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Library e-bulletin 2nd June2020
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Children's & Families Newsletter

Hello and welcome to our tenth newsletter!  We hope you’ve found something to enjoy in all of the ideas we’ve shared over the weeks (you can see them all on our manclibraries blog). This week we’re bringing you lots of ideas about great books, challenges, and an exciting new programme from Z-arts and Read Manchester where children can write their own adventure and join in with drawing tutorials. As schools prepare to go back, we highlight some great resources to help ease children back into the classroom.

Through a Manchester window

All around the world people are stuck indoors and sharing the view from their windows.  Our partners at the Manchester Cultural Education Partnership invite you to get involved in this easy accessible activity.  Share the view from your window in Manchester using any art form you fancy and your creations will be shared with the world.  You can draw or collage what you see, write a poem or sing a song - it’s up to you!

Empathy Day with Manchester Libraries

Our fantastic Empathy Day programme kicks off this week with an array of crafts and storytelling by top authors and library staff.  Don’t miss the amazing Kate Milner, author of It’s A No Money Day as she reads her book about a family who have plenty of love, but not much money, especially for Manchester Libraries.  Catch our new activities at 2pm on Facebook every day, or catch up later on our YouTube channel.

For full details see here.

Memory Boxes

Whilst many of us are still staying close to home, there is still time to explore the history of your local area. We've now published 6 online memory boxes covering different neighbourhoods in Manchester. 

Take a look and see if the photographs trigger any forgotten memories for your family of growing up in Manchester. This week it’s Cheetham Hill. There will be 6 worksheets to use as prompts to start a conversation and we're encouraging everyone taking part to share their findings with us.

See the Archives+ blog for more details.

Get ready to get SILLY!

It’s almost time for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.  It’s a new look digital challenge, which launches 5 June to give you even longer to read over the summer.  For 2020 it’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh.  We’re planning a fantastic programme of online events, stories and crafts with guest authors, poets and artists from July.  The incredible Nick Sharratt will be launching our Challenge and also helping us out every week (yes, really!). 

We’ll keep you updated with what we’re planning, but if you can’t wait to find out about the digital challenge, have a look here.

Not to be missed - new storytimes, crafts and lego challenges every week

Monday Memories
Open up a new online memory box about a local Manchester area 
Crafty Tuesday
Time to get creative with our children’s craft sessions 
Wednesday Lego Club
A new LEGO challenge
Thursday Tales
Share a storytime with one of the children’s team 
Culture Friday
We’ll highlight the best of Manchester culture you can explore online
Saturday STEM Club
Hands-on fun and learning for children and families 

Every day at 11.00 on Facebook, but don’t worry if you miss it - we’re saving them on YouTube.

Create your own amazing adventure - inspired by Tiger and Mog!

Read Manchester has teamed up with Z-Arts, the Story Drawing Club, and Stagecoach to bring local families a creative programme to inspire the next generation of story writers and illustrators. 

Over the next five weeks look out for drawing tutorials with Emma from the Story Drawing Club. These work alongside a brilliant new book, which helps children to write an imaginative and exciting story inspired by The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat based on the well-known and much loved books of Judith Kerr. You can download your special book and star in your very own story as the main character.  See here for more information.

NEW! Storytime with Drag Queen Aida H Dee

It's storytime with Drag Queen Story Hour UK and Manchester Libraries!  This Thursday we’re being treated to a family friendly and interactive storytime for everyone in the family to enjoy (suitable for age 2+).  Aida H Dee has been reading stories across the country for 3 years, taking her storytime to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glastonbury Festival, and Brighton Festival!  Don’t miss ours on Thursday 4 June at 11 a.m. on our facebook page.

 

Children’s e-books and audio books

You can download eBooks and eAudiobooks for free from BorrowBox with your library card! If you don't have a Manchester Libraries card all you need to do is register here and use the temporary library number you are given.

Spotlight on… Holes by Louis Sachar
This week's eAudio lead title is the multi-million bestseller 'Holes', a hilarious and powerful story about crime, punishment and redemption. And holes. Lots and lots of holes. 

Stanley Yelnats's family has a history of bad luck, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre, he is not surprised.  Every day he and the other inmates are told to dig a hole, five feet wide by five feet deep, reporting anything they find. The evil warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie, and Stanley must dig up the truth.

Children's Digital Magazines

No need to go out to pick up your favourite magazine. Read full digital copies for free from your computer, smartphone or tablet via the app. Magazines include Horrible Histories, 3D World, Match of the Day and many more. Borrow an unlimited number of magazines to keep forever or delete when you want. Register here with your library card or if you don't have one, get a temporary one here which you can use.

National Literacy Trust Family Zone

Schools are welcoming Year 6 children back into classrooms very soon, and The National Literacy Trust have lots of ideas on how parents can support children with their literacy at home from birth to 11, and to help them as they return; click here to find out more.  Find these and much more on the Family Zone website. 

Express yourself: the 10 week challenge -week 5

Energise your body and mind!

Let the positive energy flow in this week’s challenge. Join young creative Yelana and learn some new moves in her dance video challenge, and generate energetic language and bring characters to life in an action-packed writing challenge.

Challenges are bite-size and don’t take long to do, so take five minutes to feel uplifted through the power of creativity! Remember don’t overthink it, make mistakes, get lost in the moment and get stuck in. 

Give it a go at creativespacesmcr and share your creations on social media, using the hashtag #CreativeSpacesMcr, we’d love to see them!

Spotlight on Services

Whether you're a life-long library member or newly signed up, make sure you're using all the free library services available to you. Did you know there's an...

Online catalogue and an app so you can search for and reserve or renew books from anywhere.

Our Online reference library gives you access to free language courses, digital newspapers and magazines, music streaming and business resources.

Free ebooks and audiobooks mean you can download the latest bestsellers to read or listen on any device, there are no overdue charges, they return themselves and they're free to download.

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