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

Brompton’s Bumper Baby Sessions

Brompton’s Bumper Baby Sessions

Brompton Librarian, Steph, writes…. This was a bumper week for Brompton’s toddlers! As Katie (our Rhyme Time queen) had been laid low with a chest infection, on Monday we drafted in a support act in the shape of Daniel from Chelsea who gave us an “unplugged” Electric Babyland session backed up by Ashraf on tambourine … Continue reading

Bringing Books to Life at Brompton’s Chatterbooks

Bringing Books to Life at Brompton’s Chatterbooks

Brompton Librarian, Steph, writes… As you all know, Chatterbooks is the monthly reading group for 8 to 12 yr olds and is a forum for young book lovers to discuss and discover authors and titles they have enjoyed. At this week’s session we concentrated on the “discovering” as we explored the weird but decidedly wonderful world … Continue reading

Kensington and Chelsea’s Great War: Online Guided Tour

Kensington and Chelsea’s Great War: Online Guided Tour

Lucy Yates, WW1 Centenary Project Support Officer, writes…. Do you know where shrapnel fell on Kensington during the First World War? That the Suffragettes started a nursery for WWI orphans near Notting Hill, or why Rodin gave eighteen of his sculptures to the V&A during the war? You can find out all this and more by downloading the interactive … Continue reading

Author event with Sangeeta Bhadra

Author event with Sangeeta Bhadra

Senior Customer Services Assistant, Nahid, writes… Both children and parents were delighted by a reading of “Sam’s Pet Temper” by author Sangeeta Bhadra at Notting Hill Gate and Kensington Central libraries on Saturday 30 May. In the story Sam’s temper is initially great company, and so he decides to take it home as a pet. … Continue reading