Two separate sessions on Monday saw children and parents alike making maps inspired by the Hobbit. Then the children were invited to seek out numerous cut-outs of the characters from the film and book hidden around the library.
On Tuesday afternoon, Athen, a Greenpeace volunteer, ran a workshop where young people designed a “Flag for the Future” with a message of peace, hope and community to be entered into a global competition where the winning design will be taken to the North Pole!
Wednesday saw a return to the Hobbit theme with a morning and afternoon wizard hat making workshop, which turned the children’s library into a milliners’ work place. Eric was also serving his own magical potions concocted from ingredients such as Snake’s Sweat & Gargoyle’s Boils, which thankfully just turned out to be unusual mixes of healthy fruit juices. And a dash of spinach…
On Friday children got the chance to make their own snakes and ladders boards, which we then laminated. All the sessions were a great success with nearly 130 children and 100 adults turning up. Luckily we had a Paddington Academy student doing work experience and two other teenage volunteers who showed a lot of enthusiasm and helped enormously with the events.
Now, what shall we do for the Easter holidays…?
[Eric and Simon]