A City Reads “Rivers of London”

“Good afternoon. My name’s Peter Grant, I’m from the police and this is my colleague Beverley Brook, who’s a river in south London.” Rivers of London, p146 April in Libraries means CityRead, a London-wide book club, and this year’s book is the aptly named ‘Rivers of London.’ Part police procedural, part high fantasy complete with … Continue reading

A Visit to Gosh!

David, Customer Services Assistant at Brompton library, writes: Friday the 13th is usually said to be unlucky, although it usually turns out alright for me personally. The last one was no exception, as I was given the enviable task of visiting Gosh!, a Graphic Novel institution located in Berwick Street, in deepest Soho, to see … Continue reading

Celebrating 150 years of Portobello and Golborne Market

Andy Norton, North Kensington library, writes: Last Friday we spent an afternoon at Portobello Road Market, celebrating 150 years of local markets and promoting our own markets-inspired writing competition (more on that, below). Despite the cold, the market was bustling and many residents stopped by to look at our photos, which showed the market from … Continue reading

Brompton’s Bug Ball Blog!

Stephanie, Brompton Librarian, writes: “And a happy time we’ll have there, one and all At the ugly bug ball” Well, they certainly did! Brompton hosted Holland Park Ecology Centre’s children’s event with what the Ecology Centre call “exotic invertebrates” but most of us would call creepy crawlies or, perhaps a little more kindly, minibeasts. Fiona … Continue reading

Introducing the “Library Anywhere” Mobile App

Have you ever had that sinking feeling – perhaps in the middle of a holiday – as you realise you’ve forgotten to renew your library books? Do you find yourself wondering if the interesting-yet-obscure book you just discovered at a friend’s house, or in a shop, is in stock at your local library? All this could be a thing … Continue reading

AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER

Katie Collis, Brompton Library, writes: Here at Brompton Library we thought it would be fitting to celebrate the life of Sir Terry Pratchett, whose books were loved by millions of people all over the world. I asked the staff at Brompton which books they particularly liked and, not surprisingly, I had very different responses.  Christian: “As a kid I … Continue reading

Celebrating World Book Day with Jeremy Strong

Stephanie Webb, Lending Librarian, writes: Now in its 17th year, World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators and books and most importantly reading. Across the Triborough area it is a major event in the school year and we at Kensington Central Library were privileged to host the multiple award-winning children’s author Jeremy Strong. His … Continue reading

Chatterbooks at Brompton library

Stephanie Webb, Lending Librarian at Brompton Library, writes: The Chatterbooks session on Monday 9 March was both a happy and a sad occasion as it was the last one led by Babita Sinha. Babita is leaving at the end of March and has led Chatterbooks here at Brompton for five years and before that at Chelsea … Continue reading

“You’re a Wizard, Harry”

Leanne Bellot, CSA North Kensington Library, writes: On Thursday 5th February 2015, North Kensington Library joined the thousands of Muggles, Witches, and Wizards that convened across the UK to celebrate the very first Harry Potter Book Night. Unbelievably, it has been seventeen years since the first publication of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. In … Continue reading