On a suitably sunny spring morning the Home Library Service held a ‘Spring into Spring’ event at Church Street Library for its members.
There were guest speakers and demonstrations on:
- falls prevention
- keeping safe in the home
- chair exercise
- hand massage
There was also the opportunity to use laptops and tablets to find out how to access library and council information online, and to get to grips with downloading free e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines from the library.
Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to find out useful information,(including transport options in Westminster) and to try something new. The chance to chat over a bite to eat was welcome as it is not easy for Home Library Service members to get out and about. New friends were made, phone numbers exchanged and members left with lots of information and new opportunities!
“Thank you for a delightful day full of exciting information”
“ We learnt many useful tips about various areas where help is available…”
“ Lovely… good company… most helpful with email and using my tablet…”
“Please could we have more events like this – I feel 20 years younger being brought out to this sort of thing!”
The Home Library Service will hold its next Spring into Spring event at Pimlico Library on 21 April.
Posted in Church Street Library, Home Library Service, Learning, Online
Tagged 24/7, Church Street, e-audiobooks, e-books, e-magazines, ebooks, exercise, Falls Prevention Service, HLS, Home Library Service, learning, massage, online, safety, transport
The libraries and archives are now closed for Christmas, reopening on Tuesday 29 December.
Services will be open at the usual times on 29 and 30 December, closing at 5.00pm on New Year’s Eve Thursday 31 December and reopening as usual from Saturday 2 January 2016.
Of course, while the buildings are closed the 24/7 Library is always open to help you with those Christmas quizzes, find the facts to resolve disputes, help with project homework and provide a soundtrack to the festivities. Borrow an e-book or two, browse through an e-magazine or settle down with an e-audiobook – all free!
We hope you’ve enjoyed the daily goodies from the Advent Calendar, which will remain online until 6 January 2016.
However you celebrate, we wish you all the best this Christmas.
We would like to wish all our customers a happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Our library services are now closed for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, reopening at the usual times on Saturday 27 December. We will close at 5.00pm on New Year’s Eve, 31 December, and reopen on Friday 2 January 2015.
As usual, even though the buildings may be closed, the 24/7 Library is open.
You can download library e-books, e-magazines and e-audiobooks at any time, so if you need amusement during the holiday period or if you receive an e-reader from Father Christmas, free books from your library are never far away!
And if you’re wrestling with one of the fiendish crosswords and quizzes often published at this time of year, need to settle a trivia argument with a family member, or indeed are studying for exams in January – don’t forget our fantastic library of online resources for library members.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Posted in Online
Tagged 24/7, Christmas, closure, e-audiobooks, e-books, e-library, e-magazines, e-reader, New Year, online, reference
As part of the RNIB’s Make a Noise In Libraries Fortnight, the Home Library Service invited some of our visually impaired readers to hear the celebrated narrator Gordon Griffin. Gordon has recorded over 600 audio books in his professional life, and gave an entertaining talk on the process of how a book is recorded – including a live performance!
Thanks to WF Howes publishers and to the RNIB, who provided a volunteer to answer participants’ queries.
“fascinating insight into how books are recorded”
“thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining”
If you’d like to hear Gordon’s work for yourself, you can find his Talking Books on the library catalogue, and download his e-audiobooks via our OneClick Digital site (see more information on how to sign up for free e-audiobooks).
Posted in Books, Home Library Service, Paddington Library
Tagged audiobooks, blind, e-audiobooks, HLS, Home Library Service, Make a Noise in Libraries, MANIL, OneClick Digital, Paddington, RNIB, VIPs, visual impairment
Councillor Steven Summers, Cabinet Member for the Community, visited Mayfair Library last Saturday.
During his visit to the library Cllr Summers met with staff and talked about the services provided by Westminster libraries to its users.
He was also very interested in the excellent online services on offer such as Zinio digital magazines. While he was there, Cllr Summers also took time to listen to the views of local residents and library users.
What excuse is there for a librarian to be hanging around the entrance to the library, chatting to anyone who’ll stop? Surely I had better things to do with my time?
I didn’t, actually. My excuse was the 24/7 Library Gala Day. I stood alongside colleagues in Paddington Library (thanks to them for their company), telling people about the 24/7 Library and all its joys: Checking the library catalogue in the e-Library; reserving and renewing; downloading e-audiobooks; using the exclusive online reference resources – my goodness, the list gets longer every time I look! It’s no wonder I was hoarse by the end of the day.
As if by magic, there was an impressive display of health information resources, including many available 24/7, just where I was standing. I had a good story to tell, and the bunting was very pretty.
Warning: similar events will happen in other libraries (look out for dates on the News & events page). The staff involved are harmless. Be kind to them.
Posted in Online, Paddington Library
Tagged 24/7, catalogue, David Oldman, e-audiobooks, e-library, gateway, health, online, Paddington, reference