Four seminal issues of The Times, available to explore via the Kensington library card: the very first paper (1 January 1785), the first paper using the name The Times (1 January 1788), the last paper with the classic single column and picture-free first page (2 May 1966), the first paper with a picture on the first page and a new logo (3 May 1966), and the paper reintroducing the old Times logo and celebrating the marriage between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (13 July 1981).
Covid-19 and its fallouts:
When the library is closed: go digital!
Kensington’s libraries are closed, but they still offer a great service for those equipped with a library card and a desktop PC, a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone.
Through collaboration with various newspaper/magazine/book/music websites, those with a Kensington library card have free access to:
digital versions of some 90 magazines, such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Economist and New Yorker
digital versions of more than 6,000 newspapers from more than 100 countries in over 60 languages
thousands of digital books (eBooks), among them we notice Rachel Johnson’s brand new autobiography, “Rake’s Progress”, which was released 19 March
several hundred digitised comics (eComics)
over 600 best-selling audiobook titles
In some cases, accessing the books, newspapers and magazines require a specific app, which can be downloaded free.
The library card also gives free access to The Times’ fantastic digital archive (which contains every page of The Times between 1785 and 2012), as well as Punch’s digital archive (1841-1992), Nexos’ enormous music library and various online dictionaries, encyclopaedias biography listings, scholarly articles and language teaching resources.
Those who don’t have a library card can register online and then use all these resources immediately.
When the Kensington libraries first closed, the home library service was also suspended. But this service has now been restored, in order to help vulnerable residents who are unable to make use of the digital services mentioned above.
To find out more about the home library service, who are entitled to it, and how to enrol, go to the council’s home library service page for more information.
Free digital booklets and videos about scams
One of the drawbacks of the digital world is that it has, since the start, attracted conmen who try to trick people to hand over their money.
To help fight this, the Metropolitan Police has produced four short digital books/leaflets about various cyber and phone scams, as well as ten short videos about passwords, phising, wi-fi safety and many other things.
The videos and the booklets are available on the Met’s media page. Please note: Only two videos are immediately visible on that page, but the rest are accessible by clicking on the dots under them.
NHS advice: How to stay sane during covid-19
Public Health England and the NHS have jointly created “Every Mind Matters”, a website dedicated to help people get a healthier mind.