From millinery to potions via snakes and ladders. All in a day’s work.

Treasure Map of Maida Vale LibraryMaida Vale library was a real hub of activity during Half Term! We held seven events across the week that attracted lots of enthusiastic and creative children.

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.

A Flag for the North Pole! at Maida Vale LibraryOn 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!

Making wizard hats at Maida Vale Library, Feb 2013

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…

Potions Bar at Maida Vale Library

DIY Snakes & Ladders at Maida Vale LibraryOn 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]

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