Harry Potter, Magical Creatures and Architecture competition

Harry Potter, Magical Creatures and Architecture competition

Motivated by Harry Potter’s world of magic, history, fantastic architecture, myths and legends, we invited our customers to search for magical creatures, animals, gargoyles, saints, caryatids and crests on various buildings and monuments in London and take photographs. Since London has astonishing architectural features in abundance, to find lions, dragons or witches and nymphs, fairies … Continue reading

Happy National Libraries Day!

Happy National Libraries Day!

It’s 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 of books for both … Continue reading

Jewellery, Handa and Fruit kebabs!

Jewellery, Handa and Fruit kebabs!

On Monday 21 December Kensal Library hosted Go Golborne’s Fruity Jewellery making session.  The children were delighted by the beautiful beads and some truly stunning creations were made. Also a wonderful performance of Handa’s Surprise complete with animal masks was acted out the by the children and narrated by Kate Gielgud, Health Information Officer for … Continue reading

Let’s talk about books

Let’s talk about books

Originally posted on Books & the City:
Book Talk recently planned its programme for this year. What’s Book Talk? It’s our telephone-based reading group for the housebound residents of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. Among the titles to be discussed at the monthly meet-up over the phone are:            The selection is a great mixture…

Free Creative Opportunity for Young People under 26

Free Creative Opportunity for Young People under 26

Get involved in Trellick Tales, our new project for 13-25 year olds. Our latest project Trellick Tales brings to life the heritage of Grade II listed building Trellick Tower. This year-long programme of free weekly drama and heritage sessions will develop your skills in research, oral history interviews, curating and performance, which will all be … Continue reading

Stay Well This Winter!

We have blogged in the past about the ways that libraries are good for your health and wellbeing: increasing social and community cohesion with events and book groups, improving literacy and life skills, providing information about CV sessions, interview skills, job opportunities, housing issues and helping with digital inclusion with free online access through PCs … Continue reading

Christmas at Notting Hill Gate Library

Christmas at Notting Hill Gate Library

During this Christmas festive season, we wanted to celebrate the occasion in a way that it has never been done at the library. We had a very special visitor from the North Pole. Can you guess who it is? You’ve guessed right, it was Santa! The afternoon brought both children and parents together to listen … Continue reading

The Times Digital Archive

Imagine if you could pick up a newspaper from over 200 years ago and see what people were saying. Wouldn’t that be difficult? I mean, you would have to find a good reference library with a pretty decent collection of backdated copies… Surely, is there no other way? Of course there is, the clue is … Continue reading

Baby Rhyme Time: A Christmas Edition

‘Father Christmas, Father Christmas, He got stuck, he got stuck, Down the chimney, down the chimney, What bad luck, what bad luck!’ Luckily for our Father Christmas, Silvia and I were on hand to save the day! I am very happy to report that we were able to safely extract him from his brick prison. … Continue reading

Notting Hill Gate November

Notting Hill Gate November

This month Notting Hill Gate Library has been very engaged in new activities, such as having our first ever Story Time session. We read a range of books and even had a dance when reading “Were Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen. Our second Story and Craft session took place on Saturday 21st … Continue reading