National Hygiene Week

The Hygiene Bank is launching National Hygiene Week to help raise awareness that hygiene poverty is real for many of the 14 million living in poverty in the UK.

National Hygiene Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about hygiene poverty by bringing together thought leaders, community partners, grassroots organisers, schools, charities, and volunteers to contribute to the public conversation and increase demand for action so that collectively we are a voice for change.

What is hygiene poverty?

Hygiene poverty is a real thing and affects many of us here in the United Kingdom. This  link provides  very useful information about Hygiene poverty, what it is, and the statistics associated with it.  The Hygiene Bank have put together some good resources here, along with a series of conversations that explore the issue of Hygiene poverty.

You can watch this short video about Hygiene poverty produced by the Hygiene Bank, and this short Animation tells the story of Elisha, and how Hygiene Poverty impacted her life.

 

 

 

 

Dancing for Health and Wellbeing

If you enjoy dancing, it can be a great way to boost your mood and improve your fitness.  This week, we have some great inspiration that will get you in the mood for dancing to lift your spirits and move your body.

If you want to find out more about the impact of dance on mind and body, have a look at this article on the ultimate feel-good exercise.  Did you know that dancing can burn up to 600 calories per hour? Or that hip hop dancing boost your mood, lowers stress and improves your energy, similar to other more traditional forms of aerobic exercise?  Find out more dancing facts here in this article by Time magazine.  If you need any more reasons, Warwick University have put together this list of six of the benefits of dancing to get you started.  Finally, for some truly personal inspiration, here is a wonderful Tedx Talk by Kevin Turner who talks about how dance has impacted him as a person and his mental health condition.

Dance to Health are an organisation that have created these great follow along dance routines that you can do in a chair in the comfort of your own home.  These routines are designed to help prevent falls in the over 55s – another great benefit.

Wanting to burn those 600 calories?  How about this 15 minute dance workout or this 30-minute hip hop routine from Pop Sugar?

If you want to feel more confident in your body when you dance, we have found some great dance videos for everybody here, here and here.

Beginners’ Guide to the Gym

Whether you are a complete newbie, or just out of practise, we have some great resources to help you get back to the gym.

An easy-to-follow session to get you going.  This Workout for Beginners is full-body and only eight moves, but very effective.

Livestrong has this great and very straightforward  beginner workout plan for women.

Nuffield Health offer these beginner workouts to help you feel confident and get the most out of your gym time.

Just got your first gym membership?  Ryan King, Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach at the English Institute of Sport, gives you the lowdown on how to hit the ground running and get the most of your first few visits in this video.

 

 

 

 

 

All about us

A post from our Service Development Manager, Angela Goreham – about what RBKC Libraries have to offer.

R Research for a project that interests you
B Booking a PC, a place at an event
K Knowledge as we all need this
C Connect (to others in the community and the wide world)

L Lending items for your pleasure or information
I Information that will help you with your day to day or forward planning
B Baby activities and information to help new parents
R Reading – a core skill and past time in any format
A Access us at any time and from anywhere
R Resources – varied and plentiful, in different formats to suit different needs
Y Young and old – we’re here for everyone

Are you 1 in 840,344? Or maybe you are 1 in 515,004? They’re odd numbers you might say, but the first one is the number of times the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s libraries were visited between April 2017 and March 2018 and the second is how many items were borrowed during the same period – how many did you account for?

104 people from our local communities supported the Library Service by volunteering with us and over 40,000 people came to one of the events that we held.

They are huge numbers but we always want to beat our previous year’s figures so please come along to one of our libraries, find out what we can do for you and you can help us pass last year’s numbers.

There are six libraries within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – find out more about them and what we offer by either visiting us in person or our website or you can call us on 020 7361 3010.

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

 

Hot on the winged heels of Mental Health Awareness week (thank you to all colleagues and partners who helped get that information out there) we are promoting Dementia Awareness Week (14 to 21 May 2017), an Alzheimer’s Society initiative, in our libraries.  There are so many myths around Dementia and that is why we recommend the Reading Well books on prescription dementia list.

This is a varied carefully chosen collection consisting of evidenced and researched information books, alongside fascinating and moving personal histories. It also includes a children’s picture book to help younger readers understand beloved members of their families who have been diagnosed with one of 100 conditions that come under the umbrella of Dementia.  Check out the craft book for creative ways of engaging those living well with Dementia.  It is a helpful and uplifting collection.

The second initiative I want tell you about is the Dementia Friends sessions happening this week which are run by a trained Dementia champion. They are relaxed and informative sessions that engage us in such a way that unhelpful fears and misinformation around the subject can be openly discussed and real facts and practical tips on creating Dementia friendly services and how to reach out and support those living well with Dementia come to light.

There are Dementia Friends sessions later this week  at two libraries in our neighbouring borough, Westminster.  These sessions are open to everyone and I urge you to recommend them or even come along yourself:

◾Tuesday 16 May, 1pm at Pimlico Library
◾Friday 19 May, 11am at Church Street Library

Kate Gielgud
Health Information Co-ordinator

Lots happening at Kensal Library this month

Go Golborne

Go Golborne returned to Kensal Library on Tuesday 23 February for more fun, fruit, dancing and Handa.  The children were treated to a retelling of Handa’s Surprise and learnt all about the benefits of healthy eating with some delicious fruit kebabs.

Go Golbourne 2

Beautiful colourful bracelets were created and as one parent said:

“The jewellery making brought everyone together”.

Go Golbourne Braclets

In the February half term we celebrated the day when Teddy bears first went on sale, 15 February 1903 by making our own felt bears.  A lot of cutting, sticking and decorating later and there were some wonderful bears.  I managed to grab a photo of some of the bears before they all left to go to a picnic apparently!

Go Golbourne Crafts

We have loads of books in our library on bracelet making, these are just a few examples:

Our Easter story & craft will be on Monday 4 April from 3pm to 4pm.  We look forward to seeing you then.

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Spring Crafts

Spring was definitely in the air at Kensal Library on Saturday 12 March at our Story & craft session.
We made beautiful pinwheel daffodils.

Daffadils for spring

After much bending, stapling and sticking the children made some very pretty, colourful flowers.
It was a gorgeous sunny day and the daffodils really brightened up the library. Smaller versions will be made, to use on our spring display.

If you are free this Easter and want to do some paper crafts yourself or with children, we have loads of ideas in our libraries. Please see the search list for items and the examples below.

The next Story & craft session at Kensal Library, will be on Saturday 9 April.

 

 

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.

Choosing Beads
Choosing Beads

Selecting beads to create bracelets
Selecting beads to create bracelets

Showing off a Sweet Bracelet
Showing off a Sweet Bracelet

My Ladybird Bracelet
My Ladybird Bracelet

Showing off our Finished Bracelets
Showing off our Finished Bracelets

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 Libraries who guided and encouraged the children during the play.

Zebra Mask
Zebra Mask

Making Masks
Making Masks

Showing our masks
Showing our masks

Go Golborne is a local campaign led by the council which is all about supporting children and families to eat well, keep active and feel good.

Go Golborne banner
Go Golborne banner

We made delicious colourful fruit kebabs which are always very popular at Go Golborne’s events!

Making Fruit Kebabs
Making Fruit Kebabs

If you missed this event don’t worry, come along to the next one on Monday 1 February at 4.15 to 5.30pm.

Hello 2016!

We had a fantastic year in 2015 and I have no doubt that 2016 will be just as great. We wish all our customers health, happiness and success in 2016.