Health talks and Horses in the North

January got off to a flying start at the libraries in the north. We have had a flurry of health events and information stalls including a Stop Smoking information Stall at North Kensington and information, advice and free blood pressure checks at Kensal library, offered by the Stroke association and a big Community Health Options Day, run by the umbrella health organisation Healthworks, at North Kensington Library.

Also new for 2014 are regular drop in Health Trainer Sessions at all our three libraries. Kensal, North Kensington and Notting Hill. Please contact your local library for further details (the website has more information).

Earlier in the month we had a fantastic event at North Kensington Library– Charlotte Reed came to speak about her book ‘May the thoughts be with you’. It was fascinating to hear how after developing chronic RSI and leaving her job she decided to write and illustrate a book of positive thoughts. It was really interesting to hear about her experiences of self-publishing and how she has managed to turn her book into a full-time business. Charlotte spoke with such passion – it was a motivating evening.

If you’re interested to find out more, check out Charlotte’s website or pop over to see her on her stall on Portobello Road!

The children have also been very busy with our regular book clubs, story and craft sessions. Children at North Kensington library celebrated the Chinese New Year. Zvezdana Popovic, Senior Customer Services Assistant, writes:

Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse – began on 31st January 2014. The Horse Year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure and surprising romance. It’s great for travel as energy is high and production is rewarded.

Were you born in the Year of the Horse?
Were you born in the Year of the Horse?

In Chinese astrology Horse Year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. The horse is a hero in China because important battles were won due to their power and strength.

People born in Horse years (2014, 2002, 1990, 1978,1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906) are bright, cheerful, popular and fun loving. They find people and crowds exciting and love parties.  Horse’s childish innocence, sunny disposition and natural charm attract many friends. Usually they don’t need to struggle in order to succeed. Horses have a carefree nature and need ample room for self expression.

Horse’s earthly branch is the element Fire and its hours are 11 am to 1 pm including the heat of high noon.

Beautiful horses from talented artists!
Beautiful horses from talented artists!

Certain gemstones can influence your luck in the Year of the Horse. Gems, crystals and minerals can help channel mystic energies and vibrations to attract good fortune, love, health, and money. Lucky stones this year include moonstone, jade, topaz, alexandrite, rose quartz, pyrite and amethyst. The precious metal silver is also fortunate.

We had such a fun drawing horses and making Chinese New Year cards. I even attempted to copy Gericault’s horse for our display.

Drawing horses for Chinese New Year
Drawing horses for Chinese New Year

Please visit the children’s library at North Kensington Library to see the stunning display created by Zvezdana and the children. You can also pick up our ‘Whats going on in your library?’ booklet at the same time details all our special and regular events for adults and children.

Happy new year and for all you Treckies out there ‘live long and prosper’!

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