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Kennington Library Coffee Talks – 2020

Talks:  11.00am to 12.00noon. Free coffee/tea and biscuits from 10.30am

February 5th Dave Richardson: A History of Oxford Pubs

Kennington-based Dave Richardson is editor of the Oxford Drinker, the local magazine of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The talk on his book Oxford Pubs will uncover the fascinating history of some of the city’s best known hostelries.

March 4th  Ann Grainger: A Life of Crime

Oxfordshire-based Ann Granger is the author of 36! best selling crime novels. Her talk will include how she became a crime writer, the differing types of crime fiction, and the development of the ever popular genre since the days of Agatha Christie to the present.

April 1st  Paul Campion: Hope and Glory:  The Proud Story of the Proms

‘The Proms’ have been an important part in the nation’s musical life since 1895. Paul’s talk includes the personalities who have performed, and he will play actuality sound and video recordings, from Tchaikovsky to Holst, Mozart to Elgar, Bizet to Parry.

May 6th Barbara Hudson: Barbara returns with her latest novel, Makeover

Set in Oxford, it focuses on the barriers raised by class, educational disadvantage, and snobbery; a woman who has suffered some hard knocks tries to turn her life around. Barbara has drawn on her experience as both a social worker and Oxford Don.

June 3rd  Betsy Bell: An Art Adventure in Southern France

Ex Kennington resident Betsy will talk about her book depicting the fascinating true story of Art in Situ, an art initiative founded by Betsy and her husband, David. It is a story of passion for art, of camaraderie among like-minded people and with descriptions of the art produced that will create lasting visual images in your mind.

September 2nd:  TBC

October 7th: The History of Radley Manor and the Village

Richard Dudding from Radley History Club was instrumental in producing the above publication, and will be enlightening us all about the history of our neighbouring village.

November 4th: Edward Maufe, Architect and Cathedral Builder

Juliet Dunmur, Edward’s granddaughter, will be talking about the amazing careers of both her eminent grandparents.

December 2nd: Christmas: Kennington Library’s traditional Christmas meeting, rounding up our recommended reads, with mince pies and mulled wine

Calling all writers and potential writers!

We are pleased to let you know that Oxfordshire Libraries’ eBook short story competition is to run for a sixth year.

This year’s competition will open for entries – which as usual should be 500-3000 words long – slightly later than last year, on Friday 3 January. Full details, including instructions for submitting a story, are now on the website. The closing date for entries is 29 February 2020.

Christmas/New Year Opening Hours

Kennington Library will be CLOSED from 5.30pm on Monday 23rd December and will RE-OPEN on Friday 3rd January at 2.00pm.

No items borrowed from Kennington will be due for return from 24th December to 2nd January.

Large branches such as Oxford Central and Abingdon will open between Christmas and New
Year, although they will close at 5pm each day. PLEASE check times by going to:
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/find-library .

What’s On in December

There is something for all ages this December at Kennington Library.

As usual we will be running our Rhyme Time and Story Time session which will have a festive theme.

Our monthly coffee talk will also be festive as we will be offering mulled wine, mince pies and the chance to talk about your favourite books that you read in 2019.

It is also raffle time of year so do pop into the library to buy tickets and see the soft toy prizes on offer.

All this and a mini reading challenge for the kids. It is going to be a busy month!

December Coffee Talk

Come and join us on Wednesday 4th December for our monthly coffee talk.

Every Christmas we have a change in our usual format and instead talk about the books that we have really enjoyed this year.

You are very welcome to recommend a couple of your favourite reads from 2019 or if you prefer just listen.

Coffee will be served from 10.30 and the discussion will be

All are welcome and the event is free (although donations are always welcome!).

PS: My favourite books I have read this year are: “Circe” by Madeleine Miller, “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari and, as recommended by by 9 year old but should be read by all ages, the wonderful “Journey to the River Sea” by Eva Ibbotsen.

Kennington Book Fair

Oxford eBooks have organised the inaugral Kennington Book Fair.

10am – 1pm Saturday November 30
at the Kennington Village Hall

Come along and discover the work of local authors and publishers. A host of exciting local authors will be exhibiting and are very keen to discuss their books (or you can just browse if you prefer). To see the list of authors who will be at the book fair please click here.

The Friends of Kennington Library will be reading a selection of children’s stories throughout the event, so bring along your young readers to take a place while you browse some great books.

There’s a pop-up cafe for you to relax in, chat or why not take a quiet moment for a read!

If you’re an author and want to talk about how to publish Your Own book then come and have a chat with us at the Oxford eBooks stall.

For more info visit the Oxford eBooks Website.

Board Games Cafe 15th November

4.30pm-6.30pm at Kennington Village Centre (in the big hall next to the Library).

The Board Games Cafe is for all ages from the very young to the ‘young at heart’ (c. age 2-102 as a guideline). No children are necessary, at previous cafe sessions there have always been some adult tables. But at the same time children are very welcome.

We will have a wide selection of board games for all ages, some very easy, some rather fiendish.

The cafe is free but donations are always welcome.

What’s on for kids in November

This November we have our usual Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions but also the welcome return of our popular Board Games Cafe!

Rhyme Time and Story Time are both aimed at very young children (pre-school) including babies. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Board Games Cafe is for all ages from the very young to the ‘young at heart’ (c. age 2-102 as a guideline). No children are necessary, at previous cafe sessions there have always been some kid free tables. We will have a wide selection of board games for all ages.

Please see image for details. All these events are free but donations are always welcome.

What’s On in November

There is something for all ages this November at Kennington Library.

As well as our usual Story Time and Rhyme Time for the little ones we have our pop up Board Games Cafe where we will have games for all from age 2 to 102! (and older).

We will also be holding our monthly meet the author(s) coffee talk where Tolly and Tamara will be sharing their passion for organic growing and preserving.

Do join us if you can!

Quiz Night Returns! – 29th February 2020

Quiz Night, kindly sponsored by Tonks Brothers once more, will be on Saturday 29th February 7:30pm. To be held at St Swithun’s Church Hall. Tickets £10.00 only per person to include supper.