Stoneleigh Library In 2018
   
How we supported the Christmas 'Lights on Broadway' Celebrations.  

On Friday 30th November, the library hosted a feast of fabulous, festive activities supporting Stoneleigh's "Lights on Broadway" event. We all had a great time and our visitors enjoyed;

 

   Face Painting
♥   Free Hot Chocolate and Stollen Cake
♥   Taking part in our Christmas Hamper Raffle
 
 

PLUS

 

We hosted a very special Children's Storytime with Children's Author, Grant Koper, Grant Koper 2who read from his own book

"The Day Granny's Knickers Blew Away!"

Grannys Knickers 2
   
Beating Online Scams talk helps protect our community.
 

 

On Wednesday 21st November Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards gave a free talk about how to best avoid the perils of online scams. Visitors described the speaker, Andrew Gadd, as engaging as he talked about the various ways that crooks use to trick the unsuspecting computer user, with them often losing thousands of pounds.

 

The Friends of Stoneleigh Library arranged this seminar following feedback from those attending the regular free computer classes put on at the library.

 

 

If you are concerned about online safety or would like to learn more, why not look at the Get Safe Online website;  https://www.getsafeonline.org/

 

 

 

Scams Talk

   
Standing Room Only at Local History Talk!  

 

 

 

 

Diana giving Stoneleigh History Talk

 

On Wednesday 14th November more than 70 local residents were treated to a free evening local history talk at the library on "Stoneleigh House & The Stone Family"

Diana Kay, Chairperson of the Friends of Stoneleigh Library and a local history enthusiast, gave an extremely entertaining and informative talk about the life of John Jefferies Stone and the location of his house, “Stoneleigh" - after which modern day Stoneleigh was named.

In addition to the talk, visitors enjoyed a display of old photographs, maps and books about Stoneleigh. The library had many visitors as well as our usual customers and all were highly appreciative of the talk and the free refreshments, including wine, that were provided.

   
Lego Swap Events a great success for our young collectors.  

 

Stoneleigh Library was buzzing once again as we recently held more FREE LEGO card swapping events in October and November giving local children the chance to complete their collections.

 

Children looking at LEGO cards

 

Sainsburys have been running a promotion giving away LEGO Incredible Inventions trading cards. This was the chance for our community to come together to swap their cards making for a fun morning with free refreshments and an extra Inventions Treaure Trail thrown in for good measure!

 

 

By the close of the October session, thirty-two children had added their names to the roster of successful collectors who had completed their collections in the library. Well done to them

 

 

Sainsburys Logo Invisible BackgroundLastly, a BIG thank you to our friends at Stoneleigh Sainsbury's for donating a few crates of cards to help make it a special time for all involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip Chart 

   
Our Young People's Chess Club had an amazing first session.
 
Two Girls Playing Chess

 

 

A big thank you to the 20+ children that filled up our community room for the first Young People's Chess Club session on 29th September. We couldnt have asked for a better first session.

 

Fuelled by lots of free biscuits and squash, the children filled up every space. Abilities were wonderfully mixed from beginners through to experienced players. There were some interesting games and everyone had a great time. 

   
What a fantastic Summer Reading Challenge 2018!  

 

 

2018 has been a fantastic time for some exciting events. We’ve had the Winter Olympics, the World Cup, Wimbledon and the brilliant European Championships.

 

 

Locally, we can now add a fantastic Summer Reading Challenge which has inspired so many young minds in the Stoneleigh community – plus a few older ones as well!

 

Children who took part in this year's challenge followed clues to explore their FREE colourful collector's map of Beanotown; meeting Dennis, Gnasher and friends along the way. As they read their library books, they collected special stickers to help them find the mysterious buried treasure!

 2018 SRC Kids with plate faces
 

 

Boy with book

 

The Summer Reading Challenge is a FREE event and Stoneleigh Community Library is very proud of all the local children who took part.

 

During the summer challenge, we put on a number of events to motivate the children as they progressed with reading their six books over the summer holiday period

 

 

We'd also like to publicly thank our friends at

 

Sainsburys Logo Invisible BackgroundNorth Cheam who regularly support this library and, on this occasion, provided the cake and other refreshments.

 

 

 

 

A whopping 260 children completed the Challenge and we rewarded them with prizes and a special, invite only, celebration on Saturday 23rd September attended by the Mayor, Councillor Neil Dallen, and his wife, Mayoress Ann Dallen.

 

 

2018 Mayor Councillor Neil Dallen and Mayoress Ann Dallen

 

 Marvin the monkey and our volunteers ensured everyone had lots to eat and drink plus there was a free raffle for some excellent Beano books.

 

 

Girl winning SRC 2018 Raffle Prize

 2018 SRC Children and Mayor

 

 

2018 Mayor Councillor Neil Dallen talking to children

 

 

Beano Postcards

   
Football Stickers Swap a Huge Success  
Deputy Mayor John and Wife We supported Broadway's World Cup Event on Sunday 10th June by putting on some special activities for the community including a special Storytime & Rhymetime, free refreshments and Face Painting.

The main attraction in the library though was, of course, the football sticker swap. We were inundated with young collectors who spent an enjoyable hour filling in the gaps in their albums. We chipped in by providing some extra cards which helped a few happy collectors complete their collections.
Hands with Panini Football
The deputy mayor and his wife (above) also popped in to say hello and to thank our volunteers for their work supporting the library.

We may be running another sticker swap during the world cup, so keep your eyes open.
   

Stoneleigh Library Welcomes Jeremy Harte

 

 

On Wednesday May 23rd 2018, a packed Stoneleigh library welcomed Jeremy Harte, the curator of Bourne Hall Museum in Ewell. Jeremy gave us a lively talk on the history of Epsom Wells in this, the 400th year of the discovery of the medicinal properties of its waters. 

 

Jeremy talked about the various stages in the life of the wells conveying many amusing anecdotes concerning the various colourful characters who visited the area during its time as a spa, and the evening certainly lived up to its advertised billing as being "exceptionally entertaining".

 

 

Refreshments including wine were also enjoyed by the approximately thirty library users and others who attended the event and many of whom were already enquiring about when we would be holding the next such talk.  We certainly hope to see Jeremy again at Stoneleigh in the not-to-distant future.

   
Plant sale success as customers flock to stock their gardens

Purple Flowers

 

On May 12th we put on our annual plant sale and gardening event. Loads of great value plants were snapped up as well as some really useful gardening books - all at great prices. A big thank you to the many customers that came along to support us and, of course, to our many volunteers who helped us run the event and raise more than £450. All proceeds are put back into supporting the library and its community activites.

Ruth with Plants
Colourful potted flowers

And we are especially grateful to:

  • BEECHCROFT NURSERY,
  • CHESSINGTON GARDEN CENTRE
  • CROSSWAYS NURSERY
  • HOMEBASE

who all donated plants to support our sale, as well as many of our volunteers who grew plants for the sale, and helped on the day..

 

mini cacti

   
A packed house for a Q&A with Ben Aaronovitch
 
Ben Aaronovitch Speaking Ben Aaronovitch Speaking 2

Best known for the Sunday Times Bestselling ‘Rivers of London’ series of novels, as well as writing two Doctor Who serials, Ben Aaronovitch energised a packed house on Wed 28th March with his stories about being an author and his colourful, and often frank, answers to questions from the audience.

 

Ben told the audience about how he went about his writing, how he came up with his characters, his dealings with publishers, the BBC and others in the book world plus a few interesting anecdotes about his interactions with his fans and his time as a screenwriter.
 

Ben's books can be borrowed for free here in the Library. You can reserve them online HERE

Ben Aaronovitch
Ben Aaronovitch Signing a Book

 

Ben gave his time for free as he is a big supporter of libraries, we're very grateful to him for visiting us. His blog is HERE;

 

Our local Stoneleigh Sainsburys supported the event enabling us to include refreshments in the £2 ticket price. Epsom Waterstones also came along to help us by providing plenty of Ben's books that he kindly signed at the end of the evening.

   
   
A "Fabulous" Creative Writing Workshop defies the weather!  

 

On Saturday 17th March, the Stoneleigh Creative Writing group hosted another popular creative writing workshop here in the Library. It was well attended, despite the snowy weather and the budding writers had a great time, judging by the positive comments left on Facebook claiming it was "fabulous" and inspirational. It's great to be supporting the creative community here in Stoneleigh.

 Writing Group Generic