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Half term fun at Maida Vale Library

Maida Vale Library hosted a full programme of events for children during half term.

There has been an ongoing treasure hunt to find spooky Halloween characters hidden around the library.


On Monday we had two really well attended sessions for our popular rocket making session in the morning and again in the afternoon – more than 80 children and adults came along.


On Tuesday we hosted an Elmer Day event. A bit late I know (or early as they’ll be another on 26 May 2018), but better late than never! The children listened to some stories about the multi-coloured elephant, played a game, then coloured in pictures and elephant ears and made an Elmer model.

On Thursday we were making spooky puppets from felt in the morning and afternoon and again and we were joined by over 100 children and adults! Hopefully everyone had a great time and I was ably supported by volunteers Lisa and Khaleda, so a big thank you to them.

A spooky Dracula!

There was also time for sharing stories, so something for everyone.

Halloween stories!

Simon Williams
Maida Vale Library

PS – if you’re interested in volunteering with us, we have more information here


Animal Magic at Queen’s Park Library

Elmer the Elephant

A team of children and parents got together to bring back Elmer the patchwork elephant’s colours with amazing results – Elmer is grateful and we are proud. Everyone went a bit mad with the glitter, putting some spark back into a moody London day.


In Disguise

There were lots of creative, colourful and expressive badges made at our “In Disguise” event. By the end of the session children were proudly wearing their designs; animals, stars, names, emojis and slogans.

We particularly liked “Reading is Great”.

In between making badges several participants chose their animal face paint design and managed not to wriggle too much during their transformation.

There were tigers, dinosaurs, butterflies, pandas and a Dalmatian. Plus one Batman by special request. A bat is an animal we were told, firmly.


The fantastic ZooLab held a crowd of children spellbound this week. Ranger Lillian told the tale of the stolen seed with a cast of creepy-crawlies including Mike the millipede and Thelma the tarantula. The children learned lots of interesting facts about the creatures and got to hold or stroke them too.

There are more events coming up at Queen’s Park Library as part of the Summer Reading Challenge including “Fabulous Fish”, “Beastly Super Sleuths” and “Canine Culture”.

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