National Libraries Day: Users Reveal What the Library Means to Them

Every year, libraries everywhere provide joy, help and knowledge to their community. From their countless shelves lined with books waiting to be read, to the fantastic staff who help organise all the activities, there's always something to gain from spending time at the library. That is why on Saturday 7 February National Libraries Day was …

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A celebration of libraries and the Arts: Fabula Festival is a true success!

After hearing about the library being jam-packed on Saturday, for the first full day of the Fabula Festival, I did not want to miss out. So, I went to along on Sunday to enjoy the talks, stalls and the company! There’s something about being in the library on a Sunday, when it’s not usually open, …

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The Gardens Of Valentines Mansion Inspires Children To Design Their Own Crockery

From the small to the tall, from the greens to the blues and the buzzing of the bees and crawling of all kinds of bugs, the magical gardens of Valentines Mansion is home to many beautiful creatures and plants. I went along to the mansion’s creative crockery session to see how the children were going …

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Children Go Crazy About Bats At South Park’s Latest Fun Nature Event!

Ever wondered what it's really like to be a bat? No? Well, these kids certainly did and after the event at South Park, Ilford on Wednesday, they knew all the secrets of a bat’s life! I went along to their Let's Go Batty event to brush up on my bat knowledge! When I arrived, I …

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The Very Successful Labyrinth Theatre Festival Ends With A Magical Performance Of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Picnic baskets, blankets and brollies were out in full force on Sunday evening as an audience gathered in the beautiful gardens of Valentines Mansion, awaiting Oddsocks’ 25th anniversary performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had barely entered the gates of Valentines Park, yet it was instantly clear to me that spirits had not been …

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Ilford Welcomes Summer With Fantastic Outdoor Performances In The Sun

Shoppers in Ilford Town Centre on Saturday were in for a right treat as Redbridge Music Lounge was set up right at the heart of the hustle and bustle which offered a chance to sit down and enjoy some great music in the sunshine. If people hadn’t quite made it to the music, then they …

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Best selling author Adele Parks comes to Wanstead Library 

Adele Parks is a much loved author for her contemporary women's fiction novels, selling over two million copies in the UK. However, she's changed things up a bit with her fourteenth novel as its set in the 1920s and covers the loss, glamour, pain and passion surrounding four women during the aftermath of World War …

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Locals explore Ilford’s suffragette history

Redbridge Central Library paid homage to International Women’s Day on 8 March by reviving Pat Heron’s walk around Ilford, discovering iconic sights of the suffragette movement. Raeesa Mukhtar joined the group to discover how much history is retained right on her doorstep! Development Librarian Rhonda Brooks was our leader for the day. She assembled us in …

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Championing Strong Female Voices: International Women’s Day – The power of unity amongst women

Observed since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day remains a prominent day of appreciation and celebration of women's progression and achievements throughout history. Spanning from social to political and economic issues, women who were previously denied voices, began to emerge and demand recognition, in aspects including a woman’s right to vote and equality in the …

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Half-term gets off to a scribbling start!

Captivating Calligraphy at Valentines Mansion If you thought the kids would want to ditch the pens and pencils during half-term, think again! Valentines Mansion held a calligraphy class on Tuesday 18th February, where youngsters could try their hand at a writing style that’s been around for centuries and still looks beautiful. Appropriately, the class was …

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