Record breaking crafts at Brompton!

Record breaking crafts at Brompton!

Brompton Librarian, Steph, writes: Here at Brompton we’ve had our first Summer Reading Challenge craft event presented by our ever-popular creative genius, Eithne Farry. Whatever theme we throw at her, Eithne always manages to come up with something new that the kids love to make. Record Breakers (this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme) was a bit … Continue reading

Fashion for the People: a history of clothing at Marks & Spencer

Fashion for the People: a history of clothing at Marks & Spencer

Reference librarians Karen and Gillian write: Recently, Rachel Worth, Professor of Dress and Fashion at Arts University Bournemouth, delivered a presentation on the history of Marks & Spencer at Chelsea Library. This post is based on what we learnt about the high street giant from Rachel’s fascinating and insightful lecture. From very humble beginnings in a Penny Bazaar stall … Continue reading

Are you ready to read?

Are you ready to read?

Join the Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge! Schools have well and truly broken up for the summer and several more weeks of long holiday lie ahead… what will your children be doing? Visit your local library this summer to see all the events and activities for children which are on offer. There are events on throughout the holidays, so there … Continue reading

The Chelsea Society discovers treasures

The Chelsea Society discovers treasures

Lucy Yates (WW1 Centenary Project Support Officer) writes: On 13 July, Local Studies welcomed the Chelsea Society on a tour of the archives. The members were particularly delighted to see their Walter Greaves grisaille watercolours of riverside Chelsea, which are stored in the archive. Plans and descriptions of Ranelagh Pleasure Gardens, once an eighteenth century … Continue reading

Golborne Street Festival

Golborne Street Festival

Gaynor, Lending Librarian at North Kensington library, writes… On Sunday 19 July, Sandeep, Margaret, Natasha, Leanne , Nina and myself manned a market stall at the Golborne Street Festival. The day did not begin well: rain and extreme wind made setting up the stall with bunting and posters very interesting! By the time the festival started, however, … Continue reading

Kensal Library: What we’ve been up to!

Kensal Library: What we’ve been up to!

Natasha, Senior Customer Services Assistant at Kensal library, writes… It’s been a busy six months at Kensal Library, with a packed program of events for our young users. Below, we share pictures from some of the stand out sessions. March: African Dance Session We had an African Dance Session in March. As you can tell … Continue reading

Chris Riddell Display at Brompton Library

Chris Riddell Display at Brompton Library

Christian, Brompton Library Customer Services Assistant, writes… Chris Riddell was appointed Children’s Laureate in June in recognition of his prolific body of work as an illustrator and writer of children’s literature. Originally a political cartoonist for The Economist and currently The Observer (check out his drawings of Putin on the Iron Throne and other disturbingly accurate … Continue reading