Paddington Library has been busy recently. As well as seeing well over 300 children through the Summer Reading Challenge and hosting events for the Paddington Festival, we’ve welcomed South Korean nursery teachers, Sunday knitters and free copies of Jamie Oliver’s new book through our doors…
‘Save with Jamie’ hit the bookshelves and the headlines on 29 August with a national press release and ensuing media comment. Jamie Oliver is guaranteed to attract interest whatever pronouncements he makes! A free copy of his book has been donated to every library in the country, and is bound to be popular. The book attempts to do what it says on the cover - encourage people to eat healthily and eat at a reasonable price in an age of severe financial constraint. It complements the Triborough library services’ focus on the health of the community and we used the poster to create a display of this and related books.
Another approach to community wellbeing and straitened times is the new knitting and crochet group, which now meets every Sunday from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm.
Members of the group bring their own materials, needles and wool. It’s just the ticket when every one has to tighten their belts and watch the pennies to make ends meet . The group also has a social function with group members chatting to each other while they knit. Many thanks to Chus, our senior library assistant for setting up the club.
The library occasionally hosts visits from librarians, educationalists and even a TV crew making a film about youth engagement for the South Korean National Assembly. We recently received a request from a group of nursery teachers who were on a fact finding visit to London to see how we run our services for the very young. The group and their interpreter attended a lively Unders 5’s session and I gave them a briefing about the Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge and our class visits programme. They took some Creepy House items back home as a memento.
This is only a brief taste of what we’ve been up to recently – come in and see us or take a look at our News & Events page to see what’s coming up next!