The Chelsea Blog – April 2013

Chelsea Library
Chelsea Library

Hello from us all at Chelsea Library! Chelsea Children’s Library has been very busy as we ran a number of successful children’s events over the school holidays. This month we’re starting a new mini series on The Chelsea Blog – some interesting  facts about Chelsea Reference Library.

Children’s events

Our events this month tied in with the London wide Cityread London campaign. This year’s book is ‘A Week In December’ by Sebastian Faulks. We tailored our craft events to themes in the novel.

Chelsea Children's Library City Reads
A London Underground bookmark

For our first event we prepared materials with a London Underground and football theme. Boys and girls relished making their very own designed bookmarks.

A football bookmark
A football bookmark
Another football bookmark!
Another football bookmark

And as you can see the results were impressive! The children then gathered around for a Thomas the Tank engine story.

Easter crafts
Easter crafts

Our next event was on the lines of an Easter egg hunt only this time we used miniature chocolate footballs. First of all the children cut out a card template and then assembled with glue a little Easter basket . This was then filled with shredded paper to resemble straw.

An Easter bunny mask
An Easter bunny mask

We hid clues for the hunt  throughout the children’s library  and   excitedly the boys and girls went off in search of the chocolate balls. We then read ‘Football crazy’ by Colin  McNaughton.

Baby rhyme time was exciting this month as it had a London theme  too – we all sang:

  • London Bridge is falling down
  • Oranges and lemons
  • Pussy cat, pussy cat where have you been?
  • Do you know the muffin man?

Everyone joined in and promised to come to storytime the next day where we continued the London theme – we adapted ‘Puss in Boots’ and  to a London setting and the Marquis of Carabas became the Marquis of Sloane Square  and the river in the story changed to the Thames.

Details of when our children’s events are can be found on the ‘What’s on page’ on our website.

Rob Symmons

Lending Librarian

Great facts about Chelsea Reference Library

#1.The Fashion Collection

 Chelsea Reference Library has an extensive collection of fashion books as well as a large archive of fashion magazines dating back to 1924.

Traditional costume
Traditional costume

The book collection covers a wide range of subjects such as costume and fashion history, regional and national costumes, occupational attire, military uniforms and different types of accessories including jewellery, shoes, hats etcetera. Our fashion books are beautifully illustrated and have great content. The fashion and costume collection is widely used by students from Chelsea College of Art and Design based in Chelsea as well as other library users with a particular interest in fashion.

Vogue Magazine - January 2013
Vogue Magazine – January 2013

Our magazine archives include Vogue Magazine (1923 till present) Harper’s Bazaar (1950 till present, albeit with a small gap in the sequence) and L’Officiel (1947-2001). We also have a small collection of Manufacturing Clothier (1973-1988) and Vogue USA.

More information can be found on our costume collection web page.

The Chelsea Reference Library Staff

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Legends of Underground London

Antony Clayton
Antony Clayton

As part of the Cityread London campaign, historian Antony Clayton came to Kensington Central Library to give a talk on the Legends of Underground London.

London is a city which is riddled with tunnels and passageways of all kinds from the “official” tunnels belonging to Transport for London, the Royal Mail and other institutions to the many secret passages under pubs and other private buildings. Not to mention those belonging to the so-called “secret state”.

Nearly a hundred people came to the event last night and enjoyed Antony’s erudite talk. We can’t recreate that for you but here are some of the images Antony showed the audience.

Morpeth Arms, Millbank
Morpeth Arms, Millbank
The 'so-called' cells beneath the Morpeth Arms
The ‘so-called’ cells beneath the Morpeth Arms
Crystal Palace pneumatic railway
Crystal Palace pneumatic railway
The site of British Museum tube station
The site of British Museum tube station
The former entrance to Kingsway telephone exchange
The former entrance to Kingsway telephone exchange

Dave Walker

Dave Walker

Local Studies Librarian
 

Further Information

Antony Clayton is the author of many books that can be found in our libraries:

  • Subterranean City: Beneath the Streets of London
  • The Folklore of London
  • Decadent London
  • London’s Coffee Houses

Cityread London

Kensington Central Library – April 2013

Kensington Central Library
Kensington Central Library

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

Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea in action!
Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea in action!

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!

To see what other events we have check out our What’s On page on our website. And there’s more information about Chickenshed on the Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea webpage.

Jodie Green, Lending Librarian
Jodie Green

Jodie Green

Lending Librarian

The Open University Information Event

The Open University logo
The Open University logo

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.

National Careers Service logo
National Careers Service logo

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.

Sandeep Dhaliwal

Tri-borough Reference Librarian

Kensington Central Library – March 2013

Kensington Central Library
Kensington Central Library

Hello and welcome to our third blog post of the year. This month we thought we’d tell you about how new monthly story and craft session for children is going, some new displays and lastly something completely different….!

Story and crafts

Story and craft sessions
Story and craft sessions

Our new monthly story and craft sessions started in February – over to Haider and Gemma to tell you more….

The first session started off with great success, after finishing the short story ‘The Rhyming Rabbit’ by Julia Donaldson, we started with the crafts section of the hour. Both parents and children seemed to be thrilled by the idea of making their own rabbit ears, some parents more than their kids.

Haider wearing his rabbit ears!
Haider wearing his rabbit ears!

Gradually as the crafts section continued we had more and more kids and parents coming along to make their own set of ears, I personally believe my rabbit ears were by far the best, but then again a certain little chap seemed to have been the next Neil Buchanan. However all petty competition aside, the first story and craft session seemed to have gone off with a bang, having gotten back some really good feedback from the participators as well as ideas of what they want from the next sessions.

Our second session in March had a football theme – we read ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs United’ by Ian Whybrow and made footballers.

Haider and Gemma at our second session
Haider and Gemma at our second session

Our sessions are the second Saturday of the month, 2 to 3pm. Check our website for dates – we’d love to see you!

Haider Ali, Customer Services Assistant

Gemma Baker, Senior Customer Services Assistant

New displays

We’re really lucky to have so much space to display our books at this library. I thought you’d like to see some of the displays we’ve had to celebrate various things such as St Patrick’s Day, International Book Week and the 150 year anniversary of the London Underground. If you’ve got an idea for a display – please let us know via the comments section below.

London Underground 150 year anniversary
London Underground 150 year anniversary
St Patrick's Day books on display
St Patrick’s Day
International Book Week, 18 to 22 March 2013
International Book Week, 18 to 22 March 2013
National Science and Engineering Week, 15 to 24 March 2013 books on display
National Science and Engineering Week, 15 to 24 March 2013

And now for something completely different….

To celebrate Red Nose Day and to support Comic Relief, Kensington and Chelsea staff were asked if they’d like to take part in a RBKC Harlem Shake. We’d thought you’d like to see what our colleagues did:

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Even funnier (in my opinion) is the making of video:

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Hope you enjoy them too!

Jodie Green, Lending Librarian
Jodie Green

Jodie Green

Lending Librarian