Finally, summer is here and we are enjoying the long days, warmer weather and sitting outside at the Café Hub. Indeed, just in front of our window you can sit outside in a sunny spot and enjoy an iced coffee from our summer menu. We have also added a new kids menu and an all-day breakfast menu. We look forward to serving you sausage rolls, salads, smoothies, and much more.
The Café Hub offers much more than coffee and food; it’s also a warm and cosy space to meet up and have a long overdue chat with your friend who lives only 5 minutes away but whom you haven’t seen in ages. Maybe you would like to just drop in and browse the books in our multi-lingual children’s bookstore or check out the regular art exhibitions organised and curated by M Gallery.
At the beginning of May M Gallery presented their spring exhibition Resurgence with pieces from local artists and we are now looking forward to the next exhibition, a solo exhibition by an anonymous artist called Don’t Cover Up Your Scars featuring environmental printing workshops all day on Sunday 2nd June. For more information visit M Gallery’s facebook page.
The Library Hub
Also, on the weeknd of th 1st and 2nd June, the Language Hub will be running Italian Bounce & Rhyme and Italian Conversation Classes for learners every hour at the Sagra Italiana on George Square from 12pm to 5pm. At the same time, we offer arts and craft activities for childen. The classes are free, however, as we are fundraising for our multi-lingual library, we will welcome donations however small.
Speaking of the library, we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve been able to raise enough funds to move forward with the first stages and now expect to be opening our doors in September this year. The Library Hub will provide a space to read and borrow books and teaching material for children and adults in different languages and aims to encourage language learning, offer support for bilingual families, and contribute to the successful implementation of the Scottish Government’s language teaching strategy 1+2 by making MFL material more accessible.
We will be organising literary events as well as community gatherings to fight loneliness and help people come together. The library will be open for schools and families for a small membership fee that will go towards our running costs, but we will also rely on regular fundraising events to maintain the library and allow it to be a sustainable project.
Sylvia Werner from The Body Shop At Home with Sylvie was kind enough to come to the Café Hub and attend a stall. The Host Reward for selling products went to our fundraiser and Sylvia donated all the money from her £5 hand massages too.
Thank you Sylvia!
We have also raised funds with an online fundraiser and would like to thank all who have donated so far, and of course the proceeds of our regular book fairs also go to the project. If you would like to find out more about the project please get in touch with either Michèle or myself, Andrea.
The inauguration will be on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September. It will be a celebration with many guests, activities, readings and we will announce the winner of our competition to win an annual library membership for a school. To enter the competition, please get in touch with Andrea.
As the library will open the weekend before the European Day of Languages on 26th September, we will award three school visits for an immersion activity of 90 minutes in either German or Italian for primary schools as well as high schools in Greater Glasgow for 23rd, 24th and 25th September (one per day). These will be provided free-of-charge on a first come, first served basis. Please get in touch with me for details.
If you are more into music than books, we have something coming up for you too. After the successful chamber music concert and the pumping gig by the Nordic Fiddlers in May, we are looking forward to welcoming Pierre Schryer and Adam Dobres on Friday 7th June from 8pm to 9:30pm.
This June we will be participating at the West End Festival, this time with two Gaelic workshops for families. With The Real Goldilocks, our talented Gaelic Storyteller, Ariel will take you on a journey to find out more about Goldilock’s lesser known siblings who joined her on her fateful trip to the Bears’ house and embark on a rambunctious adventure exploring and engaging with new Gaelic vocabulary within the context of a familiar tale.
For more action packed superhero fun, join us to find out about Gaelic Superheroes and learn about the origins of the Northern Lights, the Blue Men of the Minch & the Fairies on a fantastical, fun adventure visiting the infamous Fairy Pools, the Cuillins & more as Scotland’s Supernatural Superheroes help Warrior Queen Sgàthach keep her kingdom from the Evil King!
New Gaelic Classes
Talking about Gaelic, we are pleased to announce that over the summer holidays we will be running drop-in Gaelic Bounce & Rhyme sessions as well as a Gaelic Beginners course for adults. Please check our calendar for further information on timings and costs for Gaelic as well as our other language courses for children and adults or get in touch with us or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.