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!


Want to learn Gaelic, or improve your IT skills? Learning Nexus: June’s online resource of the month

Sandeep Dhaliwal, our Tri-borough Reference Librarian, writes:

As a library member you can now improve your computer, business and language skills with online e-learning courses!

Learning Nexus is a UK based independent e-learning publisher and solutions provider. They provide online courses for anyone and everyone, on a variety of topics, so that you can gain skills and expertise, for free (apart from the languages module, which is £5 for three months use).

The course range addresses many of the skills and much of the generic knowledge required in order to be effective in today’s work and business environment:

  • Health and safety including working safely, stress at work, slips, trips and falls, repetitive strain injuries and safe manual handling
  • Workplace skills including time management, organising and running successful meetings, communication skills and recruitment and selection
  • IT skills including office ergonomics, use of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 including Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Project (2007)
  • Languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Mandarin, Welsh, Polish and Scottish Gaelic

The courses are easy to navigate: simply choose the course you would like to take (for example, Excel 2007); choose a lesson within that course (for example, Formulas and Referencing), and then go! It’s a step-by-step process, and your lesson is saved as you progress, meaning that you can return to it and complete it at another time.

Lessons on Learning Nexus
Lessons on Learning Nexus


Learning Nexus lesson- office ergonomicsLearning Nexus lesson- office ergonomics
Learning Nexus lesson- office ergonomics


Completing a course gives you a certificate of attainment, and allows you to see an overall report of your results.

Learning Nexus skills assessment
Learning Nexus skills assessment

Learning Nexus is perfect for small businesses, who want to boost their employee’s knowledge; or for personal users, who want to gain confidence in a variety of skills- perhaps for job-hunting.

Please find links to the Learning Nexus user guide, or for a demonstration of this resource- and others- at Kensington Reference Library please e-mail information@rbkc.gov.uk. A member of staff will be delighted to help and set you off on your own journey of discovery.

A full list of online resources which the library service currently offers is available here: http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisureandlibraries/libraries/onlinedatabases.aspxJuly’s blog entry will feature Oxford Reference Online.