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Mama Codes Holiday Camp Monday 15 April 2024

Monday 15 April (inset day) 9am – 12pm.Coding and Robotics Camps for 4-7 year old and 8-11 years. Children will be guided to create their own coding projects to show off to you at the end of camp, and will learn the fundamentals of computer coding while having so much fun the learning is effortless.

Children will be guided to create their own coding projects to show off to you at the end of camp, and will learn the fundamentals of computer coding while having so much fun the learning is effortless.

Perform Easter Holiday Drama Courses: Rapunzel

Lots to do for kids at the Carnegie Library Hub this Easter and we’re excited to be hosting Perform’s dance and drama holiday course for three days in April: Wednesdy 3, Thursday 4 & Friday 5. Perform will be bringing the fairytale of Rapunzel to life in a song and dance adventure filled with fun and laughter. Learning songs, acting out scenes and playing games,  kids will unravel the wonderful story of Rapunzel, a feisty heroine who gets locked away in a tower in the forest. Will a passing prince save her or will the wicked witch get there first? Ending with a magical performance for family and friends.

Dulwich Festival Open House at the Carnegie Library Hub

Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House 2024 will be held on the weekends of 11–12 May & 18–19 May, 11am–6pm. We’re looking forward to being part of this year’s Dulwich Festival and are happy to offer free space for the two weekends to artists who can’t open up their homes. We are able to accommodate the work of five artists here in the Community lounge  at the Carnegie Library Hub.
We will also be serving teas, coffee & cakes and snacks so Dulwich festival visitors can drop in for a pit stop on their route round the houses!

Creative Voices Collective’s Exhibition

Thursday, March 28th, from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM at San Mei Gallery. You are warmly invited to the opening night of the exhibition, where there will be refreshments, creativity, talks, and performances. Over the past year, Creative Voices Collective has been funded by Arts Council England to deliver workshops and exhibitions exploring how the creative arts can support mental health and wellbeing, while also fostering individual artistry to create artwork that amplifies our community’s voices. This exhibition will be the culmination and celebration of the year’s work and everyone involved.

Spring Afternoon Yoga Retreat

SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Embrace the start of spring and some warmer days with this afternoon of yoga. Suitable for all levels, this focused afternoon will include a gentle but warming  Vinyasa flow class  and a supportive Yin yoga session with an emphasis on the breath, letting go of winter toxins and energising the body and mind.

Art for Wellbeing on Wednesdays! New Evening Class at the Hub

Starting on Wednesday 20 March. Art for Wellbeing Classes on Wednesday evenings between 6.30-8.30pm.
These sessions aim to help relieve stress, improve focus, gently release emotional tension and experience the language of Colour. 
No previous experience necessary and all equipment is provided. £15 per session 

Balancing Act Theatre Arts Wellbeing Walk to Celebrate Spring!

The team at Balancing Act are hosting a wellbeing walk to celebrate spring and the changing of the seasons on 7 April in Ruskin Park. Meet at 2pm at the Bandstand in the park before taking a walk, socialising and getting creative. hello@batheatre.com, www.batheatre.com or follow on Instagram @batheatrearts

Astronomy at the Hub

It was great to meet local resident, Dr Francisco Diego who is an astronomer and academic at UCL. Last Saturday he hosted small group of enthusiasts, and is hoping to run an astronomy class here at the Hub in the future, and that these might develop into more general community events for all who are interested in astronomy.

Outcomes from the Popup Cafe and Lounge and next steps

We had amazing support from the community throughout the popup cafe we ran last December.  Without doubt the biggest benefit was the engagement and enthusiasm it got from the community. We were able to explain firsthand the plans for the permanent community cafe and lounge but also explain what was going on in the Hub. Many visitors kindly filled in our survey to enable us to get a feel for the support and which was very helpful to plan for the future.  Significantly we also managed to test both community cafe and lounge formats both of which are designed into our planning permission and listed building consent.

Community Lounge Open for Bookings

There was tremendous support for our Community Cafe and Lounge Pop Up in December and we are looking forward to being able to make this a more permanent fixture. In the meantime the space will remain laid out as a community lounge; we have accumulated some lovely fitting furniture as well as more comfortable seating so that this beautiful large, high ceilinged room can be used for local groups.

The Carnegie Library Hub is humming!

Here’s our busy caretaker Callum signposting visitors to all the various activities last Wednesday – from packed Karate classes, to the relaxation of our monthly Gong baths our regular Hatha yoga class, and the quiet connections and conversations coming out of the Death Cafe, a one off community event. Our mission to fill the building with a wide range of classes, events and community activity is coming together. Get in touch if you have events coming up – our large, flexible rooms can to be rented out for a wide range of uses including catered events, kids parties, community groups, consultations, forums, filming, and exhibition space. 

Travelling Tales: The Carnegie Library hosts Gypsy, Roma and Traveller exhibition

Come and see the traditional Gypsy caravan in the Carnegie Library hosted by the libraries service.  This horse drawn wagon is known as a Vardo and wagons like these have been in use for at least 150 years. For Romani Gypsies it was a most valued possession. 
Your chance to look all around and into the spaces in which many generations of Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers and travelling show people lived and worked. Parked up in the library space so you can learn more about and celebrate the way these travelling communities have made unique contributions to the capital’s social, economic and cultural life.

Death Cafe comes to the Carnegie Community Cafe and lounge

Wednesday Evening 31 January from 5-7pm. A unique opportunity to talk openly and honestly about death in a safe and confidential environment. Death Cafes provide an informal opportunity ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. They are group directed discussions of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. People are often surprised by the touching, useful and quite often light-hearted conversations. As a society, we rarely discuss death, even though the inevitability of death is the only thing we can predict in life. A Death Cafe is a useful forum for everyone. For any human being, no matter what their stage in life, an awareness of the presence of death can help us live our lives more fully. Consideration of and planning for ‘end of life matters can lift a real burden from our family and friends.
Everyone is welcome and the event is FREE, but please book a ticket in advance. 
This is a discussion group rather than grief support or counselling session 

Yoga Hub at the Carnegie! 

The Carnegie Library Hub now has a full house of yoga classes every day of the week! Classes are growing as more and more local residents come to stretch out in the warm, beautiful  light filled studios of the historic Carnegie building that now hosts a wide range of of wellbeing sessions that also include include holistic birth preparation, gong baths and Reiki meditation. All booking and contact details are in our What’s on section.

Welcome to Les Petit Tigres – French music class for toddlers

Starts Monday 15 January 10.30 – 11am French & music for toddlers. We are happy to welcome this new class to our warm space at the Carnegie Library Hub! Jackie is a mother of one and started Les Petits Tigres French language classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers as a way to enhance her child’s learning when he was young and to share her love of French language and culture with others. Music is one of the most effective and natural means of language acquisition, not to mention lots of fun!