At our regular story and craft session we made these cute shamrock faces to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
We started with a template of a shamrock printed onto green paper and drew on a face and added googly eyes. Next we put a small amount of tissue paper and then stuck on the other side of the shamrock to make it puffy and finally tied a piece of ribbon around the stalk.
Hope you all had a great St Patrick’s Day!
Our next Story & Craft will be on Saturday 8 April.
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.
“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
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Kensal Library’s weekly Crochet/Knit group were delighted to be interviewed for our blog and very eager to show off their beautiful handiwork.
So amongst all the thread, needles, fabrics and the odd packet of biscuits we settled down to have a chat and examine the knitting and crochet work.
They all agreed that the best thing about the group was the friendships they had made and the social aspect, of meeting together and having a general chat, almost like receiving therapy! The entire group look forward to Mondays.
You can join the group at any level so you don’t need to be a pro or a beginner just come along and try it out and Tuula Petitlo the tutor will guide and assist you.
As one member Elizabeth said –“I learned how to cross stitch here and Tuula has been very good, teaching me how to progress”.
Tuula also took part in a successful family workshop at North Kensington Library in January; Harry Potter Hogwarts Scarf Knitting where Tuula taught some basic knitting stitches to some very excited children.
Faith Ndirangu who works with ‘Healthier life 4 you’ who help and administer the crochet and knit group explains that the sessions often include health visits from professionals e.g. Stop Smoking and Healthy Eating.
The group have also showcased their work at events like the Golborne Festival, the Portobello Christmas Fete, at St Charles Hospital and the Age UK Health Fair at Kensington Town Hall.
So if you want to join a fun friendly group and learn something new then this could be the one for you!
Crochet/Knit – Mondays 1pm to 3pm, Kensal Library
We have lots of books at Kensal Library and in our catalogue, to help you learn or improve your crocheting and knitting techniques.
By Natasha Chaoui
Senior Customer Services Assistant, Kensal Library
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.
Beautiful colourful bracelets were created and as one parent said:
“The jewellery making brought everyone together”.
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!
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.
Spring was definitely in the air at Kensal Library on Saturday 12 March at our Story & craft session.
We made beautiful pinwheel daffodils.
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.
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 Libraries who guided and encouraged the children during the play.
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.
We made delicious colourful fruit kebabs which are always very popular at Go Golborne’s events!
If you missed this event don’t worry, come along to the next one on Monday 1 February at 4.15 to 5.30pm.
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.