Feed Their Dreams for National Libraries Day 2016!

NLD Under 5s Card Competition Poster-page-0On the weekend of 6th February, we are holding some FREE special events, to celebrate National Libraries Day 2016, and to highlight the importance of sharing stories with children.

Libraries play a huge role in supporting early language & literacy development through their programmes and activities.  For National Libraries Day 2016, Swindon Libraries want to encourage parents to ‘feed their children’s dreams’ through exploring books and reading.

This includes a competition for all parents using an under 5s ticket throughout February. Those using a ticket will go into a special draw to win £100 experience voucher. So join up your children, get using your library and be in with a chance to win!

Local theatre company Sixth Sense Theatre for Young People will be supporting the day, by sharing some performances at the Central Library. There will also be dads & toddlers Rhyme-Time activity session at North Swindon and Highworth libraries, as well as the regular sessions that take place across Swindon Libraries.

If you are looking for some inspiration, why not download our guide to some great books to read out loud and share with your kids: Great books to read aloud

The programme for the weekend includes a range of FREE sessions:

dadandbabyNorth Swindon Library is launching Story Time with Dad, SUNDAY 7th February 12.15 – 12.45pm (with subsequent storytimes on the first Sunday of the month) – a special story time for Dads, Uncles, Grandads, males and the kids they are looking after.

Highworth Library will host  a special one-off Story Time with Dad SATURDAY 6th February 10.30 – 11.00am.

Central Library

jungle dress upThe usual Story Time 11.00 – 11.30am will have a Jungle Animal theme. Why not drss up as an animal or bring your favourite cuddly jungle toy? Afterwards there will be a special ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ interactive story session led by Sixth Sense Theatre Company, 11.30am – 12.00pm SATURDAY 6th February. Suggested age 3+. No booking required . FREE to attend…get ready to ROAARRR!

A special ‘Approaching Acting’ session for young people 12+, will also be led by Sixth Sense Theatre Company, 1.30 – 2.00pm SATURDAY 6th February at Central Library. This is a focused interactive session on active methods and ideas, with the potential to gain an Arts Award from the workshop. Space is limited but FREE and booking in advance is advised.To book call on: 01793 463238 or go to the Central Library to put your name down.

Liden Library: Special all new story time at 10.30am!

Penhill Library: The increasingly popular Kids’ Craft Club at Penhill Library will have a Chinese New Year theme on Saturday 6th February – complete with dragons! No need to book, just turn up between 10:30-12noon and join the fun.

Book Hogs

Squee! Much cuteness! Brilliant Book Hogs made at Penhill Library Kids’ Craft Club.

For more information on any of the above sessions, please contact the relevant library.