Christmas time at Blackfen Library 

Blackfen Community Library’s Christmas event at the end of November saw over 700 people visit the library in one day! While there they were able to see the Christmas choir, meet some Christmas characters and enjoy a visit from Father Christmas and his elves who gave presents to 250 children, before the Mayor of Bexley, Cllr Peter Reader turned on the Blackfen Christmas Lights. 
Children and adults are also invited to come along to the Library on Christmas Eve from 4pm-5pm to sing carols and enjoy festive treats while taking part in an interactive telling of the Christmas Story.

Blackfen library at Christmas

 Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, Cllr Peter Craske said; “Blackfen is a fantastic example of a community library really reaching out to local people in a number of different ways and welcoming them in. They run lots of different clubs and activities for all ages, as well as having a great café. Since opening in April 2016 the Library, run so ably by the New Generation Church, has gone from strength to strength.”
In October the Library held an ‘Open Door’ event aimed at community members who are lonely and isolated. The library team worked with local businesses to provide food and entertainment. Over 70 people were welcomed in to enjoy a fish and chip dinner, bingo, a quiz, live music from a local band, a singalong and even a magician. Everyone who attended was invited to Blackfen Library’s monthly Freedom Group and coffee mornings. 

The library is open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturdays, having increased opening hours by one third since becoming a community-run library.

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