Celebrating Mother’s Day every day!

This is a guest blog, in honour of Mother’s Day (March 30th), written by Kensington Mums, a local network that offers support, advice and information for Kensington parents:

Kensington Mums
Kensington Mums

Everything I owe, I owe to my mother’. This is one of my favourite quotes. To me motherhood is a dream come true. Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a Mum, to be called Mama and to have children of my own. It’s a true blessing. Motherhood comes with a source of responsibility and a sense of fulfilment.

The day I became a Mother was the day I said goodbye to freedom, and solo bathroom trips. There’s no instruction booklet for being the best Mum, you just have to trust your instinct. Teaching your little ones and letting them be the best they can be is a real challenge in life and something every mother will go through. Worry is inevitable, but it’s a learning process and with every challenge along the way there will be amazing ones to come. Its always good to remember that we brought our children to this world and it is our children that help us be the best we can be and help us make memories from the little things in our everyday ordinary lives.

At times, mums will feel alone, confused and loose their true identity as a women in the process. Motherhood has so many different roles and each motherhood journey is unique in its own way. During our Kensington Mums Motherhood exhibition which took place in June 2013, I met many Mums from all walks of life who shared their personal motherhood journey. This day should be celebrated because so many Mother’s work super hard all year round and rarely get the merit they deserve. So although I’m a bit biased, I’m down for it one million percent.

As a Kensington Mum myself, I feel I have so many different roles in my family. Mothers are multi-taskers. Nurturing and celebrating ourselves is the first step towards nurturing and bringing joy to others. We are not just Mums, we are more than a Mum.

A mother is ‘A woman who realizes that no matter what she achieves in life her child is the only unique achievement that marks her life’.

Kensington Mums aims to engage with local Mums to let them know they are not alone while raising their little ones. The best thing a Mum can do is to live the example of a happy, loving relationship, understanding that as mothers they are moulding their children’s views and beliefs about love, relationships, self-worth and the world around them. Off courses fathers also play an important role.

I hope you can all join me and other Mums to put the mmmm into motherhood.

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Kensington Mums is an award nominated social media website which supports Mums in their journey to motherhood. Our readers enjoy receiving the weekly scoop keeping them in the loop with local activities, latest trends and family outings. Kensington Mums also organises bespoke events for Mums and their little ones ranging from coffee mornings to mums night out, pamper events and much more…For more information please visit www.kensingtonmums.co.uk You can also find Kensington Mums on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterst, and Youtube.

 

Kensington Central Library – June 2013

Kensington Central Library
Kensington Central Library

Welcome to our blog post for June 2013 from us all at Kensington Central Library. Over to the staff to tell you what’s been happening here.

Fashion at Kensington Central Library

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Fashion! Turn to the left
Fashion! Turn to the right
Oooh, fashion!
We are the goon squad
And we’re coming to town
Beep-beep
Beep-beep
(Fashion by David Bowie)

I have been working at Kensington Central Library for one month now and have been enjoying having the opportunity to be at some great events!  The Fashion Design Workshop in the Children’s Library at the end of May pulled a crowd of fashionable kids who got involved in sketching designs, creating a theme and colour pallet for a collection, and even had the opportunity to be fashion models and dressers!

Our tutor was Jennifer Sturrock, who taught the children about lots of stuff including how fashion designers take inspiration from all kinds of places when creating collections – from butterflies to geometric shapes.  She also taught them about how to sketch an outfit to get across an impression of it – which included drawing with their eyes closed and behind their backs!

Sketching fashion designs
Sketching fashion designs
Gillian Nunns, Reference Librarian
Gillian Nunns

Gillian Nunns

Lending Library

Splishy, splashy fun with Barry the Fish!

'Barry the Fish with Fingers' by Sue Hendra
‘Barry the Fish with Fingers’ by Sue Hendra

At our last monthly story and craft session we had some splishy, splashy fun with ‘Barry the Fish who had Fingers’ (by author Sue Hendra).

Boys and girls listened to the tale of how Barry the Fish and his friend Puffer save the day. Then we made some pictures and crowns with an under the sea theme. Everyone had a whale of a time!

Sea themed crowns
Sea themed crowns

Our next session will be on Saturday 6 July at 2pm – hope to see you there!

Gemma Baker
Gemma Baker

Gemma Baker

Senior Customer Services Assistant

National Crime Writing Month

Do you like reading crime fiction? Well it’s National Crime Writing Month so to celebrate we’ll be having a new crime fiction display every week during this special month at Kensington Central Library.

This week we’ve concentrated on authors that have won the Crime Writers’ Association’s (CWA) Dagger in the Library award.

Crime writing display
Crime writing display

There’s more information about this book award on the CWA’s website.

Business/ self- employment advice

Dalgarno Trust logo
Dalgarno Trust logo

Looking for business advice or self-employment support? The Dalgarno Trust is holding sessions every Thursday afternoon at Kensington Central Library.

For more information or to book an appointment please call the Dalgarno Trust on 020 8969 6300 or email them enterprisehub@dalgarnotrust.org.uk

More information on this organisation can be found on the Dalgarno Trust’s website.

Jodie Green, Lending Librarian
Jodie Green

Jodie Green

Lending Librarian

The Open University at Kensington Central Library

The Open University logo
The Open University logo

Sandeep Dhaliwal, one of our Tri-Borough Reference Librarians blogged recently about The Open University coming to Kensington Central Library last month to deliver one of their Information Events.

Over to Sandeep to tell us more…..

The Open University Information Event on Monday 15 April at Kensington Central Reference Library

The Open University at Kensington Central Reference Library
The Open University at Kensington Central Reference Library

I am pleased to say that we had 43 visitors to this event with over two-thirds attendees from West London.

Two of the very helpful members of staff from The Open University
Two of the very helpful members of staff from The Open University

The diverse age range of the attendees highlighted that learning is a life-long exercise – people aged in their early 20s to the over 60s came along.

Receiving advice from The Open University
Receiving advice from The Open University

If you missed this event, there is another in a month’s time at one of our Tri-borough libraries:

Shepherds Bush Library Open University Information Event

Thursday 23 May 2013, 11am  to 6.30pm

Shepherds Bush Library, 6 Wood Lane, London W12 7BF

(next to Westfield Shopping Centre)

Just drop in – no appointment necessary and for more information please visit The Open University’s website.

To see what other events we have check out our What’s On page on our website.

Sandeep Dhaliwal

Tri-borough Reference Librarian