We celebrated the wonderful world of Dr Seuss on Thursday 2 March which was also World Book Day so we had some children wearing great costumes in the library. There was a ladybird from ‘What the ladybird heard’, Catwoman, Woody from Toy Story, a spy, Spiderman and later we were joined by The Woman in Black!
Our first craft was making a mini version of the Cat in the Hat’s hat. Look at how cute they turned out!
Making a hat for The Cat in the Hat – step 1: colouring
Making a hat for The Cat in the Hat – step 1: colouring
Making a hat for The Cat in the Hat – step 2: assembling and sticking
Making hats for The Cat in the Hat
Making hats for The Cat in the Hat – Rosemarie tries on her hat!
Next we made The Lorax’s face from polystyrene balls cut in half which we coloured orange and stuck on eyebrows and a moustache made from yellow felt, googly eyes and a sweet mini pom pom nose.
Then everybody decorated and made some cool Cat in the Hat bookmarks.
Dr Seuss would have been 113 years old on the 2 March 2017! His books are still immensely popular and his quotes continue to inspire.
Below are a few of my favourite Dr Seuss quotes:
‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’
– I Can Read with My Eyes Shut
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
– Oh, the Places You’ll Go
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– The Lorax
Hope you all had a great World Book Day.
Natasha Chaoui, SCSA, Kensal Library
An intrepid and curious band of children and adults rocked up to Brompton Library to discover the ins and outs of designing cartoons from scratch! We were guided by cartoon artist John Byrne who in next to no time got us recreating and producing our very own masterpieces.
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Our old friends Canela Fina! delivered yet another great event for Brompton library with their chocolate event for children. We had a full house with everyone champing at the bit to get to the eating part of the event. Of course, that came at the end, so before that we had a history of where chocolate came from and how it’s made, all with graphics on our screen, and then the chocolate song with hand actions that was so fast in the end no-one could keep up with it… but had great fun trying!
Then came the part that everyone had been waiting for – tasting the white, brown and black chocolate before drawing pictures of the Aztec god of chocolate (I hadn’t known there was one!) and then, even better, being given two little doughnuts to decorate with chocolate sauce (white and brown) and sprinkles.
Well, you can’t go wrong with chocolate, can you?
On Wednesday, 1st February and Saturday, 4th February North Kensington Library opened its doors to Harry Potter fans of all ages and invited them to take part in a series of special Harry Potter Book Night craft workshops.
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“Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Who could resist Potter madness?
Brompton and Chelsea libraries certainly couldn’t and fully embraced the Harry Potter Book Night madness with magical craft sessions of their own.
We captured a few pictures from the events, take a look at the ‘mischief managed’!
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During Saturday’s craft session we made these very cute Valentine Bears. Aren’t they lovable?
Natasha Chaoui, SCSA at Kensal Library
The third annual Harry Potter Book Night has been and gone but we here at Kensington Central Library are still buzzing from the excitement from last week’s Harry Potter Extravaganza event.
Regretfully, the professors of Hogwarts were unable to find time in their busy schedules to come along to the event but did entrust us with some of their best prefects.
There was a lot of magical fun to be had, take a look and see what we got up to.
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On a drizzly, wet afternoon after school last week Brompton Library was pleased to welcome our friend Matthew from the Ecology Centre who brightened everyone’s day with the promise of growth and renewal by the planting of a pea!
Matthew was inundated with keen kids and their carers who were shown how to make an environmentally friendly plant pot with newspaper and a wooden press. They then added some compost and the seed and Hey Presto! – they had a seed to nurture at home.
In this part of the borough most of the housing is in flats, whether they’re in mansion blocks with their own garden squares or social housing with a local park, so many kids won’t be used to getting their hands stuck in to garden soil or watching their own plant grow from a seed to an edible vegetable.
Let’s hope that at least some survive (though I have my doubts!)
Many thanks to the Ecology Centre – the plant potters event is new to libraries this academic year and I hope it’s as well received at other libraries as it was here. See our latest events listing or ask in your nearest RBKC library for the next Plant Potters event.
This event was the perfect craft for Harry Potter fans.
We kicked off Harry Potter Book Night 2017 by making trunks like the one Harry uses during his stay at Hogwarts.
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Escape the tinsel, mince pies and mulled wine madness with a good book- tell the family you’re off to wrap some presents, disappear into the spare room with a cup of tea (or g&t) for a couple of hours, and let them get on with Christmas while you lose yourself in a bit of reading…
Yes, we have got the odd Christmas Romance…
And some familiar faces
But if you want to get away from the whole yuletide thing, try something different…
Or how about learning a few words of Japanese, Greek or Italian to wow everyone over the turkey?
We’ve got plenty of eBooks if that’s your thing!
Classics are always a comfort in times of stress
And if all else fails –
You can always go it alone
Merry Christmas everyone!