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Blue Anchor Library

Blue Anchor Library celebrates its 40th birthday

Blue Anchor Library celebrates its 40th birthday

Market Place
Southwark Park Road
SE16 3UQ
email: Southwark Libraries
Fax: 020 7525 6302

How to get to the library

Bus: 1, P12, 381
Tube: Bermondsey

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Opening times

  • Monday 9am to 7pm
  • Tuesday 9am to 7pm
  • Wednesday closed
  • Thursday 9am to 7pm
  • Friday 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday closed

Summer activities for children and young people - All activities are inspired by Roald Dahl

  • Puppets and Crafts Fun Make puppets of the Fantastic Mr Fox and the Enormous Crocodile. Children can also create masks of other popular characters. Tuesday 26 July, 2pm to 3pm
  • Mr Twit’s Decorative Beard What can we find in Mr Twit’s beard? Make the beard, decorate it and dress up as Mr Twit. Borrow and read The Twits for the Summer Reading Challenge. Tuesday 2 August, 2pm to 3pm
  • We Love Matilda: Trunchbull Training We imagine what it would be like to be taught by Miss Trunchbull the scary headmistress. Come in Miss Trunchbull costume if you dare. You can also have a go at making Miss Honey’s magic finger. Tuesday 9 August, 11.30am to 12.30pm
  • Stupendous Stories and Poems Inspired by Roald Dahl, told by Sandra Agard, the centenary Storyteller in Residence at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. This event is for children aged five and over. Tuesday 9 August, 2pm to 3pm
  • Impressive Inventions Create recipes for delicious sweets just like the ‘Candy Man’ would. Devise concoctions for marvellous medicines and think of a name for your remedy. Write a shape poem in a medicine bottle or sweet wrapper. Tuesday 16 August, 2pm to 3pm
  • The Big Friendly Readathon Roald Dahl books are great fun to read aloud so we’re going to read books together in a readathon. Everyone will read a part of the book and pass it along to the next person. Children of all ages can join in and parents are also welcome. Let’s see how big our readathon can be. Tuesday 23 August, 2pm to 3pm
  • James and the Giant Peach Come and celebrate Roald Dahl’s first classic children’s novel, James and the Giant Peach, written in 1961. Imagine what it would be like to enter a giant magical peach and the experience you could have inside? Make a giant peach and centipede mobiles. Tuesday 30 August, 2pm to 3pm

Children: weekly and monthly activities

  • Bookstart Session, every Monday during term time 10.15am to 11.45am. For ages 0 to 4
  • Knitting and Crotchet Club, every Monday 5pm to 6.30pm. For all ages
  • Chatterbooks, first Tuesday of every month, 4pm to 5pm. For ages seven to 11
  • Chess club, every Tuesday apart from the first Tuesday of each month, 4pm to 5.30pm. For ages 7 to 12
  • Baby and Toddler Session every Thursday 10.30am to 11.30pm
  • Baby rhyme time every Friday 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Family stories every Saturday 10.30am to 11.30am  

Adults: weekly and monthly activities

  • Knitting and Crotchet Club, every Monday 5pm to 6.30pm. For all ages
  • First Tuesday club for adults. A regular programme of talks and events. First Tuesday of the month, 10.30am to 12 noon
  • Blue Anchor library book group takes place on the first Tuesday of every month 7pm to 8.30pm. Please contact Christina Ojo for more information
  • Free computer classes and learning in libraries

 We also have: 

  • Books, talking books and DVDs to borrow
  • 6 adult study spaces available  
  • Photocopying facilities
  • Free internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi


There is wheelchair access to the library and a disabled toilet. There is no dedicated disabled parking.

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PO BOX 64529
London SE1P 5LX

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