Libraries across the borough are holding a vast range of events this Christmas.
Events include everything from a knitting class to Christmas story time and wreath design.
Councillor Jill Whitehead, chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee said: “During the build up to Christmas we have laid on a number of exciting events across the borough’s libraries for people of all ages.
“There is a real variety of options for local people to try and I hope each and every one of these sessions gets full up.”
Sutton Central Library: 020 8770 4700
1. Knit and Natter: Every Wednesday, 3.15-5.00pm – If you enjoy knitting or would like to learn join the Knit and Natter group.
2. Chess Club: Every Wednesday, meeting at 12noon in the Europa Gallery. All abilities welcome.
Carshalton Library: 020 8647 1151
1. The Pre-School Parent Book Club. One Friday a month, 10.30-11.30am (contact the library for exact date). A book club for people juggling young families and other commitments, who want to find time to engage with a good book. Choose from either a short or a long read each month and work towards completing the Six Book Challenge in the process. Talking about adult fiction whilst supervising young children. Toys and refreshments provided.
2. Christmas Storytime Party: Wednesday 12th December, 10.00-11.00am. Come along for special Christmas crafts, stories, rhymes and refreshments. Tickets are 50p each and numbers will be limited. Speak to a member of staff for more information.
3. Community Snowflakes: Throughout December. To celebrate the library’s last Christmas at The Square make a paper snowflake, and add your fond memories of the library to it, before adding it to the display.
Cheam Library: 020 8644 9377
1. Cheam Christmas Event: Friday 7th December, 3.00pm – 9.00pm. Cheam Library will be joining the rest of Cheam Village in a Christmas extravaganza, including a visit from Father Christmas, a Jingle Bell storytime and a selection of festive colouring and craft.
2. Legomania: Friday 7th December, 6.15 – 7.15pm and 8.00 – 9.00pm. Grab a base board, a box of bricks and enjoy a world of creative possibilities. Tickets £3.50, for ages 5-10years.
3. Festive Creations: Wednesday 19th December 3-4pm, for ages 4-7years. Free event, but booking is required as places are limited.
4. Super Storytime: Every Wednesday, 9.40 – 10.40am. Stories, songs and rhymes, followed by a stay and play session for 0-3 yrs.
5. Simplified Education. 11+ Revision Classes in the Library every Saturday from 1.30 – 4.30. Contact Agnes on 07870 906047 for details. (term time only)
6. Scrabble Club. Every Tuesday 2.00pm-4.30pm. FREE. Come along and exercise your brain with our friendly Scrabble Club.
7. Bridge and Rubber Bridge. On the second and last Wednesday of the month. 1.00pm-5.00pm and Fridays 1.00pm-5.00pm. Contact: Kirsten (Secretary) on 020 8393 3092 or Ruby Lovell on 020 8337 1501 or Brenda Spink on 020 8642 8154.
Circle Library: 020 8648 6608
1. Storytime: Every Tuesday, 1.30 – 2.00pm. Stories and rhymes for 0-3 yrs. (Term time only)
The Library @ The Life Centre Library: 020 8644 9696
1. Winter Wonderland and Father Christmas Visit: Saturday 22nd Dec. £3 a child.
2. Book Buddies: If your aged 7-9 and love getting your nose into a good book, you will enjoy Book Buddies. Refreshments provided. Saturday. Contact Claire at the library for more information.
3. Storytime: Every Wednesday, 11.00 – 11.30am. Stories and rhymes for 0-3 yrs. (Term time only)
Library @ The Phoenix Centre: 020 8770 4901
1. Storytime: Every Monday, 11.00 – 11.30am. Stories and rhymes for 0-3 yrs. (Term time only)
Wallington Library: 020 8770 4900
1. Design a Christmas Wreath: Friday 14th December, 4.00 – 5.00pm. A free event for ages 6-10 year. There are a limited number of places so booking is advised.
2. Design a Christmas Card: Tuesday 18th December, 4.00 – 5.00pm. A free event for ages 6-10 year. There are a limited number of places so booking is advised.
3. Storytime: Every Thursday, 11.00 – 11.30am. Stories & rhymes for 0-3 yrs. (Term time only)
4. Coffee Concert - Rosemary Howard presenting a Christmas Programme: Wednesday 19th December, 11.30am–12.30pm. A free event with refreshments provided.
Worcester Park Library: 020 8337 1609
1. Christmas Carols with Cheam Common Junior School: Tuesday 4th December, 3.45pm.
2. Sing with Bing: Tuesday 4th December, 2.00 – 3.30pm. A festive musical celebration of the legendry Bing Crosby. Tea and cake provided. Tickets £2
3. Networks for Life: 6th December, 12noon. U-University discuss how to develop and maintain personal networks whatever your stage of life. Book online: http://the-u.org.uk/theusutton/
4. Fun with Reading: Wednesdays 5th, 12th and 19th December, 11am (for toddlers) and 4.15pm for (for nursery level). For you and your child to share the joy of reading.
5. Cinema Club: Tuesday 11th December, 2.00 - 4.00pm (there is a charge of £3.50 for refreshments).
6. Homework Club. Every Friday 3.45 – 4.45pm. Ages 7+ years.
7. Book Buddies: Ages 7-9. Contact the library for more information.
8. Craft Club: For Adults. Every Friday 5.00 – 7.00 pm. Donation towards craft materials requested and small fee for refreshments. Organised by the Friends of Worcester Park Library.
9. Scrabble Club: Every Wednesday 1.00 – 4.00pm
10. Story and Rhyme Time: Every Friday 11.15am-11.45am (0-3yrs). Stories and rhymes for you and your child. Please collect a free ticket on the day.
11. Open University Information Desk: 11th December, 2.30pm – 6.00pm.