Party in the park: Unplug & Play!

To celebrate the launch of Go Golborne’s new Unplug & Play campaign I attended the party in the park at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, W10 last Wednesday afternoon. With the sun scorching down upon us there were lots of fun and freebies- and plenty of children wanting to take on this year’s Summer Reading Challenge!

Highlights included the Bubble disco- lots of interesting different coloured bubbles and delighted children running after the bubble man!  Also on hand which kept me refreshed during the afternoon was delicious flavoured water: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and mint (the raspberry was my favourite!)

My library gazebo was the most inviting, cushions, rugs and most importantly shade… I was there primarily to promote the Summer Reading Challenge’s Big Friendly Read 2016, and there were a lot of interested children who signed up for it.


I was joined by Alexander Da Great who read some stories and who also sang some songs during the afternoon.

By the end of the afternoon I was tanned, tired and pleased to have passed on information about libraries to many children and adults.

Other activities on the day included face painting, rowing, QPR footy skills, puppet making, hula hoop contest, lots of information about healthy eating and dental hygiene and free refreshments.


Children in the borough were handed Unplug & Play booklets – 45 things to do this summer and beyond! The booklet contains lots of ideas and activities to Unplug & Play and if you complete any of the activities you will receive a special Unplug & Play sticker.

The Go Golborne team will be at Kensal Library every Friday between 11am and 1pm for Unplug & Play Show & Stick sessions. Come along, show them what you’ve been up to and get some stickers. Remember to put down your phone and devices, Unplug & Play and come along to the library for some great books and fun craft sessions.

If you’re interested in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, please ask at your local library to find out more! And thanks to St Mary’s School for the occasional splash of water that came my way during your water fight, it helped me to cool down…


Natasha Chaoui, Senior Customer Services Assistant, Kensal Library




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