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September 2003


Back to work, back to school - and a respite from that excessive heat. Let's hope we now have a long spell of glorious, bearable, autumn weather. * Elsewhere in this Newsletter is a reminder for payment of subs to BPlug. Currently I have a register of 152 names, some going back well over 10 years. Some of these people have paid up regularly and many attend the various events we organise. But many others make no contact with the committee although I expect they use the library regularly and want it to remain open. As you know, BPlug was formed when the library was first under serious threat of closure in the late 1980s. Having survived another similar attempt not so long ago BPlug now continues in business to support the library and its staff, to make constructive sugg-estions for improvements as well as keeping a wary eye on the activities of the Leisure *Services Committee in the Council. In fact the LSC is keen for each library to have a flourishing Friends' Group. So, it is up to us to keep BPlug in business. A chance to ask questions! CPlug, which represents all library user groups in Camden, holds its AGM on Thursday 30th October at 7.30pm in St Pancras Library. It is hoped that David Jones, Head of Libraries, and several councillors will be present and available. You are all invited. Now read on... Barbara Charterton


The theme for the children's reading scheme this summer was ' The Reading Maze". At Belsize Library we had a record number of children subscribe. Books were read, stickers stuck in and lots of reviews and art work from the children displayed in the library. . There will be a joint party at Chalk Farm Library on Saturday 13th September, by invitation only. Medals and certificates will be awarded to the children by Martin Nelson. Martin, born in Belsize, has sung in many West End musicals and is Founder/Producer of 'Scrap and Scratch Opera', which has mounted spectacular one-day events for up to 300 and professionals at Kenwood Lakeside. Yet another local connection, party food is being kindly provided by a nearby business, As the summer events for children finish, we look forward to restarting the Rhyme Time for the under 5's on Tuesday the 9th September at 11am. From August the 12th our Computer booking system became electronic. This enables users to book the use of a Computer, online, themselves. Computer bookings can also be made over the telephone. All libraries will be going onto this system over the next few months. This should speed up and simplify the booking system and will enable users to book a Pc once a day, for a week in advance at the library of their choice. On Wednesday 10th September members of the Belsize Reading Group will appear as part of the Jury on the BBC program " Battle of the Books". The books being "battled over " are "Gone with the Wind" and "Wuthering Heights". Finally on Tuesday 23rd September two members of staff, Sally Davies and Myra Schehtman will run an internet session for the over 50's from 2 until 4pm. Bookable in advance.



The special stand requested by the Library has been bought by BPlug. The rack for paperbacks, shows the spines and the staff were very pleased with it. And a reminder on outstanding subs!! Please send (£5) cheques made out to BPlug to Barbara Charterton, 30 Constantine Road, NW3 2NG


Our very special guest in June was David Waterman, founder member and cellist of the world famous Endellion Quartet. * Our Belsize Plug member, Ann Measures, who is herself a musician, proved to be the ideal companion speaker. She gently prompted David to reveal something of his musical life, the workings of a quartet, and - having brought his cello along - he gave us some interesting illustrations of different ways of playing a piece of unaccompanied Bach. A delightful evening, much enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience who certainly felt privileged to have the chance to listen to one of the country's leading quartet players. Elaine Hallgarten

The following events will be at Belsize Library at 7.30 pm. On Tuesday 30th September Dr Mary Shenai will be talking on The Buildings of Belsize. For the last ten years she has become involved in the Belsize Residents Association under whose auspices she conducts walks in Belsize. Gene Adams, the present chairman of the Belsize Conservation Area Council, will join Mary Shenai and tell us something of the work of the Council. Athol Hughes

* On Tuesday 21st October Mary Kennedy's talk Is Feminism Dead? Women Today will be an exploration, open to debate, around the varied interpretations and misinterpretations of feminism and its effect over the last 30 years on women's lives. It was due to the efforts of Mary Kennedy that women's studies became a separate programme in the University of London at Birkbeck College where she is a retired Senior Lecturer. Athol Hughes

POETRY AND PROSE Readings and..................... SCRABBLE meetings....................... continue once a month - details on the Library noticeboard.

AND NOTA BENE!!!!! * Our Christmas party will be on the 16th December at 7.30 pm. Further details to come - but, if last year's celebration is anything to go by, we can assure you it will be fun - so keep the evening free. * Contact numbers for committee members Barbara Charterton 0207 482 1131 Suzanna Duncan 0207 722 2016 Elaine Hallgarten 0207 722 1077 Mary Lewis 0207 435 0600 Roz Perrott 0207 483 3202






Barbara Charterton, Susanna Duncan, Elaine Hallgarten, Athol Hughes,

Mary Lewis, Roz Perrott, Madeleine Wardley, Stanley Waterman, Ron Watts





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