Marylebone Library’s knitting club was set up to introduce adults to the meditative art of knitting and to encourage seasoned knitters to share their skills with others. Knitting can bring about a state of mindfulness that many people find relaxing and beneficial to their mental health, learning a new skill can also build confidence and self-esteem.
We started an initial run of four weeks which extended to six weeks by popular demand and had a range of people attend with varying levels of knitting knowledge. Complete beginners were offered one-to-one individual guidance to encourage them to work at their own pace whilst others with a moderate level of knowledge were encouraged to expand their repertoire by learning new techniques and stitch patterns.
The group soon became familiar with one another which introduced a social aspect to the meetings and encouraged a further level of skill sharing. We hope the meetings were an enjoyable and educational event for all that participated and hope to continue in the new year with blocks of six sessions repeated throughout the year. We’re hoping to include crochet too.
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Angel at Marylebone Library
As any regular user of Westminster Reference Library will be aware we have an excellent event on the last Thursday of every month, a Salon for the City
Every month the salon focuses on a new area of London, and has two speakers offering their own take on their speciality. Initially only intended on running for four months, the salon has blossomed and is rapidly approaching its 50th session.
The events are sponsored by Hendrick’s Gin whose host, the marvellous Kit Cox is not just an amazing bartender who makes special gin cocktails for every occasion but also an amusing raconteur who delights the salon’s audience with gin based facts at every event.
As should not be a surprise to anyone, Kit is also an excellent author who frequently goes by the pen name Major Jack Union. For his latest book Morningwood, Kit decided to hold his launch at Westminster Reference Library and it was a wild success. Complete with cosplayers, Kit’s talk was engaging and witty and even revealed the secret behind how he chose his nom-de-plume (believe it or not, the fact that Jack Union is Union Jack is simply a fortunate coincidence!) Kit also spoke about the influences behind the book, from the fashionable streets of 60’s London into the mythology of a world of ancient deities.
Beneath the streets of trendy 60’s London an old and very cold war is about to bubble to the surface: Ancient feuds between creatures, long regarded as myth, threaten to spill back into the world of humans. Is it finally time for the Guardian of the early morning woods to step out of retirement? A ritual killing leads to a roller coaster world of espionage, brutal scooter gangs and mythical worlds as Mulberry Gale ,investigator with a point to prove, decides to call in a favour from one of the greatest protectors of humanity. Can Professor Early Morningwood (yes he’s fully aware) throw off the shackles of his self imposed exile and save not just one but two worlds from the machinations of an old foe? From the sleepy spires of Oxford to the trendy streets of sixties London and out into the wilds of Scotland It’s time to find out if this Old Goat is a myth or a Legend.
Collection Services Officer
Earlier this month, we were pleased to have Cinzia Delegate, an officer with London Wildlife Protection; she gave a talk to children and adults on ‘The wonders of nature’ at Mayfair Library.
This interactive and educational talk included interesting facts about wildlife in London and what to do if you see sick, inured or orphaned birds or other animals. The children were given ‘bunny ears’ to help them listen as well as stickers, certificates and vegan cakes.
If you’re interested in coming along to any library events, at Mayfair Library or any other Westminster library – check out our library events page.
[Staff at Mayfair Library]