Are you ready to read?

Join the Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge!

Schools have well and truly broken up for the summer and several more weeks of long holiday lie ahead… what will your children be doing? Visit your local library this summer to see all the events and activities for children which are on offer. There are events on throughout the holidays, so there is lots to choose from!

Record Breakers logo

If your children like a Challenge, why not bring them to join this year’s Record Breakers? All they need to do is read 6 library books over the holidays, and they’ll receive stickers and rewards for telling us about them.

It’s free to join, just visit your nearest library to sign up – all that’s needed is a library card. There’s a medal for everyone who reads 6 books!

What weird, wonderful or wacky records will you and your kids discover?

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Party!

Babita Sinha, SCSA at Brompton library, writes:

Just like last year, the kids at Brompton Library performed very well in the Summer Reading Challenge this year too. We had an extra special party for all those who completed the Summer Reading Challenge and read six books over the summer – A huge well done to them all.

We combined the Finishers Party on 15th September with the re-launch of Chatterbooks, our monthly reading group for children.

There were 30 children who joined us for the party. We had loads of fun, food and music. They played musical chairs and statues, coloured their favourite characters from the Mythical Maze and took part in a Mythical Hunt. They loved the theme this year very much. They had their favourite monsters: Ben’s favourite monster was the Minotaur, whereas Nessie was Stephanie’s favourite.

Musical statues!
Musical statues!

They enjoyed the party very much and are waiting for the next one….

We had lots of enthusiatic comments about reading:

From Lana
From Lana
From Estelle
From Estelle

As if that wasn’t enough our special guest Mike Clarke, Director-TriBorough Libraries and Archives, rolled up his sleeves and joined in the fun! (Sadly, no photos available…)

If you want to find out more about Chatterbooks, or any of our children’s activities, look on our website or ask in a library!

Summer Reading Challenge success!

The summer holidays drew to a close last week and with it ended this year’s summer reading challenge…and what a challenge it was! We had Medusas at Chelsea, sea monsters at Brompton, yetis and unicorns all over the place:  all kinds of weird and wonderful fantasy creatures appearing across the borough.

 

Mermaid Madness!
Mermaid Madness!

This year saw hundreds of children taking part, and almost all completing the challenge and triumphantly taking home their SRC certificates. A huge well done to them all…and what have our staff got to say about their Mythical maze experiences?

This is my third year of being involved in the Summer Reading Challenge and feel like an old hand now! The Mythical Maze theme was really popular with the kids and they loved their own Maze and getting the stickers. The rewards were better this year and, for those who knew how to fold them, the fortune tellers went down very well – I think all the staff were accosted by children wanting to tell their fortunes! We’ve been helped this year (as in previous years) by some really great volunteers, 3 of whom have been with us at least once before and our newbies have done really well at engaging the kids – we’d have been really hard pressed without them! Here at Brompton we were all a bit worried that we’d set the bar quite high last year and wouldn’t get the same level of participation this year but so far we have even more starters and finishers than last year, and we’re still counting! Our finishers are now looking forward to the party later in the month.

Medusa
Medusa

Yes, don’t forget the summer reading challenge finisher’s party- coming soon to a library near you!

And from a volunteer…

I was extremely impressed by the new iPad sessions that were introduced this summer. It is great to promote new technology in libraries and in turn see it become more modernised. The children very visibly enjoyed exploring the library with the iPads, trying to scan all of the characters and discovering the challenging games in the app.

As I have been volunteering for a couple of summers, people often ask me why do I keep coming back. The answer is simple. I do it to promote reading skills, I do it for the joy on children’s faces and I do it for all the lovely librarians. And I hope to keep doing it for many more summers to come!

one of our brilliant volunteers
One of our brilliant volunteers

The Mythical Maze app was a great bonus this year- it (literally!) brought the monsters alive!

And from Chelsea library:

Dozens of volunteers signed up before the beginning of summer to help out in the borough’s libraries. They were here for one specific purpose – the summer reading challenge! Once accepting the challenge, and receiving a maze poster, there were prizes for entrants to win along the way. For each book there was the chance to win scratch and sniff stickers (thankfully not as smelly as last year!), wristbands, keychains and a maze puzzle – which folds into a chatterbox. On completing 6 books, challengers received a gold medal and certificate!

Alongside the challenge, there have been numerous activities and craft sessions held, based around the ‘Mythical Maze’; including pop-up cards, mask making and model building…

Yeti
Yeti

So, as the summer holidays draw to a end, the challenge is nearly over, and with it hundreds of prizes won and numerous challenges completed! This reflects the success of last year and hopefully shows to be a sign that next year will build upon this…

We’re sure it will!

Staff, volunteers, and of course the children all had great fun with the summer reading challenge this year- it’s been creative, exciting, and, well, monstrous and mythical!

Nessie!
Nessie!

Mythical Maze monsters come alive!

At Brompton Library we’re holding regular Mythical Maze iPad sessions every Thursday 3.30 to 5pm so the kids can use our lovely new iPads to play with the Mythical Maze augmented reality app!

You can download the app onto any smart device to make the mythical monsters come alive and tell their story. Kids love seeing Nessie loom out of the lake and Medusa’s snake-hair fall out! Thereare  also games involving the creatures for younger users.

Everyone is welcome- please come along and give it a go!

 

Annie, our work experience student, helping two of our participants to use the iPad.
Annie, our work experience student, helping two of our participants to use the iPad.

…and mythical monsters take over Brompton!

Well, as you can see from the photo, the Summer Reading Challenge has really kicked off here at Brompton Library. We love the Mythical Maze theme this year and so does everyone taking part!

Last week we packed out the Learning Space with busy children making monster pop-up cards: it soon turned into an impromptu design session with World Cup football players, penguins and the odd Medusa or two!

Mythical Maze activities at Brompton Library
Mythical Maze activities at Brompton Library

So far, so very good: we have had over 170 children joining the challenge – so lots and lots of reading as well as craft activities taking place here over the summer holidays!

If you’re interested in joining our Summer Reading Challenge, and taking part in our Summer Reading Challenge activities,  you can find out more on our website here, or ask a member of staff at your local library!

Summer kicks off at Notting Hill Gate Library!

Notting Hill Gate Library has gone storytelling, craft making and nursery rhyming crazzzy this month!

To celebrate the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge we have offered more Baby Rhyme Times, Crafts, and Storytelling Sessions. The children have come in and had a blast! We have had lots of positive feedback from parents, especially with the Baby Rhyme Time on Saturday: a few of the parents work during the week so this was a chance for them to see their toddler getting involved- singing, dancing and meeting new friends!

Come along to our next sessions: Baby Rhyme Time- Friday 25th July, Storytelling- Saturday 26th July.

Click here for more information about our Summer Reading Challenge!

And remember….DON’T let the pigeon drive the bus!!
And remember….DON’T let the pigeon drive the bus!!

We have also had the Fab Flowers Team at Notting Hill Gate Library helping us to make our very own fabulous flowers! There was much excitement as we all got to stitching and some wonderful pieces were made: brooches were the chosen favourite and some beautiful brooches were made by some very happy (and very proud of themselves!) attendees.

Fab Flowers!
Fab Flowers!

Fab Flowers was part of Adult Learners Week.

ALW

 

And Finally, the Notting Hill Gate Reading Group said farewell to a much loved group member, she will be very missed as she has contributed immensely to the group and was one of the first participants when the group formed 10 years ago! We wish her good luck in the years to come…

(For more reading group details, please see our reading groups page on the library website).

 

Are you up for the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge is happening soon at a library near you!

This years’ Mythical Maze theme challenges children to read six books during the summer holidays.

Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge
Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge

Reading for pleasure is really important for a child’s achievement, and libraries can help! We have lots of great books to choose from and children can read whatever they like over the holiday – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books – just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Every time children finish a book they get stickers and rewards and there’s a medal for everyone who finishes.

Mythical Maze   Mythical Maze mermaid

For more information on the scheme visit http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all school children and is designed for all reading abilities. It’s free to join, just go along to your local library during the school summer holidays to take part. There are also lots of events and activities happening in libraries throughout the summer- keep an eye on our website and our facebook page for details!

Mythical Maze monster