In October last year, Patrick Stringer began homework help sessions called Grid Club every Tuesday’s from 5pm to 6pm at City Library. This has been a great success and we have regulars children along with newcomers at each session.
In December last year, we had a sparkling Wychwood Fairies event with children coming along dressed up and one lucky fairy won the beautiful book by Faye Durston. Due to popular demand, Faye is back at Gosforth Library on Friday 25 February from 11am to 12noon. Come along to meet Faye and enjoy taking part in a bit of fairy magic at the craft session. Suitable for children aged 6 and over. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. To book phone 0191 2774100 or ask at any library.
It always feels a bit sad when you have to put all the Christmas decorations away and box them up for another year. However, that’s done now and the Children’s team are eagerly planning new events and author visits for a fun-packed 2011.
This year we are launching our ‘author of the month’ as a regular feature and we have chosen Giles Andreae for January. We’ve put a collection of his books on display on level 3 for you to have a look at. If you need any help choosing books please ask a member of staff who will be happy to assist.
Giles has written many books for the very young…
and for newly fluent readers.
Jenni Reay, our student volunteer, has been working on gathering a great list of authors for the coming year to suit all ages and tastes. Here’s what she has to say about Giles:
‘Giles Andreae has a talent for creating side splitting humour within four lines of text and he typically writes his books for under five’s in the format of short poems which are ideal for dipping in and out of with younger readers. Fun fact: Giles attended Eton College where he was best friends with David Cameron!’
Sadly, one of our best loved childrens’ authors, Dick King-Smith, has died, aged 88. He was author of ‘The Sheep-Pig’, the book that inspired the Oscar-winning film ‘Babe’. Dick sold over five million books in Britain. Reserve a book by Dick King-Smith.
We’re pleased to announce that we have subscribed to Clear Vision - a UK postal lending library for mainstream children’s books with added Braille. The books all have Braille (or Moon), print and pictures making them suitable for visually-impaired and sighted children and adults to share.
If you would like to borrow Clear Vision books please contact 0191 2774100 and we will arrange for the books to be delivered to your nearest library. We can also obtain non-fiction books, books for teenagers, books if you are learning to read and books for the very young from Clear Vision. Welcome also to Chris Rutherford, a new member of the children’s team, who has started work on Clear Vision and will be as well as a new project in local schools.
Children and Young People Service Manager