A free Twixmas Drop-In was held once again on the Thursday between Christmas and New Year, this time with entertainment supplied by  Annie Riley, the "Sixties Songbird":

Annie Riley, Twixmas Entertainer

On 28th November, the ESOL Conversation Groups, led by Jo Lingard, invited library users to sample a range of traditional homemade foods from around the world. Children's toys and other second-hand items were also available for sale, and all proceeds were given to Haven House Children's Hospice, which is a charity caring for very ill children ( A collage of images from the day appears below:
Haven House day

We are all delighted that children from Chase Lane School continue to make regular use of the library during term time. They charm us all with their enthusiasm and good behaviour when they are with us:

Chase Lane Children outside library
Chase Lane Children inside library

For the third successive year, the library participated in events for the National Citizen Service Challenge, where groups of young people undertake useful projects in the library duribg the late Summer. We were pleased to have been awarded the following certificate this year, in recognition of our taking part:
NCS Challenge Certificate 2017

Alison Gordon, the newly appointed Local Area Coordinator for Larkswood Ward, now assists people in need, and uses the library as a base for two days each week, on a drop-in or appointment basis,
Taking Time to Listen
Thanks to everyone who assisted with and contributed to the Macmillan coffee morning in the library. The final total raised was £312.32.
Well done Marilyn and team!

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Poppy Appeal 2017

As usual, SCCL volunteers will be selling poppies outside  the library.

Please give generously in support of this very worthy cause.