Online activities and events for children and young people

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Events

Story Time – Mondays and Fridays

  • Mondays and Fridays 
  • 10am

Join us over on our Facebook page for story time with us. Enjoy some fantastic stories read by library staff.

Make bracelets with Billie – Wednesday 5, 12, 19 August

  • Wednesday 5 August, 11am to 11.45am
  • Wednesday 12 August, 11am to 11.45am
  • Wednesday 19 August, 11am to 11.45am
  • Wednesday 26 August, 11am to 11.45am

Join us for this course of four online jewellery workshop for children to learn how to make super beaded bracelets. Materials for the course will be posted to you after booking.

These sessions are perfect for children who want to learn something fun and creative online this summer. All it takes is a Zoom account and you are ready to go!

Each session will be led by Billie, an amazing volunteer at Mayfair Library. With Billie you will learn how to make stretchy bracelets with a variety of colourful glass, wooden and resin beads. Once you have booked your place we will send you a bag containing beads and strings, enough for you to make four different bracelets.

Tickets are £5.98 for all 4 sessions.

Book your place for Make bracelets with Billie via Eventbrite

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 events 

The Summer Reading Challenge, by The Reading Agency, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading 'dip'.

This year, Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge  for 2020, will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in this year’s challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all different kinds of funny books.

To join the Silly Squad and take part this year visit the Summer Reading Challenge website.

 

Tiny Tunes music and dance sessions – various dates in August

  • Monday 3 August, 10.15am and 11:45am 
  • Wednesday 5 August, 10:30am and 11.45am
  • Thursday 6 August 10:30am and 11.45am
  • Friday 7 August, 10.30am and 11.45am
  • Monday 10 August, 10am and 11.45am
  • Tuesday 11 August, 10.30am and 12 noon
  • Wednesday 12 August, 10.30am and 11.45am
  • Friday 14 August, 10.30am and 11.45am

Watch these award winning music and dance classes from the comfort of your own home - hide under a parachute, wave the pom-poms, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along!

As well as the all-time favourite rhymes and songs and meeting Mr Tiny, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics. Grab anything that rattles or shakes and a scarf or a ribbon that you can wave from your home.

These sessions can help build children's self-confidence. Early music exposure can also help promote critical listening skills, language and literacy, creativity and coordination in the future.

Book your free place for Tiny Tunes music and dance sessions via Eventbrite.

 

Poetry Chatterbooks

  • Saturday 8 August, 11am to 12 noon

Join in our virtual Poetry Chatterbooks session. It's time to smile, laugh, have fun, be silly and enjoy this Summer Reading Challenge with the Silly Squad.

This session is suitable for children aged seven to 12 and will be delivered using Microsoft Teams.

Book your free place for Poetry Chatterbooks via Eventbrite

 

Magic show with Andy Hiccup – Monday 10 August

  • Monday 10 August
  • 9am to 9.45am

Join magician, Andy Hiccup for a special magic show aimed at children and families. They’ll be loads of mayhem and hilarity with Andy’s eye-popping routines.

Join us online for this special session which will be jam-packed full of visual comedy, impressive magical moments and lots of fun audience participation.

Log onto the Amazing Kids website at 9am on Monday 10 August to watch.

 

Riotous rap and rhyme with Neal Zetter

  • Monday 10 August, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Tuesday 11 August, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Wednesday 12 August, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Friday 28 August, 10.30am to 11.30am

Join award-winning children's comedy author and poet, Neal Zetter in celebration of all things silly!

Neal's sessions will feature loads of his wacky poems from his nine hilarious poetry books. He will leave you with ideas on how you can produce your own funny poem and tell you how.

These sessions are ideal for children aged six to 12 and their families.

Book your free place for Riotous rap and rhyme with Neal Zetter via Eventbrite

 

Meet James Carter - the world's greatest space cadet poet

  • Wednesday 19 August, 1pm to 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 August, 4pm to 4.30pm

Join James Carter, a critically-acclaimed children's poet and writer–in–residence for this year's Summer Reading Challenge.

Ever met an alien? Well, James is maybe the closest you’ll ever get! Come along to this special Summer Reading Challenge event and meet a lifelong space cadet who has discovered that poems are the best place to gather all his daydreamy thoughts. What's more, James believes that daydreaming for ten minutes every day should be compulsory.

Expect music, cosmic poems, some spacey storytelling and then discover how you can create your very own alien shape poem.

Book your free place for Meet James Carter - the world's greatest space cadet poet - via Eventbrite

 

Online comic story workshop with mayamada

  • Friday 21 August, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Friday 28 August, 1pm to 2.30pm

Calling all young storytellers and creatives! Join mayamada, the British manga anime brand, and learn how to create your own comic characters and story. These free online sessions are for young people aged eight and up.

For more details and to book your place, email: hello@thestoryboard.org.


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