Story Lab – heading for the halfway mark

Hungry Caterpillar craft session at St John's Wood LibraryWe’re approaching the halfway mark of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge: Story Lab, and it’s shaping up to be one of the most successful yet.
Most Westminster libraries have had more children join the challenge this year than last, and with a massive 130+ events across the libraries this summer, there’s no danger that they’ll forget to come in and tell our willing volunteers about what they’ve been reading!

If your children haven’t joined yet, it’s not too late – get down to your local library, sign up and get your Story Lab pack.

Here are some photos of what the kids have been up to in the last couple of weeks:

Bronia Evers at Paddington Children's LibraryStoryteller Bronia Evers visited Paddington Children’s Library for a really well-attended session. There was lots of good feedback and the queues afterwards for the children to pick up their first stickers (there’s a prize after each two books read) had to be seen to be believed. Storytellers Seema Anand and Guo Yue visited Church Street and Charing Cross libraries respectively (read about it here), and the children of Queen’s Park can see Wafa Tarnowska on 18 August.

Debutots at Mayfair LibraryPerformer Keeley has been taking her Debutots event for the under fives (“dipping tiny toes into stories and sounds”) to every Westminster Library this summer – you can catch her next at Marylebone Library on 14 August. The sessions include songs, stories, actions, music, dancing and very exciting bubbles!

The Wallace Collection at St John's Wood LibraryThe ever-popular Wallace Collection art and craft workshops have been going down particularly well this year – one event was packed out with over 40 children (not to mention the accompanying grown-ups). The workshops include a story told with props (with lots of audience participation!) after which the children can then create their own artworks based on what’s in the Collection.

Wallace Collection workshop at St John's Wood Library

[Rachel]

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