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

150 Years of the Hammersmith & City  

Originally posted on Books & the City:
There are more than 20 libraries in ‘Triborough’ (the combined library services of the City of Westminster, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham). Usually the easiest and fastest way to get to each of them is to use the…

The lamps are going out all over Europe…

The lamps are going out all over Europe…

The Times newspaper of the 5th August 1914 gives a sense of the emotion that gripped the country after Britain declared war on Germany on the 4th August. Crowds pack out Central London waiting for the announcement, and the atmosphere is electric: cheering, demonstrations, patriotic singing, and the royal family appears on the balcony of Buckingham … Continue reading

Mythical Maze monsters come alive!

Mythical Maze monsters come alive!

At Brompton Library we’re holding regular Mythical Maze iPad sessions every Thursday 3.30 to 5pm so the kids can use our lovely new iPads to play with the Mythical Maze augmented reality app! You can download the app onto any smart device to make the mythical monsters come alive and tell their story. Kids love … Continue reading