Summer Holiday and Building Works 2015

Another very busy year has seen the South London Sling Library getting busier and busier.  We know that waiting times at our Open Sessions can get long and we’ve been listening to your feedback about how we can improve.  To pave the way for more regular open hours and (hopefully) reduced waiting times we need to rearrange our spaces and improve facilities at 194 Beckenham Road.  We’re planning to do A LOT of building work over the next few months and so at times we may need to pack the whole Sling Library into boxes for safe-keeping.

We will definitely be closed for some weeks over August, and services are likely to be affected in September and October too.  Since builders are a law unto themselves, we have no definite timings yet.  We’ll let you know as soon as we have more information and will be contactable by email and phone if you need to check our availability.  We will keep everyone updated by email, Facebook and Twitter as works progress.

See below for planned changes to Sling Library services:

Closures to Advice and Hire Services August 2015:

The Library will be closed for all drop-in Open Sessions and Workshops August 11th-13th and August 24th-26th.   Hires taken on the 27th/28th July and that would normally be due back 11th/12th August will benefit from an additional 1 week’s hire free and will be due back on the 17th/18th/19th August (extended open hours for returns onlyapply this week – see the SLSL Calendar for details).

If you would like to extend your sling or carrier hire:  We are happy to pre-approve any sling hire extensions over the summer.  You can pay for hire extensions online via our website HERE.  For a 2 week extension, refer to your original hire paperwork for the cost, and update this in the checkout process when paying via our website.  Any hire extensions falling into a closed week will get an extra week’s hire for free and can be returned when we are next open.

Closures September and October 2015:

It is likely that we will need to close the Sling Library whilst major structural works are undertaken during late September/October; we will keep everyone informed on the website and social media pages once we have more information.

Out of Hours Advice and Shop Services:

Carrying Advice: 

The Sling Library will experience delays in phone, email and facebook messaging whilst works are ongoing – this is likely to affect these services during August – October.  When the library is closed, we may be able to offer emergency out of hours hires from Emily’s home, and/or advice by Skype but can give no guarantees on availability of this.  Please check the calendar on our Open Sessions page before attending any sessions to confirm that they are running before you travel.

Sling and Carrier Shop:  

If you would like to buy from our range and know what product you need, then please phone Emily to arrange a time to collect your purchase.

For more information on Summer and Hot Weather Slinging, see our blog post: Slinging in the Sun!

And have a wonderful summer! 😀 x



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Easter Holidays April 2015

It’s nearly school holiday time again!  Because we’re busy mums with children to keep active, the Sling Library will be closed for 1 1/2 weeks over the 2015 School Easter Holidays as follows:

OPEN SESSIONS:

The Library will be closed for all drop-in Open Sessions and Workshops from April 2nd – 14th 2015.  There’s still time to pop into an Open Session during March to hire a sling or carrier for your April carrying needs 🙂

CARRIER HIRE:

Longer-than-usual Easter hires will be offered from some March Open Sessions and Workshops at a reduced rate as follows:

Hires taken on the 23rd/24th/25th March: Will be for 4 weeks at 1/2 price (you pay the rate for 2 weeks) and will be due back on the 20th/21st/22nd April.

Hires taken on the 30th/31st March and 1st April: Will be for 4 weeks at 1/2 price (you pay the rate for 2 weeks) and will be due back on the 27th/28th/29th April.

Any extensions over the Sling Library Easter Holidays will be priced depending on the exact dates the hire runs for; please contact us for details.  You can now pay hire extension fees online via this page: SLSL Hire Extensions

SERVICE AVAILABILITY:

The Sling Library will be closed for all services between Thursday 2nd April and Monday 14th April – we will not be in the office or planning to reply to emails or phone/text messages during this time.  For emergency queries regarding existing hires only, you may call Emily directly using her mobile number on your hire paperwork.

On Tuesday 15th April regular Open Sessions start again, though email/phone support and out of hours services will be subject to increased delays for another week or so as we catch up on everything!

Have a wonderful Easter holiday and see you after the break! 😀 x


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Christmas Holidays 2014/15

The nights are drawing in, it’s definitely got very chilly recently, and we’re all thinking about Christmas!  To give us all a well-earned treat (and to allow us to do all those festive holiday things with our own kids), the Sling Library will be closed for 2 weeks over the 2014/15 School Christmas Holidays as follows:

OPEN SESSIONS:

The Library will be closed for all drop-in Open Sessions and Workshops from December 19th 2014 until January 4th 2015.  There’s still time to pop into an Open Session during the next 2 weeks of December to hire a sling or carrier for your winter holidays.  Plus we’ve got some great December offers and free gifts in our pop up Sling Shop!

CARRIER HIRE:

Longer-than-usual Winter hires will be offered over this holidays at a reduced rate as follows:

Hires taken on the 8th/9th December: Will be for 4 weeks at 1/2 price (you pay the rate for 2 weeks) and will be due back on the 5th/6th January.

Hires taken on the 15th/16th December: Will be for 4 weeks at 1/2 price (you pay the rate for 2 weeks) and will be due back on the 12th/13th January.

Any extensions over the Sling Library Winter Holidays will be priced depending on exact dates the hire runs for, with similar reductions for extensions over the holiday weeks.

SERVICE AVAILABILITY:

The Sling Library will be closed for all services between 20th-28th December, and the 31st Dec – 1st Jan – we will not plan to reply to emails or phone/text messages during this time.  During 29th – 30th Dec, and 2nd – 4th Jan we will be operating a skeleton service, including some email support and emergency out of hours hire appointments only.  On Monday 5th January regular Open Sessions start again, though email/phone support and out of hours services will be subject to increased delays until mid-Jan as we settle our kids back at school and catch up on everything!

For more information on Winter and Cold Weather Babywearing, see our blog post: Carrying in the Cold!

And have a wonderful holiday and see you in January! 😀 x


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Summer Holidays 2014

It’s finally getting warm and after a very busy year and a house move the South London Sling Library is finally going on holiday for a well-earned break! (Well we say a ‘break’, and the kids will be off school, but if you know Emily then you’ll know that she finds it very hard to sit still so while we’re closed we’ll also be re-wiring and re-pointing the Sling Library house, amongst other things!)

The Library will therefore be closed for all drop-in Open Sessions and Workshops for the month of August 2014.  There’s still time to pop into an Open Session during the last 2 weeks of July to hire a sling or carrier for your summer.  Longer-than-usual Summer hires will be offered over August at a reduced rate as follows:

Hires taken on the 21st/22nd July: Will be for 6 weeks at 1/2 price (you pay the rate for 3 weeks) and will be due back on the 1st/2nd September.

Hires taken on the 28th/29th July: Will be for 6 weeks at 1/2 price (you pay the rate for 3 weeks) and will be due back on the 8th/9th September.

Rates for 3 week hires are more than the 2 week rate shown on the Sling Library Catalogue pages, but you do get 3 weeks’ hire free so we hope you won’t mind!

Any extensions over the Sling Library Summer Holidays will be priced depending on exact dates the hire runs for, with similar reductions for extensions over the months of August.

The Sling Library will be closed for all services between 1st-18th August – we will not reply to emails or phone/text messages for much of this time.  During 18th-31st August we will be operating a skeleton service, including some email support and emergency out of hours hire appointments only.  From 1st September regular Open Sessions start again, though email/phone support and out of hours services will be subject to increased delays until mid-late September as both of us will be settling our children in new schools/nurseries!

For more information on Summer and Hot Weather Slinging, see our blog post: Slinging in the Sun!

And have a wonderful summer and see you in September! 😀 x


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The Sling Library has moved house!

A very quick post while I briefly have internet access (we’re not connected at the new house yet!).

The Sling Library has now moved house to it’s own fabulous rooms at 194 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, BR3 4RJ.  It’s not quite a central London postcode (we’re technically the first house in Kent – next door is still in SE20!), but it’s really not far away (only 15 mins drive from the old location) and is very easy to get to by public transport from a wide range of locations.  Have a look on our More About Open Sessions page for lots of info on how to get here and parking etc.

If you’ve got any questions then, as always, you can email info@southlondonslings.co.uk, but please note that we have no internet access and are VERY busy getting the Sling Library ready to re-open on Monday 20th so it may take a little while for us to reply!  We thank everyone for their patience and understanding & for a sneak peak of what we’re up to see below…..

The new house is wonderful, but very much a work in progress so you’ll need to bear with us at times over the coming months while we do essential works (like installing central heating, repairing the guttering, re-pointing and re-wiring as a start!)

The Sling Library rooms have been top priority since we got the keys a week ago and with the help of lots of friends and family we’ve worked wonders.  It’s not quite finished, but will be very soon and is a world away from the peeling damp and dirty wallpaper and holes in the ceiling that we started with!

Here’s just a taster of what we’ve been up to….

Here’s what we started with when we got the keys on Friday 10th Jan:

The way in and some of the walls (this house is in need of a LOT of TLC!):

The surprise bath that we didn’t know was in the Sling Library entrance (the house was so full of stuff when we viewed it that we couldn’t see this was here!):

So we did some stripping (in fact we had to take all of the walls back to bare plaster):

 

And building and filling of holes (and we took out the bath!):

And then it all went white! (We’ve used at least 40 litres of white paint!)

  

And we got carpets (and super thick warm bouncy underlay)!

And then on Thursday 16th we started moving in!

We’ve still got lots to do, and I know that we’ve not been able to reply to messages much over the last week (at least now you know why!), but bear with us while we beaver away and we hope to see you at our new home soon!

Emily xx


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