Maida Vale Library hosted several lively craft sessions during the half term week last week. All week we had a hunt for children’s book characters which were hidden all over the library.
On Monday we had two sessions of mask making with some lovely animal masks.
On Wednesday it was time for Rubbish Robots which was very popular at both sessions with some fantastic results.
On Thursday the children made their own Snakes and Ladders games and also we had a session with the badge making machine.
A good time was had by all!
So it’s that time of year again, the tree has gone up, we’ve covered the place in tinsel, the Santa hats have been dusted off and we’re starting to get sick of certain songs already… yes, Christmas time is officially upon us.
And it wouldn’t be Christmas without us sharing the many festive musical events we’ve held in Westminster Music Library since the start of December…
Opening proceedings with a cracking selection of winter themed arrangements were the fabulous Opal Flutes flute choir, a bunch of keen amateur musicians of all standards and from many walks of life; as well as the standard flute we’re all familiar with, they also boast players of piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. So popular are they that they even have music specially arranged for them, Jingle Bells never sounded so good.
Having bid them all the very best for the festive season, it was time for the Music Library staff to take over and present the madness and mayhem that is the Under Fives Christmas Party, as ever with the help of the indispensable Georgina from Victoria Children’s Library:
“Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Under Fives Christmas Party in the Music Library, it’s right up there with the Queen’s Speech”
And of course there was a visit from the one and only Father Christmas (we know who you are, and your secret’s safe with us…).
Our musical entertainment managed to conjure up a lot of happy faces although there were a few tears. It’s amazing how competitive parents can be when it comes to the race for getting a Christmas present for being “good all year”…
Once Santa had departed to continue his gift distribution and we’d tidied up the tinsel, our thoughts turned to our grand finale Westminster Music Library Christmas event – a carol evening including mince pies and silly stories, and the amazing musical accompaniment of Knightsbridge Brass, a quintet of brass players from The Band of the Scots Guards.
A little different from Trooping the Colour, they were all game enough to trade in their bearskins for Santa Hats and provide exceptional musical back up for the carolling crowd – which reached a record breaking number this Christmas.
And that’s us done for this year’s Christmas celebrations in the Music Library, although we’re still eating the mince pies…
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Members of the Home Library Service, together with children from Pimlico Academy, enjoyed ‘A Christmas Carol’ performed by Librarian Theatre at Pimlico Library recently. It was a truly professional show – costumes, lighting, props, sound effects – all in the children’s library!
Afternoon tea after the performance was an opportunity to socialise too. Thanks to all the library staff for their help.
“Lovely to see the children and their interaction with the actors.”
“I found the Tiny Tim scene very emotional!”
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Tagged A Christmas Carol, children, HLS, Home Library Service, performance, Pimlico, Pimlico Academy, teenagers, teens, theatre
If you have a baby under the age of one year old, did you know that you can receive a free book bag from Bookstart?
It’s never too early to introduce your child to books – it’s about more than learning to read, the sound of your voice is the best thing.
Sharing books with young children can help very new babies with focusing; reaching and grabbing the flaps and pages in board books helps develop motor skills; and stories are great to use at bed time or at any time of the day, for a quiet few moments together. Books are a good way to share one-to-one time between a child and their parent. It only takes a few minutes a day and it’s free.
Above all, it’s about having fun!
The pack content varies, but will include two board books, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books. You should receive a Bookstart pack from your health visitor sometime in your baby’s first year. If you haven’t received one by the time your child is one, you can ask for a pack at your local library. While you are there, why not see what the library has to offer babies and toddlers – rhyme times, events and of course lots more books for little ones!
For more information on the scheme, visit www.bookstart.org.uk