The Edwardian library legacy of an Anglo-Pole

Posted on September 14th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. No Comments

At the turn of the last century, a Croydon man, now forgotten, made waves in the socially transformative field of libraries

“He saw libraries as a nerve center for the development of communities. His ideas may be a century old, but some things remain the same, even as we move ahead.”

Unrecognised here in Croydon, this is the assessment of its energetic innovator Chief Librarian Stanley … Read More »

Let’s protect Croydon’s pioneering libraries

Posted on August 24th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Libraries nurture the mind of man – let’s protect our heritage, says Sean Creighton

“The library was in some ways superior to life itself. We are limited by our three score years and ten, but books extend our horizon to the furthest boundaries of history, nay, and far beyond, for has not the speculative mind of man marched with the stars and written of the growth and … Read More »

What do Croydon’s children think about libraries?

Posted on June 8th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Sean Creighton sat down with a small group of small people, and they had big ideas for Croydon’s libraries

Croydon Council’s consultation on the future of libraries ended on 16th May. Largely based on involvement of the public via the internet, the exercise did not involve any specific method to find out the views of children.

The future of libraries partly depends on developing … Read More »

Seventeen fun things for kids to do this summer (that you might not have thought of)

Posted on July 13th, by Pamela Virgo in Culture. 1 Comment

The summer holidays start this week, and there’s lots to do in Croydon that doesn’t cost a lot, says Pamela Virgo

If you’re under 7

Whitgift Weenies Club: robots and aliens in the Whitgift Centre!
inflatable disco dome and bouncy castle at London Road Carnival, Sunday 19th July.
Deen City Farm (Phipps Bridge tramstop) has animals from goats to guinea pigs. Entry is free.
love your local library: free storytime … Read More »