Welcome to our latest newsletter- there's loads to do in Manchester Libraries- and beyond! Watch out for the launch of this year’s summer of fun with the Summer Reading Challenge- join the Gadgeteers with crafting, inventing, drawing and of course LOADS of reading!
See Myself in Books - Read Manchester’s campaign to promote diversity in children’s books - is holding its first mini-festival during the Festival of Libraries. Join in the fun on with a range of FREE family-friendly activities celebrating the joy of books and stories celebrating diversity. Relax in the story tent with our storyteller sharing stories with characters and authors/illustrators of colour and spend some time getting creative with a selection of craft activities for families. No need to book, just drop in and join us!
Join us in Central Library where we will be looking at the theme See Myself in Books. Can you think of a book where there is a character just like you or your family? It's also Refugee Week soon after, so we will be looking at a book called 'The Boy at the back of the class' and for older members 'When stars are scattered'.
Happy, Safe and Free is a yearlong, city-wide art project, exploring empathy and understanding for refugees through creativity.
To mark the beginning of Refugee Week 2022, people are encouraged to journey across our city on the 18th of June to follow the trail of artworks installed in 10 city-centre locations to view the young people. Make Central Library part of your route!
Library staff will be in the children's library on Saturday 18 June between 10am and 3:30pm with paper and pens if you would like to create your own artwork to add to the installation.
Join us for our new French Storytime in the Children’s library area at Manchester Central Library. We will share stories in French and English and also a simple craft. This will be suitable for children aged 4-7.
We're excited to let you know that more of our Lego Clubs have restarted. Did you know that there's lots of benefits to be had from playing with Lego? These include developing creative thinking, fine motor skills, problem solving, it builds children's attention span and naturally encourages planning. It's fantastic for stress reduction and co-operative play! What's not to love about Lego? Ask in your local library about Lego clubs- here are some to get you started!
Family Board game Club Saturday 18 June 1pm to 4pm
We have a large collection of family board games for you to play with at our newly launched Family Board game Club at Manchester Central Library. Try before you buy! Play a new game or reminisce with your favourite game from the past. Bring the family along or take the challenge to play against new people.
Free drop-in, no need to book, suitable for all ages.
Gadgeteers our Summer Reading Challenge 2022
You’re invited to join our free Summer Reading Challenge with Manchester Libraries running from 4 July to 17 September. This year’s theme is science and innovation and we’re planning a summer filled with activities and prize draws to help you get reading!
Join at your local library from 4 July to receive your free joining pack and start reading books to earn your medal and certificate. Once you've read 6 books you will have completed the Challenge, but why stop there?
Join us for the first Zine Club at Moss Side Powerhouse Library on Saturday 25 June from 2pm until 4pm. Learn how to make zines, share what you love and be creative! No booking required, just turn up!
Suitable for ages 8 and above.
Spanish Storytime Saturday 25 June 3.30pm
Hola! Come and join María at the Spanish Storytime sessions where you can listen to a story in Spanish and learn phrases and vocabulary, whilst having fun. We end each session making a simple craft related to the story. Session are 45 minutes long and suitable for 4-7 year olds, being held at Manchester Central Library. Hasta pronto!
Eleven-year-old Danny Chung loves drawing – more than maths, which is what he is ‘supposed’ to be good at. He also loves having his own room, so he is put out when his non-English speaking, ex-maths champion grandmother comes to stay from China. It soon becomes clear to Danny that there is more to Nai Nai than meets the eye, and that they have more in common that he thought possible...
As part of the Our Year Campaign and in partnership with Blachere Illuminations, we are running a very exciting competition for children and young people to design a new Christmas motif.
The winners will have their drawings created into an illuminated motif that will be displayed as part of the festive programme on cathedral walk.
The competition offers a fantastic creative art project capturing the imagination of Manchester’s children and young people, we are hoping you can help us encourage participation as the initiative will add a new dimension to the city's popular festive lighting as we work towards Manchester becoming a child-friendly city.
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