News from Manchester Libraries’ and Read Manchester

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News from Manchester Libraries’ and Read Manchester

Exciting Opportunities for Children and Families!

Over the last few months, the fantastic staff at Manchester Libraries have turned their attention to discovering new ways of working in support of schools and families within the local community. 

Storytelling and craft workshops have been recreated virtually and a weekly newsletter has been produced to provide an overview of the great resources available online.  The newsletter, along with a range of interesting articles about access to eBooks, interviews with local authors and activities for children and families, can be found on the Manchester Library Blog.  Parents and carers can sign up to receive this newsletter.

For the full range of video stories, craft sessions, STEM club workshops and information guides, visit the Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives YouTube Channel, where you will find make-it tutorials on everything from origami bags to lava lamps!

There are lots of exciting activities still to come, including...

The Summer Reading Challenge 2020 – ‘Silly Squad’

The annual Summer Reading Challenge has launched early this year, as the whole event will be delivered online through the Reading Agency website, in a format designed to keep children engaged and interested in reading.  Aimed at children aged 4-11, the Challenge will run over the remainder of the summer until the middle of September.

Children can join by visiting the Silly Squad website and will be encouraged to read any type of book, from home, at school, or online.  Comics, magazines and graphic novels all count and unlike previous years, there is no minimum requirement –  you can read 1, 2 or 202… see how many you can get through and keep adding them to your total score.

To celebrate the launch, Manchester Libraries will be offering daily online sessions for the entire week, from Monday 29 June until Friday 1 July.  Workshops include ‘Draw with Me’ featuring Jacqueline Wilson’s favourite illustrator Nick Sharratt, as well as craft sessions, poetry and storytelling.  There will also be a book review competition.  You can find out more by visiting the Manchester Library Blog.

The Kid Who Came from Space - Read Manchester’s First Transition Read

The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 can often be a worrying time and this year will present even more of a challenge as students make the move to secondary school following a period of disruption and uncertainty.  Our partners at Read Manchester have been working hard to organise Manchester’s first ever city-wide ‘Transition Read’ as a way of bringing children together through a shared experience.  

The Kid Who Came from Space by Ross Welford has been selected as the book that will be read by every Year 6 child across the city between now and the Autumn term.  7,300 copies of the book have been delivered to schools and Year 6 settings and our copies arrived last week!  An activity pack to accompany the book will be sent out in July to schools and children can take this home in support of their reading over the summer holidays.  In the Autumn Term, there will be lots of discussion with our new Year 7 students around the book and this will be incorporated into library lessons.

Reading Rascals – Online Reading Group

Manchester Libraries has been running its very own virtual reading group for children aged 8-10, since the beginning of lockdown in March.  Parents and carers are able to sign up via email, by contacting Mona Pasha, Service Development Coordinator.

Once registered, a Reading Rascals pack will be sent via email each month containing hints and tips to support reading, along with fun activities such as word searches, colouring and crafts.  At the moment, children complete the activities with direct support from library staff over email, however, Manchester Libraries hope to expand this offer to include a monthly virtual reading group, which will allow children to discuss their reading habits.  Permission will be required from parents and carers if children wish to take part.  Further information will be shared on our news page once more details are announced by Manchester Libraries.  In the meantime, keep an eye on the Manchester Library Blog for all the latest updates! 


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