Saturday Story & Craft at Kensal Library

Shamrock faces for St Patrick's Day 2017 at Kensal LibraryAt our regular story and craft session we made these cute shamrock faces to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

We started with a template of a shamrock printed onto green paper and drew on a face and added googly eyes.  Next we put a small amount of tissue paper and then stuck on the other side of the shamrock to make it puffy and finally tied a piece of ribbon around the stalk.

Hope you all had a great St Patrick’s Day!

Our next Story & Craft will be on Saturday 8 April.



Dr Seuss Day at Kensal Library

We celebrated the wonderful world of Dr Seuss on Thursday 2 March which was also World Book Day so we had some children wearing great costumes in the library.  There was a ladybird from ‘What the ladybird heard’, Catwoman, Woody from Toy Story, a spy, Spiderman and later we were joined by The Woman in Black!

Our first craft was making a mini version of the Cat in the Hat’s hat.  Look at how cute they turned out!

Next we made The Lorax’s face from polystyrene balls cut in half which we coloured orange and stuck on eyebrows and a moustache made from yellow felt, googly eyes and a sweet mini pom pom nose.

Dr Seuss activity at Kensal Library, March 2017

Then everybody decorated and made some cool Cat in the Hat bookmarks.

Dr Seuss activity at Kensal Library, March 2017

Dr Seuss would have been 113 years old on the 2 March 2017! His books are still immensely popular and his quotes continue to inspire.

Below are a few of my favourite Dr Seuss quotes:

‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut

  “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
Oh, the Places You’ll Go

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– The Lorax

Hope you all had a great World Book Day.

Natasha Chaoui, SCSA, Kensal Library

#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.


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


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