April’s been a typically busy month at Maida Vale library. As the roof repairs continue above our heads (see previous post), we’ve reorganised our temporary home in order to welcome Windmill Montessori Nursery back to their usual location in part of the basement.
A replacement study area has been created for customers, which is located on the right as you enter the library. The daily newspapers are now kept on the magazine ‘spinner’ near the DVDs. If you need help finding anything, just ask!
As well as taking delivery of plenty of shiny new books and DVDs, we’ve seen a number of events and promotions in our library. The annual literature campaign, Cityread London, took place again this April, this year using themes from the novel A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks as a starting point for a month of events taking place across London. As part of our Easter celebrations (and in keeping with one of Cityread’s themes, ‘transport’) Simon hosted a children’s event on 9 April entitled ‘Going Underground’, where youngsters tested their knowledge of the London Underground with a fun quiz (eg “find stations with colours in their name”) and activity (colouring in a simplified tube map and inventing their own names for stations and lines).
The Easter fun didn’t end there though. As well as running two cartoon-drawing workshops, we had ongoing events from 23 March through to 6 April:
- For the under 5s we devised an Easter egg hunt. Eight coloured, numbered eggs were hidden around the library and participants had to find them all and match the numbers to the colours. On completion the youngsters received a free DVD rental voucher and were entered into a prize draw for the chance to win an Easter bunny toy.
- For the over 5s we designed a Big Quiz with questions such as: “What was this building used for before it became Maida Vale Library?” and “How many weeks can you borrow a book before you have to return or renew it”? Again completers received a free DVD voucher but this time they were entered into another prize draw for the chance to win a chocolate Easter egg too.
Then on 25 April we held another of our regular health events. ‘Spring to Life’ was hosted by health professionals who were promoting – amongst other things – the important connection between physical activity, diet and healthy digestion.
Just a typical busy month behind the plastic sheeting! And there’s more to come during May, including free bike checks with Dr Bike on the 25th. Keep an eye on our events page for both regular and special events coming up. We look forward to seeing you!