Kensington Central Library – April 2013

Kensington Central Library
Kensington Central Library

Hello from us all at Kensington Central Library! This month we’re busy with lots of events- so we wanted to tell you about a couple.

Drama Workshop with Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea

Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea in action!
Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea in action!

Today we had a fantastic drama workshop for children with Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea. Fifteen children had a fantastic time – they put together a fun-filled performance using dance, drama and music as well as learning about the 150 year anniversary of the London Underground.

After only a short-time the children felt confident to show their parents everything they’d learnt which was great to see! And we thought you’d like to hear what the children thought:

I enjoyed acting and performing to others.
I enjoyed learning the facts about the tube.
The acting was my favourite part.
I enjoyed all of the workshop and nothing could have been better!
I learned a lot of facts and dances.
I liked performing to the parents best.
I liked learning about the man who got a rat up his trouser leg!

Now – that sounds like a successful event!

To see what other events we have check out our What’s On page on our website. And there’s more information about Chickenshed on the Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea webpage.

Jodie Green, Lending Librarian
Jodie Green

Jodie Green

Lending Librarian

The Open University Information Event

The Open University logo
The Open University logo

On Monday 15 April, 11am to 6.30pm The Open University will be at Kensington Central Reference Library.

If you haven’t studied with The Open University before, or you have had a few years away from study, then this event is for you!

Come along to get answers to your questions about qualifications and modules, study methods and other aspects of learning with The Open University.

Just drop in on the day– no appointment necessary.

For more information about what they have to offer check out The Open University’s website.

National Careers Service logo
National Careers Service logo

If you cannot attend…

Did you know that we hold Career Advice sessions on a 1:1 basis every Monday at Kensington Central Library?

If you are aged 19+ you can book a session with the National Careers Service adviser.

To book an appointment please ask library staff or call 020 7361 3010.

There’s more information about how these advisors can help you on our Career Advice page on our website.

Sandeep Dhaliwal

Tri-borough Reference Librarian

Kensington Central Library – March 2013

Kensington Central Library
Kensington Central Library

Hello and welcome to our third blog post of the year. This month we thought we’d tell you about how new monthly story and craft session for children is going, some new displays and lastly something completely different….!

Story and crafts

Story and craft sessions
Story and craft sessions

Our new monthly story and craft sessions started in February – over to Haider and Gemma to tell you more….

The first session started off with great success, after finishing the short story ‘The Rhyming Rabbit’ by Julia Donaldson, we started with the crafts section of the hour. Both parents and children seemed to be thrilled by the idea of making their own rabbit ears, some parents more than their kids.

Haider wearing his rabbit ears!
Haider wearing his rabbit ears!

Gradually as the crafts section continued we had more and more kids and parents coming along to make their own set of ears, I personally believe my rabbit ears were by far the best, but then again a certain little chap seemed to have been the next Neil Buchanan. However all petty competition aside, the first story and craft session seemed to have gone off with a bang, having gotten back some really good feedback from the participators as well as ideas of what they want from the next sessions.

Our second session in March had a football theme – we read ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs United’ by Ian Whybrow and made footballers.

Haider and Gemma at our second session
Haider and Gemma at our second session

Our sessions are the second Saturday of the month, 2 to 3pm. Check our website for dates – we’d love to see you!

Haider Ali, Customer Services Assistant

Gemma Baker, Senior Customer Services Assistant

New displays

We’re really lucky to have so much space to display our books at this library. I thought you’d like to see some of the displays we’ve had to celebrate various things such as St Patrick’s Day, International Book Week and the 150 year anniversary of the London Underground. If you’ve got an idea for a display – please let us know via the comments section below.

London Underground 150 year anniversary
London Underground 150 year anniversary
St Patrick's Day books on display
St Patrick’s Day
International Book Week, 18 to 22 March 2013
International Book Week, 18 to 22 March 2013
National Science and Engineering Week, 15 to 24 March 2013 books on display
National Science and Engineering Week, 15 to 24 March 2013

And now for something completely different….

To celebrate Red Nose Day and to support Comic Relief, Kensington and Chelsea staff were asked if they’d like to take part in a RBKC Harlem Shake. We’d thought you’d like to see what our colleagues did:

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Even funnier (in my opinion) is the making of video:

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Hope you enjoy them too!

Jodie Green, Lending Librarian
Jodie Green

Jodie Green

Lending Librarian