Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
October is Black History Month in the UK; an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of black cultural heritage, history and experiences today. The theme for Islington this year is Leadership and those who have triumphed in the fight for equal rights. There is a lively festival of film screenings, youth workshops, an intergenerational oral history project and a community conference. Black History Month is for everybody and all events are free or low cost. See the program here
These advice sessions are held on Tuesday mornings at the Central Library between 9.30 and 12.30. Run by Mental Health Working they are for people with mental health conditions who want information or guidance on employment, training or educational opportunities, including jobsearch and careers advice (also help with CVs) and must live in Islington or Camden. Call 020 7527 6900.
The Books on Prescription Scheme has been running for several years as a partnership between NHS Islington and Islington Libraries. It is a treatment option for people with mild to moderate mental health problems.
There is now a National Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme which we have signed up to. This means that more books have been added to our existing scheme and are available in all Islington libraries except the Lewis Carroll library.
Doctors and mental health professionals, can “prescribe” these books by selecting the most appropriate text from the list and filling out the specially designed “prescription pad”. The patient will take this along to the library and take out the book. The books are numbered and do not have to be asked for by title. If you are not a member we will join you up straight away with no fuss and little paperwork.
This year’s Word Festival is bigger and more ambitious than ever. The Word Festival is an ambitious initiative of commissioned activities, events and workshops which focuses on and explores the pleasure of reading and writing and freedom of expression. It will start on 1 May 2013 and will be a celebration of the work of the borough’s literature sector, local writers and the local community. Through a unique collaboration between Islington Library and Heritage Services, Islington Arts Service, Free Word and the boroughs arts sector the activities, events and workshops will reach across communities in Islington. Download the full festival brochure here. Throughout May we’ll be celebrating reading, writing and freedom of expression with events including:
Grandad, Dads and lads poetry event at Arsenal FC
Creative writing workshops run by Birkbeck for young people
Teen Book vote with an event at Waterstones, Islington Green
Bookwraps – trees across the borough will be wrapped in bookjackets
Week-long mini-festival of events in Archway area
Personal play readings at a public picnic - written by professionals performed by young people
Young people produced open-mic night in a local café - scripts, spoken word, rap with guest artists
A mental health focussed creative writing project leading to a publication and performance
Storytelling walks in various locations by storyteller Helen East
Turkish Translator in residence working with comic artist in 3 secondary schools, resulting in sharing event and publications @ Free Word
An audio magazine to accompany Talking news for Blind and Visually Impaired residents
Intergenerational workshops in various art forms to be showcased at the Spring ball
Guerilla knitting and story workshops and sharing event
A creative night time walking workshop around cultural hotspots led by Innua Ellams resulting in a short film
Bramber House was demolished in 2011. The Council is proposing developing this space and the area on which John Barnes Library stands to build new homes and a new library. The consultation ends on 20 December 2012. See the details here.
The Islington Libraries collection of photography books previously held at the reserve stock at Finsbury Library is being transferred to the Central Library and many of the books are now on public display and can be loaned from the Reference Library at: Central Library, 2nd Floor, 2 Fieldway Crescent, London N5 1PF.