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The Clutter Monster Event

The Clutter Monster Event @UpperNorLibHub
 Upper Norwood Library Hub is bringing you six weeks of summer activity for children, teenagers and young adults at the library hub and beyond.
This summer we have opportunities to take part in sports, arts, blogging, journalism, theatre and other activities, as well as book reading and some week-long theatre and art programmes. Many of our activities are free or low cost as we want everyone to be able to take part. So, look through our programme, choose your activities and join us at Upper Norwood Library Hub this summer!
How to find us
Most of our activities are delivered at Upper Norwood Library Hub but check the session details to make sure before you travel as some activities are being run off site.
We are wheelchair accessible for most activities, however if you have any accessibility requirements please contact us at or on 020 8670 4389 before booking your session to discuss and we will do our best to accommodate.
Booking is not essential but is recommended for most of our activities, particularly those that have limited space available. Bookings can be made in the library hub or via our website
Most activities are free or very low cost. For free activities we welcome a small donation to the library hub where people feel able
to contribute one, this helps us continue to deliver more community activities and events. Where our sessions do have a cost it is because there are materials or staffing costs to running the event.You can book and pay online for these activities in advance or pay on the day, however be aware that we may be fully booked if you arrive on the day without advance booking.
All of our sessions indicate the ages they are suitable for and for most of our activities we ask parents not to stay for the session. If you or your child would like to attend something but are not in the recommended age range then please contact at or on 020 8670 4389 to discuss and we will see if the activity is suitable.
All of our activity facilitators have basic disclosure and for each session there will be two or more staff and volunteers present. A qualified first aider will be on site.
   Art for 5-11s: Heroes, Villains, Monsters
  TUESDAY 24 JULY 10am - 12pm
  Woodwork Skills & Social Enterprise
Six week course:
   MONDAY 23 JULY 1pm - 3pm
WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 1pm - 3pm
   WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 2pm - 4pm
 WEDNESDAY 1AUGUST 2pm - 4pm @UpperNorLibHub
MONDAY 30 JULY 1pm - 3pm
MONDAY 13AUGUST 1pm - 3pm
Please note: This is a six week course and participants must attend week 1 of the course on Monday 23rd July.
Ages: 14 - 17
Location: Upper Norwood Library hub for first two session and Men in Sheds Penge for subsequent sessions
Fancy seeing if you have a talent for making things out of wood? Want experience of setting up and running a social enterprise? We will help you decide what you want to make, support you to create your pieces, including showing you how to use tools and machinery, and will then help you with the process of setting up a social enterprise and selling your items (with proceeds coming back into the charity). This is a great opportunity to develop a new creative talent and add business skills
to your CV. Come along to the first session to find out more and help develop ideas for what to build.
Create your own podcast
  Two hour session:
Ages: 5 - 11
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub FREE - donations welcome
A superhero with heroic anatomy? Creepy villainous henchmen? Mutant monsters? Mythical creatures? Learn how to create your own heroes, villains and monsters on paper with a professional local artist. What special powers will your hero have? What vehicle would your evil boss drive? Or just how slimy can you make your creature? Come along and create your characters, the only thing you need to bring along is your imagination!
   Two week course:
Or: @UpperNorLibHub
Please note: this two session podcast course is being delivered on two occasions, please either attend course 1 (25th July and 1st August) OR course 2 (16th and 23rd August)
Ages: 13 - 16
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub FREE - donations welcome
Work as a team to create an exciting and original podcast under the direction of a professional voice over artist.
(recording equipment provided).
Lipstick Libraries: Micro-blogging event
 THURSDAY 26 JULY 2pm - 4pm
The Clutter Monster reading and Q&A with Author Sally Walford
FRIDAY 27 JULY 10:30am - 11:30am
   Two hour session:
Ages: 11 - 16
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub
Join writer, journalist and blogger, Alice Purkiss, at this fun and informative blogging event, exploring the way social media can be used as a blogging platform, discovering cool people to follow on social me- dia and talking about how social media can be cultivated as a healthy place to exist online. Plus, whilst we explore ways to use social media for storytelling, you can relax, paint your nails and enjoy some nibbles.
Two hour session:
Ages: All welcome
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub FREE - donations welcome
The Clutter Monster lives in the land of Mess, a monster who loves nothing more than very messy children and very messy playrooms.
This story for children, tells the tale of one dark night when two messy children are spotted by The Clutter Monster. Only The Decluttering Dog has the secret of how to make the Monster go. Will he get to them in time to save their fate? This delightful tale encourages children to tidy up their toys and keep on top of that clutter!
Hear Sally Walford read from The Clutter Monster and take part in a Q&A with the author and founder of, an inspira- tional lifestyle business helping people to prioritise their belongings and declutter their way to long term happiness, fulfilment and a clearer mind.
   Table Tennis with Wole
Every Friday afternoon throughout the summer:
   FRIDAY 27 JULY 2pm - 4pm
FRIDAY 3AUGUST 2pm - 4pm
   FRIDAY 17AUGUST 2pm - 4pm
Ages: 6 - 16
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub FREE - donations welcome
FRIDAY 24AUGUST 2pm - 4pm
  Tall Tales: Creative writing workshop
Three week course:
FRIDAY 31AUGUST 2pm - 4pm
   MONDAY 30 JULY 2pm - 4pm
 Four week course:
    TUESDAY 31 JULY 2pm - 4pm
MONDAY 6AUGUST 2pm - 4pm
Ages: 6 - 16
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub FREE - donations welcome
In this short writing course, you will be introduced to the art of story- telling and the versatility of language. Starting with some easy and fun writing exercises to learn how to write characters, dialogue, settings and moods, participants will work towards creating your own short stories.
Young Journalists course
Ages: 14 - 16
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub FREE - donations welcome
Are you interested in developing your skills as a journalist? Do you want to create your own web content and publish online? Then this is the course for you....
Through this four week course you will gain insight into how journalism works, have the opportunity to develop your writing and reporting skills,
MONDAY 13AUGUST 2pm - 4pm
WEDNESDAY 15AUGUST 2pm - 4pm @UpperNorLibHub
FRIDAY 10AUGUST 1pm - 3:30pm
 develop, write, edit and upload content to the web and learn basic CMS skills. As a group you will have the opportunity to create your own web- site and decide whether you want to produce a final printed product.
 DANCE Showcase
 Once Upon a Time: Make a play in a week
Monday to Friday:
   MONDAY 6AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm
WEDSDAY 8AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm
  THURSDAY 9AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm
TUESDAY 7AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm
FRIDAY 10AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm
Please note: On the final morning we would like to invite family, carers and friends to drop-off their children at 10am and stay for a coffee downstairs in the library hub. We will then invite you upstairs at 11am to watch a showcase performance by the children.
Ages: 6 - 8
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub
£22 - for all five sessions. Sibling discount available (please enquire).
With nothing more than the beginning of a story, a few objects and a whole lot of imagination, the group will make a play in a week. For four days, the group will explore improvising, storytelling and working together as a team to create their own unique production that will be performed for friends and family on the fifth day.
MONDAY 6AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm
 TUESDAY 7AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm @UpperNorLibHub
  Date and Session Times:
Ages: Varied
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub FREE - donations welcome
During August expect a variety of dance classes designed for participants from 2 years old to those who are over 50. There will be opportunities for young participants to showcase new learned skills and for adults to work on their fitness and wellbeing. You are also invited to our open dance film screenings.
   Two sessions:
Ages: 8 - 15
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub

Join KNOW HOW YOU and Splattermake Sewing School and get your Passport to SEWING in this half day workshop aimed to get you using a sewing machine confidently. Learn how to set up and thread the machine, basic and decorative stitches and make a simple project. You don’t need to bring anything with you, we supply the machine and all the materials you need.
 Little Brushstrokes: summer art camp
Monday to Friday: (attend for one day or the whole week)
   MONDAY 13AUGUST 9:30am - 4:30pm
   THURSDAY 16AUGUST 9:30am - 4:30pm
TUESDAY 14AUGUST 9:30am - 4:30pm
FRIDAY 17AUGUST 9:30am - 4:30pm
WEDSDAY 15AUGUST 9:30am - 4:30pm
 Please note: Children may attend for one or more days or for the entire week. There is a discount for those attending for the full five days. The group will visit a local museum on the Wednesday. Children will need to bring a packed lunch, water bottle and snacks each day. Fruit for afternoon snack will be provided.
Ages: 5 - 11
Location: Upper Norwood Library Hub
£20 per day or
£90 for all five sessions. Sibling discount available (please enquire).
Budding artists have the opportunity to discover new artistic skills and techniques and learn about different famous artists and their work as they spend a week having fun, creating and exploring.
During the week we will look at different artists such as Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Vincent Van Gogh and explore differ- ent techniques, mediums and materials. You will have the opportunity to create your own portraits, abstract art and sculptures as well as a collaborative piece of artwork that will be displayed in the library. On Wednesday we will take a trip to an art exhibition.
  Once Upon a Time: Make a play in a week
Monday to Friday:
   MONDAY 20AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm
  THURSDAY 23AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm
TUESDAY 21AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm
FRIDAY 24AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm
Please note: On the final morning we would like to invite family, carers and friends to drop-off their children at 10am and stay for a coffee downstairs in the library hub. We will then invite you upstairs at 11am to watch a showcase performance by the children.
Ages: 8 - 11 See details opposite
WEDSDAY 22AUGUST 10am - 12:30pm @UpperNorLibHub
And don’t forget The Summer Reading Challenge...
  Presented by The Reading Agency and Libraries
Wriggle & Rhyme Storytime (under-5s)
Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 10.30am
Rebel Badges & Mischief Masks
Wednesday 25th July, 2pm
Make your own mischievous mask and badges
Zimbabwean Drumming Workshop
Tuesday 31st July
Paper Plane Challenge
Wednesday 1st August, 2pm
How far will your winged design fly?!
Comic Creations
Wednesday 8th August, 2pm
Create your own comic strip and characters
Slime School
Wednesday 15th August, 2pm
Get sliming at our slime-making workshop
Master Maths Sorcerers
Wednesday 22nd August,
2pm (7-9 years) and 3pm (9-11 years) A maths adventure workshop
Gaming Gurus
Wednesday 29th August, 2pm
Become an RPG gamer for an afternoon with the UNL Games Club!
Summer Party
Saturday 8th September, 2:30pm
Join us for fun, games and our awards ceremony for those who have completed the
Summer Reading Challenge!
Mischief Makers

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