Dog shows and downpours

Community spirit was alive and well last weekend at the WECH (Walterton and Elgin Community Homes) Summer Festival in Tamplin Mews, despite occasional downpours doing their best to dampen the proceedings.

Kate, the Westminster Libraries Health Information Co-ordinator, started the day by helping Crissie Chambers run the Harrow Road Ward Dog show. Crissie regularly runs sessions in Westminster Libraries tackling fear of dogs and responsible dog ownership.

Josefine and her rosette!The show was well attended and many library users brought their canine companions to try their luck. One of Kate’s own dogs, Josefine, won second place in the ‘Miss Diva’ category, impressing judge Councillor McKie with her ability to ‘shake hands’ and ‘lie down’!

After the dog show it was off to Queen’s Park Library to link up with Manager Hugh and Bengali Outreach worker Sultana.

Hugh and Sultana at the WECH Summer FestivalTogether they brought library leaflets, including Summer Reading Challenge publicity, and ex-library books and DVDs for sale and set up a stall at the festival. Kate was also promoting the Health Information Project in Westminster Libraries, handing out flyers with upcoming health events to members of the public. The festival seemed to have something for everyone, a climbing wall, a steel band, a children’s entertainer, henna artists, Chinese massage (very relaxing), wonderful Thai and Caribbean food…

It was great to see so many familiar faces, adult and children library users – it was a very happy and busy day and the sun even came out a few times :-). Look out for the library service at other summer events coming up – whatever the weather!

[Kate]

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