“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

Reading Well in Kensington & Chelsea

  Following the Reading Agency launch of the Reading Well Books on Prescription Dementia Collection on Monday 26 January, libraries across the three boroughs gave community and health partners, as well as members of the public, the chance to find out about our Reading Well initiatives, with collection launches at five libraries. The first launch … Continue reading

A T-RRIBLE Tale in Two Languages

Natasha Chaoui, SCSA, Kensal Library writes: On Friday 23 January we had a bilingual storytelling event here at Kensal Library. Mr Paquet was joined by member of staff Silvia Sousa and together they provided a very enjoyable story session of Mr Paquet’s book ‘The T-RRIBLE‘. Mr Paquet read the story in English and Silvia then … Continue reading

Local Studies & the Household Cavalry

Local Studies & the Household Cavalry

Lucy Yates, World War One Project Officer, writes: We’re lucky to have the Household Cavalry as one of our community partners on our Kensington and Chelsea’s Great War project and so we were delighted to host a visit from their representatives.   Soldiers were fascinated to see the wealth of material we had in our … Continue reading

Happy National Libraries Day!

Today, 7 February is National Libraries Day – are you coming to the library today? We’d love to see you. If you haven’t been to the library for a while, pick your nearest one and come and find out what we have to offer. Just come in and have a look at our wide range … Continue reading

Electric Babyland on tour!

Electric Babyland on tour!

Leanne Bellot and Silvia Sousa, North Kensington Library, write: A couple of months ago, North Kensington Children’s Library had several celebrity visitors: apart from Father Christmas, we had two very special, and talented, hosts for our Baby Rhyme Time session. Dressed in matching elf jumpers (it was Christmas!), Daniel and Robert (on loan from Chelsea Library, … Continue reading

Being bilingual & saving the planet

Being bilingual & saving the planet

Steph Webb, Librarian at Brompton Library, writes:   It feels like an age since it was all arranged but we finally had our first bilingual story event for children today! With the French lycéé just down the road and a large French community locally, it made perfect sense to bring them into the library. The … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Queen’s Park Library!

Originally posted on Books & the City:
Today Queen’s Park Library celebrates its 125th birthday. Queen’s Park is Westminster’s oldest library. The purpose-built library first opened its doors on 16 January 1890 as Kensal New Town Library, which was then in the borough of Chelsea. Although a long way from Chelsea, the area now called…

Myths, fairies and other magic from Kensington Reference Library

Myths, fairies and other magic from Kensington Reference Library

Maja Erhovnic, Tri-borough Reference Librarian, writes: In the 1960s and 70s London libraries collaborated to create designated specialised collections that would together form a remarkable London-wide collections net covering different sections of the Dewey Decimal Classification. Kensington Central Library’s subjects were 920 (Biographies) and 390 (Folklore and Customs). Although the idea of a centrally co-ordinated mega … Continue reading