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

Universal Class Logo
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.

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


A T-RRIBLE Tale in Two Languages

Natasha Chaoui, SCSA, Kensal Library writes:

On Friday 23 January we had a bilingual storytelling event here at Kensal Library.

Mr Paquet was joined by member of staff Silvia Sousa and together they provided a very enjoyable story session of Mr Paquet’s book ‘The T-RRIBLE‘. Mr Paquet read the story in English and Silvia then interpreted the story into Portuguese.

Reading the T-Ribble
Reading ‘The T-Ribble’ in Portuguese and English

Through his books Mr Paquet aims to promote literacy and bilingualism around the world, fun learning and a positive attitude towards reading, inspiring the next generation of young readers and writers.

The children who attended the event loved the story and were delighted to have the chance of winning a medal for the best copy of the character in the ‘T-RIBLE’. I have to say that the drawings the children made were really exceptional and Mr Paquet was very impressed saying the children had given him some new ideas!

The T-Ribble
Drawing the T-Ribble

We hope to have Mr Paquet attend another bilingual storytelling event in the near future, so watch this space!

Happy 50th Birthday Kensal!

We have had a wonderful start this month celebrating Kensal Library’s 50th birthday.  The day started with a special Baby Rhyme Time where we read some stories about birthdays and sung birthday themed songs and rhymes then the children were treated to milk and cookies followed by unwrapping a large birthday present containing, much to the delight of the children, Bookstart teddy bears!

Bookstart bears for all!
Bookstart bears for all!

Later on at the main event our customers came to help us celebrate with some African dancing and the children were enthralled with the face painter, Natalie, who created some marvellous designs and who, needless to say, was busy for the entire event!

African dancing...
African dancing…
...And face painting!
…And face painting!

Also popular was Ethnnie Farry who kept the children occupied with sewing some beautiful birthday badges.

Busy making birthday badges
Busy making birthday badges

A beautiful cake was made for the event by Gail’s Artisan Bakery and it really was the best carrot cake I’ve tasted!!


All three Golborne ward councillors paid a visit and showed their support for Kensal Library and Emma Dent Coad gave a short speech and helped with the cutting of the cake.

Cutting the cake
Cutting the cake

All in all it was a great event.  Thank you so much to our users for helping us celebrate and for signing our birthday card.

And thank you so much to all our staff who helped with organising the event and who helped out on the day and turned up in support and to celebrate with us.

Happy birthday to us!
Happy birthday to us!

Please take a look at our facebook page for more fab photos of our birthday party!

Never Lie on a Lion…

Just a quick one to brighten up your Wednesday…

Our Story & Craft session at Kensal this month had a lion theme.  We read Never Lie on a Lion by Alan James Brown and A Tinga Tinga Tale – Why Lion Roars by Claudia Lloyd.

After these fabulous stories we made equally fabulous colourful lion faces and the roaring was so loud you’d be forgiven for thinking there were real lions in residence at Kensal Library!!

Work in progress...
Work in progress…

Christmas wishes from Kensal Library – December 2013

Kensal Library is looking very festive: we have our tree and snowflakes up and some wonderful winter displays for our stock (which we have had to top up several times!). A Westminster resident who came into the library commented that Kensal was lovely, bright and fresh (thanks!).

Leanne Bellot, one of our Kensal CSA’s, has created a very cosy looking winter fireplace design to showcase some of our favourite festive reads. Thanks to Laryssa, one of our regulars, who helped Leanne with the display.

Christmas reads at Kensal
Christmas reads at Kensal

Last Friday saw our special Winter Baby Rhyme Time party: we read some Christmas stories, sang some classics like ‘When Santa got stuck up the chimney’ and ‘Christmas Pudding’ (accompanied by noisy rattles and bells!) and had a craft session making Santa beards.  All the children went home with a colouring book, a puzzle and a big smile.

Our last Crochet Diva session was on Monday 16 December. The ladies who come regularly to this event really enjoy the session and the company and have produced some lovely pieces of work.  For a couple of sessions they made jewellery and this proved to be very popular so watch this space for future sessions of jewellery making – perfect if you want to learn a new skill in 2014! The next Crochet Diva session will be on Monday 6 January at the usual time of 1.15 to 3.15pm.

Merry Christmas from Kensal Library
Merry Christmas from Kensal Library

All the staff at Kensal wish our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.