Christmas overload already?

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!

ebooksxmas

 

Classics are always a comfort in times of stress

 

And if all else fails –

You can always go it alone

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

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Christmas has arrived at Brompton Library!

Steph, Librarian at Brompton Library, writes: 

Brompton has now swung into full Christmas mode! We had our first Christmas craft session last Saturday and the youngsters decorated little card Christmas trees with glitter and all manner of sticky things. Their parents and carers were delighted!

Glue, sequins, paper...Christmas fun!
Glue, sequins, paper…Christmas fun!

Elisabeth has created an Advent Christmas tree and adds a new box to it every day for the children to decorate (I don’t know where she gets all her great ideas for the kids!)

Advent tree
Advent tree

For the grown-ups we have our terribly tasteful Christmas tree complete with presents (library stock) underneath for the taking plus our hand-picked display of Christmassy books, CDs and films.

Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

 

Christmas music, books and more!
Christmas music, books and more!

For the rest of this month we have another Christmas craft session for children this Friday– please join us!

From Monday 15th December onwards the staff will be initiating the public who may be giving or receiving tablets and e-book readers into how to download our new, improved collection.

Blog post from the North – December 2012

Christmas Frieze at North Kensington Library
Christmas Frieze at North Kensington Library

Jingle bells, jingle bells,

Jingle all the way….

The Christmas season leapt off to a jolly good start at North Kensington Library when thirty tiny tots and their carers attended a winter themed Baby Rhyme Time on Monday 17 December. Customer Services Assistant, Ellen Pankhurst, who regularly runs the session,  led the singing and there was a special guest appearance by Senior Customer Services Assistant , Ishwari Prince,  who stepped at the last-minute to cover for Father Christmas who was indisposed. He has probably been eating too many mince pies.  All the children received a small gift from Father Christmas.

Some lucky children receiving gifts from Father Christmas!
Some lucky children receiving gifts from Father Christmas!

We have lots of lovely picture books, fact books and stories about winter and winter festivals on display in the children’s library suitable for all ages. We have Christmas classics such as A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Raymond Briggs’ Snowman and lots of other fun books like Horrible Christmas and The Snow Womble.

Christmas books on display
Christmas books on display

 

And now onto books for adults……

Erotic fiction on display
Erotic fiction on display

Following on from the phenomenal success of the ‘Fifty shades of grey’ by E L James the adult library joined in the Stella Libraries promotion titled ‘Between the sheets’. Books were selected from existing stock and some new titles were also purchased. Books literally flew off the shelf and staff had to use their personal knowledge of literature to replenish the display. Newer titles were included plus classics such as Marquis de Sade’s Justine, and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. For more information and a full list of the books included in the promotion see the Between the Sheets website.

They’ll be more from all our libraries in the north of the borough in our next post. Happy Christmas!

Gaynor Lynch
Gaynor Lynch

Gaynor Lynch, Lending Librarian

North Kensington Library