We’ve been busy at Maida Vale Library –
We hosted a couple of activities to amuse the local children during the half term break. On the Tuesday we had a monster mouth event to highlight with National Smile Month, all about dental hygiene. After a story about a dinosaur who eats too many sweets and ends up at the dentists, we made some lovely colourful monster hand puppets from felt.
On the Thursday we had a dinosaur drawing workshop – there were some very weird and scary results.
About 50 children plus their parents, turned up to the events. Thanks to Mina, our agency worker and our volunteer, Susan for all their help with the events.
And this we had a very lively under 5s event where we celebrated National Bookstart Week – everyone got copies of ‘Everybunny Dance’ by Ellie Sandall.
We read some bunny stories – “Where’s Peter Rabbit?”, and “Guess how much I love you” and the rhyme “Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose” and of course we played sleeping bunnies. After some major bunny hopping, the children made some bunny ears after colouring them in.
Don’t worry if you missed out, we have lots of events in our libraries for all ages, hope to see you soon.
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!