#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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Willy Wonka hats: how cute are these!

Just a quick post with a nice Friday feeling: the children and adults at Kensal Library had great fun making these wonderful mini Willy Wonka Hats, one of our many Summer Reading Challenge activities! Why not take a look at our website and join us? Continue reading “Willy Wonka hats: how cute are these!”

Carrot cake & radishes: Peter Rabbit’s 150th birthday tea party!

To celebrate the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter we held a special tea party at Kensal Library . I had really been looking forward to this day as I am quite a fan of Beatrix Potter and her characters! Continue reading “Carrot cake & radishes: Peter Rabbit’s 150th birthday tea party!”

Party in the park: Unplug & Play!

To celebrate the launch of Go Golborne’s new Unplug & Play campaign I attended the party in the park at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, W10 last Wednesday afternoon. With the sun scorching down upon us there were lots of fun and freebies- and plenty of children wanting to take on this year’s Summer Reading Challenge! Continue reading “Party in the park: Unplug & Play!”

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

 

Dinosaur Douglas and National Smile Month

Who doesn’t enjoy the occasional lollipop or piece of chocolate?

Douglas the Dinosaur certainly does and we were treated to a retelling of his very special dental story at Kensal Library.

Led by Kate Gielgud (our Health Information Coordinator), our under-fives discovered what happens when too many sweets are eaten and teeth are not brushed properly. Everyone quickly agreed that they would not like the ‘beastly bugs’ that took over Douglas’ mouth and the thought of the dentist’s drill was far too scary for some. After all, no one really wants a mouth full of beastly bugs OR dental fillings.

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Each child had the opportunity to display their newly acquired brushing skills (“not just the front but all the way to the back – but definitely not down the throat!”) on a silicone model with one of the biggest toothbrushes I’ve ever seen! With some gentle guidance and a firm reassurance that everyone would get a chance – we soon had a room full of mini dentists.

Our libraries have a number of great children books that focus on the importance of dental hygiene – I’ve listed a few of our personal favourites:

‘Brush your teeth, Max and Millie’ by Felicity Brooks

‘Dentist’ by Simon Abbott

‘Going to the Dentist’ by Vivian French

‘How to Brush your teeth with Snappy Croc’ by Jane Clarke

“Remember!

Eat chocs and sweets just once a week.

Have milk or water when you drink.

Brush your teeth twice every day and spit –

Don’t rinse the paste away to keep the beastly bugs at bay”

Dinosaur Douglas and the Beastly Bugs by Heather Maisner

National Smile Month is running until mid June.

 

Leanne Bellot 

 

Kensal Library: What we’ve been up to!

Natasha, Senior Customer Services Assistant at Kensal library, writes…

It’s been a busy six months at Kensal Library, with a packed program of events for our young users. Below, we share pictures from some of the stand out sessions.

March: African Dance Session

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We had an African Dance Session in March. As you can tell from the photos, it was a great experience and everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed the music.

Mother’s Day Craft

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We made wonderful Mother’s Day rosettes in March and the children couldn’t wait to give them to their mums.

Bear Hunt in the Library!

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We had the bear hunt in conjunction with Go Golborne in May.  The children wore great bear hats and the hunt around the library proved to be as adventurous as any real bear hunt! All of this was followed by tasty, healthy snacks.

A stall in front of the library about healthy eating also proved to be very popular.

Mini Beasts & Creepy Crawlies: 

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In June we had a Minibeast workshop hosted by Holland Park Ecology Centre.  The children had a chance to hold and examine a hissing cockroach or a giant Madagascan millipede.  Lots of interesting questions and observations were made and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.

Now it’s finally summer and we are looking forward to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Record Breakers – which starts on 11 July.  Come along and register for great incentives and a super gold medal if you complete the challenge.Summer Reading Challenge Logo

Introducing Universal Class

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Over 500 educational courses – free!

Librarian Owen Grey writes…

Alongside Learning Nexus, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has recently invested in a fantastic new online resource for library users interested in the pursuit of lifelong learning!

Universal Class is a real treasure trove of online learning, with over 500 free courses to choose from, in almost any subject area you can think of. All you need to do is join the library (if you are not already a member) and sign-up online.

Subjects range from ‘Office Skills’ and ‘Psychology’ to ‘Performing Arts’ and ‘Finance.’ Each course comes with dedicated instructors, module based lessons, assignments and tests. You can sign-up and look for the course you are interested in anywhere, anytime: among the many benefits of Universal Class is the ability to learn at your own pace, and in your own time. This flexible approach is especially useful for those of us juggling multiple priorities in our day to day lives!

Of particular interest to existing customers of Kensington Central’s Business Information Point will be the online business courses, which are available to anyone wanting to study business, start a small business or need help with their existing business.

So – whether your interest lies in Mindfulness, Web Development or Creative Writing – visit our Universal Class information page and take the plunge! The service is completely free for library users. A whole world of knowledge awaits you…

If you want to find out more before getting started we will be holding introductory ‘Online Learning’ sessions during Adult Learners’ Week in June.

Dates
North Kensington Library: Tuesday 16th June 9.30 – 1.30
Kensal Library: Thursday 18th June from 2.00 – 5.00
Brompton Library: Friday 19th June from 9.30 – 4.30