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Library news and activities

Check out what we have going on, as well as some useful links to some fun activities for you and your young ones.

The Summer Reading Challenge 2021 is under way!

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Your Mission: Go wild for reading this Summer by joining the Wild World Heroes - it will inspire you to protect and love our planet!

Visit your local library, sign up and read six books over the Summer.

By collecting stickers as you read each book, it will help our heroes, David, Willow, Marcus, Faiza, Carys and Callum to make Wilderville a better environment for all. Collect other cool prizes: a bookmark, pencil and fridge magnet!

When you sign up, you will receive your logbook. This is where you can keep track of the six books you have read.

There’s a Mini Challenge too, for under 4s and their families - sign up and collect your mini logbook. Children can collect stickers for each book read, and a gold medal sticker for the sixth book.

There will be a closing ceremony in September with certificates and medals presented!

And every child who completes the challenge will be entered into a prize draw with some fantastic prizes up for grabs!

Find your next great read by exploring The Wild World Heroes Book Collection at your local library, the library online catalogue or eBooks via OverDrive / Libby

Don’t forget to visit the official website to get rewards, play games, earn badges, enter competitions and much, much more! (external link)

Get ready for a Summer of reading fun and become a Wild World Hero!

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Activities for children

Pizazz Super Mask Competition 

Book cover - Pizazz vs Perfecto: A spectacular superhero story that fizzes with fun on every page (L. Pichon).To celebrate the release of Pizazzʼs third adventure, Pizazz vs Perfecto, Simon & Schuster Childrenʼs Books are giving you the chance to win £1,000 worth of children’s books for your local library! 

The lucky winner will also receive a full art kit and a complete set of the Pizazz series!

10 runners up will also receive a complete set of the Pizazz series.

How to enter

To enter, simply colour in and cut out your own ʻSuper Maskʼ using the activity sheet below. Make sure to include a super name on the back of your design (it can be a hero or a baddie) and customise your mask to make it your very own.

There are a few accessories included on the sheet to get you started, but don't stop there – create your own shapes and patterns and even add some text if you fancy! It's all up to you – the more creative you are the better!

Once complete, send a photo via email to ChildrensBooks@simonandschuster.co.uk with ʻPizazz Super Mask Competitionʼ in the subject line or post it to:

Pizazz Super Mask Competition
Simon & Schuster Children’s Books
222 Gray’s Inn Road
London
WC1X 8HB

Remember to include all the following:

  • your name
  • age
  • address
  • a parent/guardian's contact email address

If youʼre under 18, please ask your parent/guardian to enter for you.

Get your entries in before 11.59pm on 24 July 2021.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the Simon and Schuster website (external link).

Good luck!


'Hair Love' Animated Short

Hair Love, an Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

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Printable Activities for Children

See also the Children's Libraries page.

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Reading Ahead

We are delighted to partner with the Reading Agency and bring #ReadingAhead to Haringey Libraries.

Reading Ahead is a reading challenge for young people and adults delivered by libraries and learning settings that asks participants to choose 6 reads. These can be books, magazines, recipes, letters - anything!

Challenge yourself to read and review 6 books that give you pleasure.

Start Your Reading Journey Today! (external link)

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Featured Adult Authors

Check out this month's featured adult authors, Hilary Mantel and Zadie Smith. Hilary was the first woman to be awarded the Man Booker Prize, not once, but twice. Zadie's first novel won a Whitbread First Novel Award. You can read all about Hilary's and Zadie's exploits, and even borrow featured books via our digital catalogue.

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Speaking Stones

A librarian, called Andrew Bence, whom users of Stroud Green Library and our other libraries may know, perhaps even like, channels the character of proud Victorian do-gooder Councillor Henry Burt to recall the story of how, over more than a century, our much-loved Stroud Green and Harringay Library has steadfastly served its community.

Speaking Stones is online project consisting of a series of videos celebrating cultural buildings, objects and street art in ‘Harringay and Beyond’. Take a look at a video on the history of Stroud Green Library by Speaking Stones:

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During Hornsey Library's recent refurbishment, Reclining Figure in Bronze by Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones could only be distantly glimpsed through a gap in the fence, waiting for the day when she returned to glory in the newly developed building.

But all the while she was waiting, she carried on dreaming...

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Page last updated:

July 15, 2021