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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
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!
The Open University Information Event
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.
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.
Tri-borough Reference Librarian
Have you heard about Cityread London?
Cityread London is a campaign to spread a love of books and reading to the widest possible audience throughout our capital. By choosing one book- A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks – for the whole city to read, discuss and debate, the aim of the campaign is bring Londoners together in a series of special events, across London and online. This year’s Cityread London campaign will launch in our libraries and across the capital on 2 April 2013.
As well as opportunities to borrow A Week in December (and other works by Sebastian Faulks) from our libraries, there will also be events for children, families, young people and adults in April 2013.
Cityread events for adults
Trains, Trams and Buses: Images from the History of Transport in Kensington and Chelsea – An Exhibition
Come and see images from the Local Studies collection. This exhibition has been curated by Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Library at the following libraries:
- Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 April, Kensington Central Library
- Monday 8 to Saturday 13 April, Brompton Library,
- Monday 15 to Sunday 21 April, Chelsea Library
- Monday 22 to Saturday 27 April, North Kensington Library
Creative Writing Workshop with Tamara Pollock
Wednesday 10 April, 2 to 4pm at Brompton Library
In this two-hour workshop led by writer and workshop director, Tamara Pollock, we will look at incorporating the theme of London in a short story. We will briefly examine the way in which Sebastian Faulks depicts London life in his novel, A Week in December. This workshop is designed to ease writers into the process of short story writing and to answer questions about character, structure and dialogue.
Places are strictly limited for this workshop, so please book your free place early at Brompton Library.
Legends of Underground London
Thursday 11 April, 6.30 to 8pm at Kensington Central Library
Antony Clayton, author of Subterranean City: Beneath the Streets of London, presents an illustrated talk that will uncover some of the colourful folklore of underground London including legends of secret tunnels and passages, pigs in the sewers and buried trains. Please book your free place to this event at Kensington Central Library.
Inconvenient People – Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England
Thursday 18 April, 6.30 to 8pm at Kensington Central Library
Sarah Wise looks at 75 years of psychiatry in 19th Century England bringing to light new research and unseen stories of contested lunacy. Exploring Victorian social history, she provides a unique insight into the sexuality, fears and greed of the Victorian middle class. Sebastian Faulks chose this as one of his Books of the Year (2012). Sarah did some of the research for her book at Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Library. Please book your free place to this event at Kensington Central Library.
Cityread events for children, families and young people
Drama Workshop with Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea
Tuesday 9 April, 2 to 3pm at Kensington Central Library
Age: seven to 14
Join Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea for a fun-filled, inclusive performance workshop. Inspired by the 150th birthday of the London Underground we’ll be heading off on an adventure exploring London through dance, drama and music. This is a great opportunity for young people to develop their performance skills using Chickenshed’s proven teaching methods and unique performance style. Places are limited so please book your free place in advance at Kensington Central Children’s Library.
Story and Craft Sessions – Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
We’ll be having special Cityread story and craft sessions for children aged four to ten at the following libraries:
- Tuesday 2 April, 2 to 3pm at Notting Hill Gate Library
- Thursday 4 April and Thursday 11 April, 2 to 3pm at Kensington Central Library
- Thursday 4 April and Thursday 11 April, 2.30 to 3.30pm at North Kensington Library
- Saturday 6 April and Saturday 13 April, 11am to 12 noon at Brompton Library
- Saturday 6 April and Saturday 13 April, 11am to 12 noon at Chelsea Library
- Saturday 13 April, 3 to 4pm at Kensal Library
We hope that you will be inspired to join in with this campaign in order to make London’s second Cityread has successful as the first. More details about how to book are on our Cityread events page and for more events across London take a look at Cityread London’s website too.