Maida Vale Library hosted several events for children during the Easter holidays. We had an on going Easter egg hunt for pictures of eggs hidden around the library, and a library quiz.
We had two craft events –
During one session, the kids were able to blast off with super rockets which they made from recycled materials.
The following week we had an all day event making pop up Easter cards and Easter bunnies from hot chocolate jars.
A hopping good time was had by the many children who attended…!
We have events in our libraries for all ages, check out our Westminster libraries events page to see what’s coming up.
Elephant of my Heart
The Prospero Theatre group came to Queens Park Library to perform ‘Elephant of My Heart’ in the children’s library. The animal of your heart is your personal inner guide and each person has their own.
This was a wonderfully inventive join-in musical workshop that tells the story of a girl recovering in hospital who is visited by an elephant, the animal of her heart, and a host of other animals.
The children in the audience made rain noises by banging on the floor, danced and played characters in the story.
Here’s what the children had to say afterwards:
‘You will fly, you will ride on an elephant’s head. Most importantly you will enjoy this’
‘So creative and engaging. Everyone loved it’
‘You were very good. 100/100’
After the performance the children were led in a quest to find the animal of their own heart. These included a snake, an elephant, a chimera, a tiger and a chipmunk.
Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Crafts
The children’s library was full of eager egg hunters at our Easter Egg Hunt and Crafts event.
Children had to find three matching tokens hidden around the children’s library to claim their chocolate Easter egg. There were so many egg hunters we had to organise a second hunt.
After the chocolate fun there was a whirlwind of paper, scissors, pens and glue sticks producing lots of lovely decorated eggs and Easter cards.
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