#HarryPotterBookNight at Kensal Library

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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Eid Party at Kensal Library

After Kensal Library’s first Eid party being a great success, we decided to have a second one. The turnout was fantastic and brought the Golborne community together. We were expecting only 15 people but we had a whooping number of over 30! Continue reading “Eid Party at Kensal Library”

Welcome to the RBKC Libraries blog…

Kensington Central Reference Library
Kensington Central Reference Library

Welcome to our new blog, where we hope to entertain and inform you about everything to do with Kensington and Chelsea’s libraries! Sign up for posts about fun things that that we do, events that we’ve organised, what our bookclubs think about their current read, and more. We’ll also be posting regularly about our special collections, so you can find out more about the treasures we have on our shelves…

Mr Men and Little Miss Celebration

If you visited Kensal library on Monday 13 June you may have noticed the library had been taken over by Mr Men and Little Misses in order to celebrate 45 years of the Mr Men.

Our celebrations began with the story of Mr Birthday and brought forth chuckles from children and adults alike.

We had some great colouring in pictures of Mr Happy and Little Miss Sunshine while we discussed who our favourite Mr Men or Little Miss was or which of the Mr Men we were most like.

Thanks mum for comparing me to Mr Bump when I was little!mrmen2

 

We then made little gift boxes decorated with Mr Men or Little Misses and everybody got a shiny Mr Men sticker to put inside to take home.

 

After making our cute boxes we then played a fun game of Race to the Castle using different shaped buttons as markers.

Well done Rosemarie who got to the castle first!

We ended the event with some more colouring in and I am pleased to say that our display of Mr Men and Little Misses books were all borrowed by those who attended the event.

We have a great selection of Mr Men and Little Miss books to borrow at our libraries if you want to celebrate the Mr Men at home.   Here are just a few suggestions.

Mr Men Adventure in Egypt

Mr Men- Too Nosey

Mr Men- Sports Day

Try the Mr Men Race to the Castle here!

 

Natasha Chaoui, SCSA, Kensal Library

 

Kensal Library’s weekly Crochet/Knit group

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

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.

Kensal Library Blog

We had a great summer at Kensal Library!

The Summer Reading Challenge was enjoyed immensely by all who took part.  The craft sessions were popular and everyone had fun making paper dolls, sunflowers, crowns and paper planes.

Making Paper Crowns
Making Paper Crowns
Crown Hats
Crown Hats

Our crafts were tied in with the Summer Reading Challenges theme of Record Breakers, so longest paper chain, tallest sunflower etc.

Paper Sunflowers
Paper Sunflowers
Paper Chain People
Paper Chain People

Well done to everybody who read all six books and collected their medals and certificates!

Another craft that proved fun was our regular Saturday craft (2nd Saturday of the month).  We read a book about dinosaurs and then made a great squishy dinosaur T-Rex.

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs

One of the best events we had at Kensal this year was our Dormouse Tea Party, to celebrate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland.

It really was enchanting, with a beautifully decorated table and fun healthy food.  We had some nice comments from the parents and children who attended.

Sandwiches For Tea
Sandwiches For Tea
Full Table of Treats
Full Table of Treats
Eat Me Treats
Eat Me Treats

The children listened to some of Alice in Wonderland then we had some games and activities like making our own bunny ears, colouring in red roses and making our own decorated teacup pictures to stick on our drinking cups.

Children Crafts
Children Crafts
Bunny Ears
Bunny Ears

The children then sat down for tea, sandwiches, fruit tarts (with a squeeze of naughty cream) and fruit kebabs and juice.

Enjoying the Tea Party
Enjoying the Tea Party

We had five copies of Alice in Wonderland chapter books and five copies of Alice in Wonderland picture books to give away which were much appreciated.

Also we had a selection of quirky hats which was a lot of fun with everybody trying on different hats!

Trying on Hats
Trying on Hats

And look at the beautiful autumn wreaths we made for our Saturday craft session, gorgeous colours.

Fun With Leaves
Fun With Leaves

And of course our very spooky Halloween display!  I see Ken the Kensal spider has been busy over the summer eating lots of flies.  He loves our display so much he’s decided to hang around…..!

Ken The Kensal Spider
Ken The Kensal Spider
Ken The Kensal Spider on Ceiling
Ken The Kensal Spider on Ceiling
Spooky Books for Children
Spooky Books for Children
Spooky Fun with Monster Heads and Eyes
Spooky Fun with Monster Heads and Eyes

Record Breaking Reading at RBKC Libraries!

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Children’s Co-ordinator, Nick, writes… 

Since its launch earlier this summer, nearly 900 children have joined this year’s Summer Reading Challenge “Record Breakers” – so far! More than 300 young people have completed the challenge already, by reading 6 books and collecting stickers and other rewards along the way.

Kensal Library has been especially busy with over a quarter more children joining than last year, but not a busy as Notting Hill Gate Library, which has seen the number of children joining doubling since last year and more of these children have completed the challenge than they did over the whole of the summer last year!

It’s not too late for you to sign up to the Challenge and there is still plenty of time to read the six books – and get your medal for finishing the challenge. What a good way to finish the summer!

We’ve added some pictures above, highlighting all the record-breaking fun we’ve had over the summer.