Events at Marylebone Library & Information Service
Thursday 10 December, 6.00pm
Author and lecturer Paul Hawkins explains how the story of Father Christmas grew out of Medieval European folktales about monsters that stalked the snows of winter. Over the course of the 20th Century, a universal image developed around the world of Santa Claus as a kindly Christmas visitor but, prior to that, each country, town and community would have Christmas visitors of their own - sometimes human, sometimes animal, and sometimes something else entirely.
Find out how St Nicholas saved children from cannibalism, who the Yule Lads were and why they would come to steal your sausages, why Catalan nativity scenes feature a defecating peasant and hear how a demonic figure called the Krampus bundled children into sacks and dragged them into hell. The ‘Bad Santas’ lecture is engaging, entertaining and full of fantastic festive facts to share as you carve the turkey.
Paul Hawkins’ new book “Bad Santas and Other Creepy Christmas Characters” is published by Simon & Schuster and available now.
This event is free but please ask a member of staff to book your place, or email email@example.com.
Marylebone Library has moved!
A brand new library will be built, opening in 2015. In the meantime, the library has moved to temporary premises at Macintosh House in Beaumont Street. Get address details, opening hours etc on the Marylebone Library & Information Service page, and read updates about the progress of the move on the Books & the City blog.
Regular events for children are run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.
|Event||Time / date||Info|
|Tiny Tots||Tuesdays at 10.30am||For more information and other sessions available, visit the sessions for under 5s page.|
|Children's Games Club||Tuesdays at 4.00pm||Come along to play board games and have fun!|
|Homework Club||Wednesdays, 3.45 - 5.30pm||Ages 7-13. For more information and other sessions available, visit the Homework Clubs page.|
|Chatterbooks Reading Group||Every second Thursday of the month||Ages 8-11. Contact the library for details.|
|Storytime for under fives||Fridays at 3.45pm||For more information and other sessions available, visit the Sessions for Under 5s page.|
|Family fun with stories and crafts||Saturdays at 11.00am|
|Event||Time / date||Info|
|Employment Advice||Wednesday mornings, 10.00 to 12.00 noon.||Appointments with the National Careers Service (NCS) can be booked on 020 7487 8222|
|Healthy Westminster||Regular information & advice sessions.||For more information, please see the Health events page.|
|IT one-to-one drop-ins||Mondays mornings - 10am to 12noon||Come and pop by for help with our volunteer who will get you started on our library computers with email, the internet, word processing and much more. Or bring in your laptop if you are having trouble figuring out how to use it.|
|Writers' Group||Monday evenings - 6.45pm to 7.45pm||For more information, visit the Westminster Writers' Group page.|
|Reading Group||Monthly on a Tuesday||For more information, visit the Reading Group page.|
|Chess Club||Thursdays at 6.15pm||All abilities welcome. We will try to match you with a suitable partner|
|Local Police Surgery||Monthly event
||A surgery for the public with police community officers from the Bryanston and Dorset Square ward. They will be there to listen to any concerns the community have about what is happening in their neighbourhood.|
|Graphic Novel Club||Monthly on a Wednesday||For more information, please visit the Reading Group page.|
|Discover the Self
Every three weeks on Sundays at 3.00pm
These self discovery meetings are open to all and offer a platform to:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join or for an information leaflet about topics being discussed in session
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