See what Steve Biko, RuPaul, Malcolm X, J. K. Rowling, Jimi Hendrix, Lauren Bacall, Tove Jansson, David Attenborough and many others mean to members of staff, learn more about them from their biographies – and see if we have a book about your own inspiring figure in our collection. With around 85,000 titles spanning two centuries of publishing, there is a good chance we do!
Mzu chose: Steve Biko
Bantu Stephen Biko…popularly known as Steve Biko. Apart from teaching us that democracy is something to fight for, constantly, my inspiration,
Steve Biko, a South African anti-apartheid activist (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977), was known for his slogan ‘black is beautiful’, which he
described as meaning ‘you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being.’ He fully understood that the foundation of any true
liberation is self-love.
Fani chose: Helen Keller
I would like to suggest one of my favourite authors, Helen Keller because this woman overcame her dual disability and managed to live the life that she dreamt without barriers. I love the below words from her: ‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart’.
Katie chose: Patrick Leigh Fermor
Adventurer, polyglot, lover of people and nature, Leigh Fermor explored the world and wrote about its beauty. His ‘Time of Gifts’ books feature his walking journey from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople and he has written many delightful books on his daring exploits and travels.
Nina chose: David Attenborough
The most inspiring man who seems capable of uniting the whole world. People from all over the globe have grown up to the sound of his husky voice telling them about the weird and wonderful things that exist in nature, and many were made aware of dangers that threaten them though watching his programmes. He is a man so universally liked that I have no doubt he would be chosen as the President of the World if such a role existed.
If you’re nearby, do pop into the library and take a look at the display – we’re sure you’ll be inspired too.
Hello to you all from the staff at Kensington Central Library. It’s been yet another busy month here and we’ve lots to tell you about from displays, to events to service changes.
We decided to honour the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with a display of some of the many books we have in stock on this landmark TV series. 50 years! How did that happen? A blink of an eye for a Time Lord but a half century for us humans.
I have distinct childhood memories of the Doctor’s adventures through space and time, beamed to me via an old three channel Radio Rentals TV (Google it kids!) that stood in one corner of my childhood home. There are the Daleks of course but also the Cybermen as well as the dreaded, and to a six or seven year old me, utterly terrifying Sea Devils. “My” Doctor was Jon Pertwee, the dandy and expert in Venusian Aikido. Favourite Pertwee episode, “The Green Death” the one with the giant maggots!
Amazingly for such a popular and innovative show it was axed by the BBC for a number of years, a relief to me as it seemed that the later incarnations of the Doctor lacked punch and the storylines were laughable. Now of course it is hard to imagine the show being absent from the schedules given that new life has been breathed into the franchise once more. Eccleston, Tennant, Smith and now Malcom Tucker!
Who would have thought?
Senior Customer Services Assistant
London History Festival 2013
We’re really lucky to host the London History Festival for the fifth time at Kensington Central Library – it’s such a fantastic opportunity to hear about our history spoken and debated about with such passion. Last week we had Sir Max Hastings speak about the First World War and Dan Snow and Marc Morris talk about medieval England.
Next week there are three events and a few tickets are still available:
Monday 25 November (TONIGHT!) – Antonia Fraser talks about The Great Reform Bill of 1832
Tuesday 26 November – Saul David and Col. Stuart Tootal discuss the British Army and its soldiers
Thursday 28 November – Artemis Cooper talks about the life and times of writer Patrick Leigh Fermor
There are more details on our events page – hope to see you there!
Doris Lessing display
John F. Kennedy display
More new book displays this month include tributes to Doris Lessing and John F. Kennedy. Both these displays have items from our Biography Collection.
Biography Collection – temporarily closed
And speaking of which – we will be getting new shelving in the basement where this collection is housed so we won’t be able to retrieve any items from later this month until February 2014. We’re really sorry for any inconvenience caused. Please speak to a member of staff if you need more information.