Brent Culture Service newsletter: December

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December 2018

Make friends…with a book!

Studies have shown that reading can lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation. Not only can coming to the library help you meet people through our groups, clubs and events but even just reading alone can make you feel happier and less lonely. How? Well the theory is that reading about other people and their experiences (in fiction or non-fiction) makes you feel more connected to others. Even reading sad books can apparently make you feel better as they are a reminder that other people out there understand how you are feeling and some negative emotions, like loneliness and grief or fear, are quite universal and will be experienced in a similar way by different people from different times and different cultures – books remind us of this and can make our problems seem more manageable. Not convinced? Well at the very least books are great escapism and can help distract us from problems and woes. There is nothing to lose so give it a try and pick up a book from the library next time you feel life is getting you down.

(If you want to read the full study on the ways that reading can combat loneliness a copy can be found on the Reading Agency website)

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Sign up for the January Challenge 

Make 2019 your most creative year yet and get off to a good start with the January Challenge! If you sign up to the January Challenge then each day throughout January you will be sent a short creative task to complete. Each challenge can be done in 5 to 10 minutes (but you can expand on the tasks and take more time if you are feeling particularly inspired). Last year 7500 people took part in the challenge, the overwhelming feedback was that they found the tasks fun and a motivation to try new things. The challenge is free, open to all, and run by a group called 64 Million Artists, you can find out more information on their website.

What’s happening in the corner?

Have you visited the corner yet? Or rather, The Corner – of course we don’t just mean any corner! The Corner is a new creative space in…that’s right, the corner…of Wembley Library. This new space will be used for a range of free creative, learning and entertaining events including courses, workshops and film screenings. Check the website to find out what is coming up next.

Children’s Physical Activities

Winter can be a difficult time for children to keep physically active. It’s cold and daylight is scarce . But don’t give up on trying to keep them fit and healthy! There is a good selection of indoor activities available at Brent’s leisure centres. At Willesden Sports Centre we have Christmas Holiday Activity Camp with lots of sports and games and other themed activities. Or you could sign them up for Karate, the Kilburn Shotokan Karate Club has sessions for adults and children for all levels. If you would like your very little ones picking up the sporting habit early try Track Academy Toddlers for 18 month to 4 year olds, these fun sessions teach little ones running, jumping and throwing.

There is lots more available of course, just ask in your Brent Leisure Centre for details.

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On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Brent Museum and Archives will be holding an evening of learning, debate and musical entertainment.
Hear more about the work of Journey to Justice, the history of human rights struggles in Brent and the upcoming civil rights exhibition in Willesden created by Journey to Justice. Find out how you can share your ideas and stories in this exhibition.
The talks and discussion will be followed by musical entertainment from the Reggae Choir and Brent Music Service. Free refreshments will be provided. All welcome, please email for further detail and/or to RSVP.
This event will take place on 10 December from 5-7:30pm in the Reading Room at The Library at Willesden Green.

Laurel and Hardy

Calling all classic comedy fans! We have a real treat for you. Come along to our presentation and film screening on 15 December when Will Bird is returning to give a sequel to last’s year’s talk on his favourite double act. This time we will be looking at the later career of Laurel and Hardy, their films in the 1940s and the new lease of life they were to find as a live act. The presentation includes behind the scenes, rarely seen film footage. The talk will be followed by a return to the prime Laurel and Hardy era with a screening of the 1935 festive short, The Fixer Uppers, in which the boys try to earn their crust selling Christmas Cards in Paris…with less than successful results!
The event is £2 which includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie to help get us all in the festive mood. Please book in advance online or by asking at the library.

Laurel and Hardy cafe