Church Street Library held its ‘New Year, New You’ event on 18 January, offering customers the opportunity to try something out of the ordinary for 2017. We certainly provided that, attracting a large number of visitors over the course of the day.
The day unfolded as the three floored library transformed into zones. The ground floor lending library became the Body and Mind Zone, offering customers a full body MOT, stop smoking advice, healthy eating tips, with health food store Nature Intended providing freebies. Our local Post Office was there too. We also had Westminster Registrars on hand to talk about the Nationality Checking Service. Heavenly music from the London Maritime Quintet filled the air. In total we had 15 stalls sharing the space.
One floor down, the Chillax and Breathe Zone filled with nine complementary therapy stalls, delivering foot and head massage, facial threading, hand massage and beauty pampering through to henna hand art.
The Community Space was renamed the Active Zone for the day, hosting modern dance and a local line dancing crew managed by Pina; the Learning Centre became the Learn Something New Zone, where we offered Arabic classes, a CV advice workshop and a taster in creative writing. Carol’s Organic Kitchen provided healthy sandwich burgers and Osman Khan Church Street Community provided tea and coffee.
Transport was arranged to bring Home Library Service readers to the library, offering them a chance to enjoy a concert by professional musicians the London Maritime quintet in the relaxed setting of the library. As a complete contrast our readers then enjoyed some more modern music and a demonstration of hip hop and street dance by a member of Rain Crew.
Comments from HLS members:
“A wonderful programme.”
“Loved the music – heard composers’ work I had not come across before.”
“Loved the breakdancing.”
“The young man dancing was so passionate about what he was doing and was charming.”
“It is wonderful to go out and meet old and new friends.”
Posted in Church Street Library, Learning
Tagged Church Street, dance, food, health, Health Information Project, health trainers, HLS, Home Library Service, learning, learning centres, London Maritime Quintet, massage, Nationality Checking Service, New Year, registrars, smoking
Members of the Home Library Service, together with children from Pimlico Academy, enjoyed ‘A Christmas Carol’ performed by Librarian Theatre at Pimlico Library recently. It was a truly professional show – costumes, lighting, props, sound effects – all in the children’s library!
Afternoon tea after the performance was an opportunity to socialise too. Thanks to all the library staff for their help.
“Lovely to see the children and their interaction with the actors.”
“I found the Tiny Tim scene very emotional!”
Posted in Children / Teens, Home Library Service, Pimlico Library
Tagged A Christmas Carol, children, HLS, Home Library Service, performance, Pimlico, Pimlico Academy, teenagers, teens, theatre
Some Home Library Service members were the guests at a dress rehearsal at Church Street Library last week of Impro for Elders, before their actual performances this week (tonight and tomorrow!) at the Cockpit Theatre. Impro for Elders is directed by the award winning Improbable Theatre and funded by Arts Council England and Create Church Street.
The improvisation performances by local people who had been meeting for only a few weeks were emotional, funny and imaginative. The HLS members were able to provide valuable feedback to the performers, which hopefully will add to their performances!
Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to attend a local cultural theatrical event:
“I was moved by the stories and enjoyed the humour”
“If I had been younger and more steady on my feet this is something I would have really enjoyed participating in”
A musical lunch was held at St John’s Wood Library on Silver Sunday for members of the Home Library Service, along with other local residents.
From vinyl to digital: our resident vinyl expert and HLS staff member Barrie played vocalists from the past, from the well known Frank Sinatra to the lesser known Jerry Vale (“Summertime in Venice”). We then experimented with listening to music via the internet on our libraries’ tablets.
“Fascinating old records and played like a professional DJ”
“Many thanks, it has made a great difference to my life, coming out to an event”
“Thank you for your imaginative organisation”
Posted in Home Library Service, Music, Online, St John's Wood Library
Tagged Frank Sinatra, HLS, Home Library Service, Jerry Vale, music, older people, online, record player, Silver Sunday, tablet, vinyl
Recently the Home Library Service held its second ‘Spring into Spring’ health and information morning, this time at Pimlico Library (see previous event details).
On offer was the chance to sample hand massage, chair yoga (above), laptops and tablets (below), as well as a chance to talk individually to representatives from Open Age, the Health Improvement and Falls Prevention teams and the council’s Environment Team.
We even had two new recruits sign up to borrow a laptop from the Westminster’s Council’s Community Computers Scheme!
There was a wealth of library, council and health information leaflets to take away as a reminder of new things learnt.
“Helpful and entertaining”
“Thank you for a wonderful day out”
Posted in Home Library Service, Learning, Pimlico Library
Tagged community, computers, exercise, Falls Prevention Service, health, HLS, Home Library Service, housebound, learning, massage, older people, online, Open Age, Pimlico, yoga
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