversity, inclusion and sheer stamina of the team is remarkable.
Over the Christmas holidays they will be taking a well earned break, but work won’t stop at the library. Thanks to a maintenance grant from Lewisham Council the ceiling will be replaced, doors repaired and the whole place will get a fresh new look by the time the decorators are done. All the perfect compliment to the second Lightbox Art that was completed by Jess and co this week. The picture gives you some idea but pop in to see it for yourself. And if you’re not already a registered user signing up is a great way to support them too.
NXL Highlights 2013/14
Oct 13 Black History Month Black Panther magazines draw 2 ex-Panthers from the States for an ad-hock discussion and meeting
Nov 13 Big Book Sale plus The Auction proves to be a quick way to make money, attract more users with an increase in issue numbers
Dec 13 2nd AGM and Xmas Fayre. Kathy and Gill remain Co-Chairs as agreed at the AGM.
Jan 14 Workshops commence for the Chinese New Year, the year of the Horse. More Chinese participate this year.
Feb 14 LGBT month is celebrated with a showing of Broke Back Mountain, the first of our Pop-Up Cinema shows
Mar 14 Basic Skills IT Training course starts that is aimed the Silver Surfers. A most moving evening hosting 13 Palestinian women who told us about life in their country and what faces them every day. John Kirk’s performance of Private Peaceful brought tears to our eyes.
Apr 14 Ewan McColl remembered from a 50 year old recording with Travelling People brought to us by Mark Brown of Goldsmiths’. Another successful partnership with New Cross Free Film Festival brings famous director, Ken Loach to NXL.
May 14 Joined with Dig to help with Tomato Fest seeding Managed to sell some new books. 25 kids sat still in a cartoon graphics workshop.
June 14 Patchwork workshops and Gypsy recognition as the Roma Festival is held here at NXL.
July 14 The Lease is signed and big thanks go out to the Bold Vision Backers, especially Catherine and John who never gave up on us.
Aug 14 Mystery walks and picnics were even more popular this year. A brilliant trip down river to see the Poppies at the Tower brought a diverse group of people together.
Sept 14 Party in the Park was a promotional success with over 5000 people grooving to Punk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Reggae Blues and Folk music all day long. NXL hosted all the meetings, allowed the bank account to be used and did the printing i.e. put New Cross on the map.
This is the third booksale they’re doing so the operation is pretty slick and they have thousands of books at low, low prices – hardly anything more than £2 and paperbacks five for £1. They’re sorted so people can find what they’re interested in and they offer tea and cakes and a chance to sit down. Transport is easy to the Saville Centre, 436 Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LJ. It is a couple of blocks south of Lewisham Hospital on loads of bus routes that run from Lewisham (Southern and South Eastern Rail services and the DLR) to Catford (with Catford and Catford Bridge railway stations connecting to the Overground, Ladywell and St. John’s, Nunhead and Peckham, etc.).
All and everyone welcome – and if people have books to get rid of we are taking them in on the day…
To celebrate World Book Day in New Cross Library on 1 March, there will be a Big Book Swap in the library from 6pm-8pm. It’s free, open to all ages, there will be refreshments and other activities, and all are welcome, – please bring at least one book to swap!
This will be followed by a Big Book Sale on Sunday 4 March (2-5pm) with second hand books selling for bargain prices – with most paperbacks priced 5 for £1 and hardbacks or large paperbacks £1 or £2 each – cheaper than our usual second hand book prices. Come along & bring friends to help raise funds for the library in 2012
And remember you can still submit your book for the New Cross Bookshelf Artwork… it’s easy to do and you’ll be proud of it for years. Just click here to complete the short form and submit your details