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.
- Libraries online
- Summer Reading Challenge 2020
- Featured Adult Authors
- Speaking Stones
- The Young Walter Scott competition
- Activities and stories for children
- See also
Check out this week'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.
Join our Summer Reading Challenge, for children aged 4 to 11 Summer Reading Challenge information (external link).
You can join in four easy steps:
- Join the silly squad and pick your avatar
- Discover awesome books to read
- Play games, earn points and more!
- Unlock badges throughout the challenge
Don't miss out!
How to make an Octopus Pinwheel (PDF, 720 KB) the craft was inspired by the Octopus illustration created by Author and Illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson for the Summer Reading Challenge 2020: Silly Squad.
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:
You could win a travel grant of £500, an invitation to the Borders Book Festival, and the chance to see your work in print.
- For more information on how to enter, and for your chance to win, take a look at the YWSP competition document (PDF, 2MB)
Storytime! Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes read by Yvvette Edwards:
Storytime! Lulu Loves The Library - read by Liz Cruz:
Storytime! Simon Sock read by Liz Cruz:
Storytime! The Gruffalo read by Yvvette Edwards:
Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell reads 'How to Train Your Dragon':
Has a little person you know been missing Rhyme Time recently? Andrew will be posting many of our favourites here - as well as on our Haringey Libraries Twitter and Facebook pages - over the next few weeks. Enjoy!
Twinkle twinkle little star
If you're happy and you know it
She'll be coming round the mountain
The wheels on the bus
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Wind the bobbin up
How much is that doggy in the window?
1,2,3,4,5… once I caught a fish alive
The grand old Duke of York
- Book Trust home time (external link) has some great book related fun things to do like story videos, how to draw book characters, interactive stories, quizzes and games
- How to make a rocket bookmark (PDF, 282KB)
- How to make a Caterpillar Fan (PDF, 1MB) - Inspired by Eric Carle’s picture book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'
- How to make an Elephant Mask (PDF, 1MB)
- How to make a Crocodile hat (PDF, 2MB)
- How to make a Giraffe Model (PDF, 1124KB)
- How to make a Penguin model (PDF, 822KB)
- How to make a Unicorn Mask (PDF, 773)
- How to make a Tambourine (PDF, 1MB)
- Key Workers Paper Dolls Project (external link)
- Winnie and Wilburn Stay at Home (external link) - read the eBook for free
See also the Children's Libraries page.
- Bruce Castle Online Gallery - delve into the archives and submit your drawing of Bruce Castle
- Haringey Adult Learning Service (HALS) - free online courses currently available
- Stay positive and creative - more ideas for looking after your mental wellbeing during lockdown
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