Santa story times and festive activities.

Swindon Libraries will be having an extra special visitor at selected story times this December. Santa will be taking time out from his busy schedule to visit the following story and rhyme times for under 5s before flying off around the world to deliver all our presents on Christmas Eve!santa

Saturday 7th December: 11:00am, Highworth Library (see more details of Highworth Library Christmas Fun Day below)
Tuesday 10th December: 11:00am, Central Library
Wednesday 11th December: 3:30pm, Even Swindon Library
Friday 13th December: 10:30am, West Swindon Library
Monday 16th December: 10:00am, Pinetrees Library
Tuesday 17th December: 10:30am, Wroughton Library
Tuesday 17th December: 3:30pm, Liden Library
Wednesday 18th December: 11:00am, North Swindon Library
Thursday 19th December: 10:30am, Covingham Library (and raffle draw)
Thursday 19th December: 2.00pm Park Library (see below for extra details!)
Friday 20th December: 10:00am, Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library
Friday 20th December: 3:00pm, Penhill Library

Saturday 7th December, Highworth Library Christmas Fun Day. Lots of festive fun at Highworth Library with Santa story time at 11:00am, crafts sessions at 11.30am and 1:00pm, mince pies, magic, tea and coffee, tombola and guess the name of the toy competition! For further information contact Highworth Library, e-mail highworth.library@swindon.gov.uk or telephone 01793 463500.

Thursday 19th December, Park Library. Santa will be visiting the 2:00pm story time and from  2:30-3:00pm there will be crafts for pre-school aged children to enjoy. From 3:00-4:00pm school age children can have a go at some Christmas crafts too… with refreshments on hand for the grown ups as well!

There will also be Christmas craft sessions at various libraries as follows:

liden preschool craftsLiden Library

  • Thursday 5th Dec, 11-12, pre-school Christmas crafts session – drop-in session to come and make Christmas decorations for the library and to take home.
  • Saturday 7th Dec, 11-12, over 6s Christmas crafts session – drop-in session for older children to come and make Christmas decorations for the library and to take home.

Penhill Library

  • Tuesday 3rd December, 11-12, pre-school Christmas crafts session – drop-in session for the little children to come and make Christmas decorations for the library and to take home.
  • Saturday 7th Dec, 11-12, over 6s Christmas crafts session – drop-in session for older children to come and make Christmas decorations for the library and to take home.

pinetrees craftsPinetrees Library

  • Monday 9th Dec, 11-12, pre-school Christmas crafts session – drop-in session for children to come and make Christmas decorations for the library and to take home.
  • Saturday 14th Dec, 11-12, over 6s Christmas crafts session – drop-in session for older children to come and make Christmas decorations for the library and to take home.

Looking for some great classic books to share with your children? Why not try….

wibbly pigTickly Christmas, Wibbly Pig! by Mick Inkpen
Wibbly Pig dreads what knitted gift he will get from Big Aunt Larlie for Christmas this year, but in the end is pleasantly surprised. A perfect tale of a small child’s anticipation of Christmas.

Dear Santa by Rod Campbell
A letter to Santa asking for a Christmas present starts off a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing seems quite right and each time he thinks better of his choice.

A message for Santa by Hiawyn Oram
Emily loves Christmas, but there is something about it which makes her heart sink, and that something is Santa Claus. Emily wants to block up the chimney to prevent Santa entering the house. But her mum inspires her to find another solution. Eventually, Emily writes Santa a note, telling him to come in through the back door, and go no further than the kitchen table! ….

how santa really worksHow Santa really works by Alan Snow
Beneath the Arctic Polar Ice Cap, deep underground, is a bustling community with one mission and one mission only: to make Christmas happen. Have you ever wondered how Santa can pop out of a chimney without a soot stain on his red velvet? Elves, of course – fully trained at the Elf Academy in chimney sweeping! And does Santa really have time to check if every single child’s been naughty or nice? Of course not – that’s why he created the CIA (Christmas Intelligence Agency) to train elves to spy on children. And where do all those Santas in department store grottoes come from? The Santa Academy, of course. “How Santa Really Works” is a true scoop on how Santa does what he does so well….

Harry and the dinosaurs make a Christmas wish by Ian Whybrow
When Harry and the dinosaurs visit Mr Oakley’s farm and see some tiny ducklings hatching, they long to take one home. They wish and wish, but their wish doesn’t come true. Summer passes and they pin all their hopes on a special Christmas wish…

kipper's christmas eveKipper’s Christmas Eve by Mick Inkpen.
Which is best Kipper wonders, Christmas Day or Christmas Eve? Presents? Or expecting presents? Kipper’s friends: Pig, Arnold and Tiger are all getting ready for Christmas too and Kipper manages to give little Arnold his best Christmas Eve ever.

Maisy’s Christmas Eve by Lucy Cousins.
Maisy’s friends tackle snowy weather to join her for Christmas.

Jingle Bells by Nick Butterworth.
Christmas time, a happy time – or so it should be. But for two small mice, Lottie and Jack, Christmas Eve is overshadowed by one big problem… That Cat. How can they stop him from spoiling everything? Their friend, the wise rat, Ton Chee, has an idea involving a little golden bell … but will it work?

mog's christmasMog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr.
The house is full of strange bustling, there are new noises and new smells, and where is that tree going? Disconcerted by all the unusual activities, Mog escapes to the roof, and refuses to come down.

How the Grinch stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.
This classic Seussian tale tells the story of the disgruntled Grinch and his fiendish attempts to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-ville. With wacky rhymes and zany illustrations from the master himself, it has been a seasonal favourite with young readers for over 40 years.

Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs.
In this hilariously irreverent Christmas book, Father Christmas has awoken from a dream of summer sun to discover it is December 24th, Christmas Eve – the start of his longest night’s work of the year! Much merriment ensues as Father Christmas travels the world, with a few issues along the way, to bring joy to children everywhere.

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