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Queen’s Park Celebration

Henna painting at Queen's Park Library's Community Cultural Celebration, February 2017Queen’s Park is an area known for its diversity, and on Thursday 9 February we held a Community Cultural Celebration in the library which recognised the wide mix of people who live in the area.

The event – part of the Made in Libraries festival – began with face-painting and badge-making for the kids and continued with henna, Indian head massage and jewellery-making.

Chinese calligraphy master Mr Zhu particularly impressed the crowd with his beautiful translations of people’s names, and the evening was rounded off with some lively African dancing provided by local health and well-being group Healthier Life 4 You.

Mr Zhu's calligraphy at Queen's Park Library's Community Cultural Celebration, February 2017  Mr Zhu's calligraphy at Queen's Park Library's Community Cultural Celebration, February 2017

North African, Caribbean and Bangladeshi food was on offer, courtesy of local businesses Timgad and Guava Nights, plus the libraries’ ESOL conversation class. Not surprisingly this proved very popular! The library was absolutely packed with a mix of old and young, familiar faces and curious newcomers all keen to sample the activities. To say the atmosphere was lively would be something of an understatement, although fortunately the Learning Centre was available for those who wanted an escape from it all.

Picture from ‘Women of Colour - an Exhibition of Samplism’ by Toby Laurent Belson. Queen's Park Library 2017

Complementing the event’s theme was ‘Women of Colour – an Exhibition of Samplism’ by the local artist Toby Laurent Belson, which runs until 7 March. Toby’s vivid collage pieces, which depict women of the African diaspora, are stunning and make a visit to Queen’s Park Library even more worthwhile.

[Lucy]

The Queen’s 90th birthday at Maida Vale Library

Maida Vale Library is currently be-decked in patriotic red, white and blue for its week of FREE celebrations to commemorate The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The celebrations kicked off on Monday with the first of 4 craft drop-in sessions. The families who came along made some wonderfully designed crowns which sparkled in the sunlight as they left the building. One little boy was particularly pleased to be able to make another crown, having already made one recently at school for The Queen. The other craft sessions this week include making a 3D model of Buckingham Palace out of recycled junk, recreating the 2012 Diamond Jubilee’s Thames Flotilla of boats and designing a card or badge fit for The Queen.

The library is also hosting a Royal Teddy Bear’s Picnic for Under 5s and an Indoor Street Party with children’s entertainment and a visit from Zoo Lab with some of The Queen’s smaller beasts for the Over 5s – these events need to be booked though.

We still have spaces at some of the events, so why don’t you pop along and help us celebrate?

For more information, please visit our webpage.

[Ben]