Come on in, the door’s open

Come on in, the door’s open

Nicky Smith, Enquiry  Librarian, Triborough Reference Service, writes:  ‘Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications’. There’s a snazzy title for a document that I’m sure all of you have pored over. Or maybe you know it better as the Finch Report. Or maybe you don’t know it at all? To be honest, … Continue reading

I believe in unicorns (and that books are magic)!

I believe in unicorns (and that books are magic)!

Last week, Kensington Central Library hosted a marvellous magical performance, by Wizards Present, of the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book “I Believe in Unicorns” Five classes, of over 150 children and their teachers, from schools in Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea were entranced by this fabulous story about how lives can … Continue reading

Party!

Party!

Babita Sinha, SCSA at Brompton library, writes: Just like last year, the kids at Brompton Library performed very well in the Summer Reading Challenge this year too. We had an extra special party for all those who completed the Summer Reading Challenge and read six books over the summer – A huge well done to … Continue reading

60 years of the Route Master

60 years of the Route Master

Owen Grey, Reference Librarian, writes: In Earls Court’s sixty years ago on the 24th of September the Routemaster bus was unveiled by London Transport. A brief story in the Times, Biggest Commercial Motor Show by our motoring correspondent from Friday 24 September 1924 speaks about its benefits-  but even then could not foresee how it would become … Continue reading

Summer Reading Challenge success!

Summer Reading Challenge success!

The summer holidays drew to a close last week and with it ended this year’s summer reading challenge…and what a challenge it was! We had Medusas at Chelsea, sea monsters at Brompton, yetis and unicorns all over the place:  all kinds of weird and wonderful fantasy creatures appearing across the borough.   This year saw … Continue reading

Our amazing volunteers help provide IT for all!

Our amazing volunteers help provide IT for all!

Owen Grey, Reference Librarian, writes:  Here at Kensington & Chelsea libraries, our volunteers do a fantastic job: this is just a quick update on the computer help sessions being run by our amazing helpers! Volunteers have been running sessions in Kensington Central Library for some time now. As time goes on not only are they … Continue reading

Sloane Street 1919: the Peace Parade

Sloane Street 1919: the Peace Parade

We’ve struck gold this week: a guest blog by our Local Studies Librarian, Dave Walker, with some personal- and local- reflections of WWI. Like many of the people who work in libraries, archives and museums I’ve spent time this year getting ready for the commemoration of the start of the First World War, looking through archive … Continue reading

From A-line to Zwinglian

From A-line to Zwinglian

There are many fascinating volumes in the reference library but a firm favourite for many is Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable. It’s brilliant for the cruciverbalist, writer, journalist, student, and quiz-setter alike, but most of all for the casual reader: once you’ve started browsing, you just can’t stop. Every page reveals hidden gems; you are compelled to … Continue reading

Your battle wounds are scars upon my heart

Your battle wounds are scars upon my heart

Elin Jones (Tri-borough Stock Librarian) inspired by the poetry books available in the libraries, writes: Some of the most moving poetry in English was written as a result of direct experience of the First World War. Here is a quick browse of some of the best-loved and most profound poetry of the era- and it … Continue reading