Super September at Maida Vale Library

Maida Vale Library book sale, September 2013We’re now past the half-way mark of all the fantastic events which have been organised to re-launch the service at Maida Vale Library.

We kicked off Super September by holding a hugely successful booksale. Due to popular demand this continues in the library with the added bonus of everything having been reduced to half-price since Monday. Prices range from 15p and more stock is being added daily so head off down to W9 to bag yourself even more of a bargain!

Our first family day was held on Saturday 14 September with three fantastic events for children taking place, as well as a hands-on family history session for all ages. Songs, magic and balloons were provided by the hugely popular Mike Belgrave followed by live handling of animals from Zoo Lab. Cartoonist James Parsons set children the task of making a pair of x-ray ghost goggles later in the afternoon.

Zoo Lab at Maida Vale Library, September 2013 Zoo Lab at Maida Vale Library, September 2013 Zoo Lab at Maida Vale Library, September 2013

If you couldn’t make it, the next Family Fun Day happens on Saturday 28 September when Zoo Lab return with their animals, along with face painting and other animal themed activities. If you fancy learning some Salsa moves, Marion will be on hand to show you how it’s done at her Dance Along session – come on your own or bring a partner for a fun filled hour.

Next Saturday, 21 September we’re hosting a Health Open Day with lots of activities happening – including free hand massages, a stretch ‘n’ grow session for little ones, yoga for all the family, Dr Bike’s cycle check-ups and lots of health information from our friends at the Stroke Association and Arthritis Care.

The King's Revenge, by Don Jordan and Michael WalshWe’ve had two of our Monday talks, kicking off with the very interesting ‘The King’s Revenge‘ by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh about their book of the same name. It’s about Charles II’s pursuit of the men who signed his father’s death warrant. As time went on, the King’s mistresses took up more of his time and his appetite for revenge lessened as he got older.

That was followed this Monday by a visit from local author Linda Stratmann, discussing the Frances Doughty Mysteries set in Victorian Bayswater.

Still to come are two facinating and contrasting talks – the first to launch a collection of books kindly given by Arabia books to the library. Peter Clark, Margaret Obank and Barbara Schwepcke discuss the importance of Arab literature to the today’s English speaking world on 23 September. And finally, on 30 September Westminster City Archives will talk about their current blog project, which brings an extraordinary old handwritten cookbook – known as The Cookbook of Unknown Ladies – into the light.

Best of all everything is absolutely FREE, so spread the word and pop along to the library and have a Super September time!

Maida Vale Library banner, September 2013

[Ben]

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