Children’s & Families Newsletter

Welcome to this week’s edition of our Children’s and Families newsletter. It’s another edition packed full of great ideas of things to do, watch, and join in with.  If you haven’t already joined the Summer Reading Challenge, then what are you waiting for?! Manchester Adult Education’s Family Learning team have some great free online sessions for you to join and don’t forget our e-book and e-audiobook offer for children, which is growing every day!  At a time when home has become the main focus of our lives, it seems appropriate to also think about home and community from the point of view of a refugee, so we are also focusing on Refugee Week with some fabulous ideas for you to try.  And finally…thanks to our library staff, Angela and Siobhan for the great Silly Squad themed photo!

Join the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge!It’s time to get silly with the Summer Reading Challenge.  This year’s annual reading promotion is all about celebrating funny books, happiness and laughter through the Silly Squad theme.  Aimed at 4-11 year olds (but open to any age), joining is free and you’ll be able to record your reading and unlock rewards and incentives as you read.  For more information about how to join TODAY and our activity programme from 1 July onwards, see here.

Book Awards! 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway MedalsThe winners for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2020 will be announced this week. These are the UK’s longest running book awards for children and young people. Selected from longlists of 20 books per Medal, these titles reflect the very best in children’s writing and illustration published in the UK. The Awards’ mission is ‘to inspire and empower the next generation to shape a better world through books and reading.’ Check out the winners here on Wednesday 17 June 2020.



Refugee Week with Manchester LibrariesThe theme for Refugee Week this year is IMAGINE. With the current Covid-19 pandemic it is relevant more than ever to explore our imaginations. When we are stuck and don’t know where to turn, using our imagination to picture something new to take a step forward is sometimes the best response. 

Manchester Libraries have an amazing lineup of great events for Refugee Week 2020



Storytime: My Name is Not Refugee written and illustrated by Kate MilnerWe are very excited to announce that children’s author Kate Milner is doing a special reading of  her award winning book My Name Is Not Refugee just for Manchester Libraries! This powerful story details the journey of a little boy with his mother to seek refuge in another country. Kate offers us an insight into her story and illustrations and explains the journey of refugees to young readers. This is a must-watch video! Available via our YouTube page on Thursday 18 June at 11am.



The Giant Dolls’ House Project with Manchester LibrariesMany refugees and asylum seekers through conflict and displacement have been forced to leave their families and loved ones. Thinking about you and your family’s experience of staying in one space during the Covid-19 self-isolation and social distancing, we want you to join us by making your own miniature dolls’ house to illustrate your experience of isolation. See here for more details. 



Styrofoam Printing with ManyaThis session comes from Manya Alkhmri and is part of a larger series of craft sessions commissioned by Manchester Libraries and delivered by freelance artists we have worked with previously. Working from home, Manya shows us how we can use basic craft tools and some things you might find around the house to make your own hand printed cards using styrofoam sheets. Manya works mainly in sculpture but runs workshops across the city in everything from making self portraits in clay to lithography and mosaics. She has also exhibited at venues including HOME, Whitworth Gallery and as part of Manchester’s Syrian festival. Available via our YouTube page on Tuesday 16 June at 11am.



Refugee Video shortsThese Refugee video shorts are a great conversation starter to learn more about life experiences of refugees. We have picked out 10 short films for you to view to raise awareness of the struggles often faced by refugees.

See here for more details.



Learning Together with Manchester Adult EducationWould you like to support your child’s home learning through fun, creative activities and link with other parents to share your successes and challenges in this difficult period? Our partners from the fabulous Family Learning team have a great free offer of a number of online workshops for you and your children. They cover Science, Parenting, Maths and English Games, Crafts with your Children and Wellbeing For the Family, so why not join in. Register here



We all need a little Shelf Help from time to timeThese can be trying times, with plans on hold and everyone adapting to a new and ever-changing reality.  Books and reading can support mental wellbeing and The Reading Agency’s  Shelf Help book collection aimed at 13-18 year olds might help.  This collection of 35 books is recommended by health professionals and young people with experience of mental health issues.  Many of the recommended titles are available for free on Borrowbox.  Check out our blog for more information and links to access the books.



Father’s Day – Sunday 21 JuneHave you got a Super-Dad figure in your life? Seeing as Father’s Day is heading our way this weekend, why not take a look at these great books that you can share with your Dad/StepDad/Grandad/big brother – brought to you via the World Book Day website



British Library- lots of resources!The fantastic British Library has a mind-boggling collection of magical children’s books through the centuries that you can access right from your sofa. What’s more, they have put together a superb series of resources on how to draw a Gruffalo, create your own characters, design miniature books, make your hero super and a wonderful interview with Jacqueline Wilson.  What a treat!



Children’s e-books and audio booksDownload your eAudiobooks for free from BorrowBox with your library card! If you don’t have a Manchester Libraries card all you need to do is register here and use the temporary library number you are given.We have added a new selection of amazing ‘lead’ titles.
Say goodbye to queues and listen to your favourite titles instantly.The Genius Experiment – James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old orphan Max Einstein is not your typical genius. Max hacks the computer system at NYU in order to attend college courses (even though she hates tests), builds homemade inventions to help the homeless, and plays speed chess in the park. Her not-so-normal life is crazy but predictable until…
Max is recruited by a mysterious organisation! Their mission: solve some of the world’s toughest problems using science. She’s helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet. But that’s only if the sinister outfit known only as The Corporation doesn’t get to her first … Borrow The Genius Experiment and listen to the rest!  



Children’s Digital MagazinesNo need to go out to pick up your favourite magazine. Read full digital copies for free from your computer, smartphone or tablet via the app. Magazines include Horrible Histories, 3D World, Match of the Day and many more. Borrow an unlimited number of magazines to keep forever or delete when you want. Register here with your library card or if you don’t have one, get a temporary one here which you can use.




Express yourself: the 10-week challenge-week 7What does community mean to you?Set the timer, roll a dice, pick the words and write a short story celebrating community.  Then get inspired by Japanese poetry with performance poet Nasima Begum, and write a Haiku poem exploring what community means to you.  Challenges are bite-size and don’t take long to do, so take five minutes to feel good through creativity.

Give it a go at creativespacesmcr.  Share your creations on social media, using the hashtag #CreativeSpacesMcr, we’d love to see them!



NLT Family Zone: 40th birthday of Not Now, BernardThis week marks the 40th birthday of Not Now, Bernard and the National Literacy Trust have featured author David McCee as their author of the week to celebrate! You can watch the classic children’s book being performed by Ben Bailey-Smith here.



Spotlight on ServicesWhether you’re a life-long library member or newly signed up, make sure you’re using all the free library services available to you. Did you know there’s an…

Online catalogue and an app so you can search for and reserve or renew books from anywhere.

Our Online reference library gives you access to free language courses, digital newspapers and magazines, music streaming and business resources.Free ebooks and audiobooks mean you can download the latest bestsellers to read or listen on any device, there are no overdue charges, they return themselves and they’re free to download.

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