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Library e-bulletin February 2021

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Children and Families February Newsletter

Welcome to our February half-term edition of our newsletter.  The days are getting longer, and Spring is finally on its way!  There’s lots to look forward to in the book world too, with all the excitement of World Book Day, plus a great competition to join and some brilliant videos to watch.  And of course, it’s International Mother Language Day on 20 February and we have a jam-packed programme of family friendly activities to celebrate our multilingual city. 

World Book Day Club

World Book Day this year is on 4 March, and while authors can’t come out to your school, or library, there’s plenty to see and do online. The World Book Day Book Club brings you favourite reads each month, author information and videos, all for free.  The very first Book Club title will be High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson, published by Knights Of, a new publisher which introduces a range of more diverse characters in their books. 

Find out more and join the club

  World book day Book club banner on yellow background

World Book Day Share a Story Corner 

The Share A Story Corner videos have familiar characters and easy to follow stories, and tips for reading together. Look at the pictures together, guess what the characters are up to and ask your child what they think will happen next. Your child will soon be asking to read together again and again!  

There are lots to choose from - find your favourite video here.

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Connecting Stories ‘Local Heroes’ competition 

Why not get involved with Read Manchester’s Connecting Stories with the National Literacy Trust?   Our creative writing competition has just launched and we’re looking for budding writers aged 7-14 on the theme of ‘Local Heroes’.  Selected entries will be published in an anthology of writing so your child could see their name in print or as part of a local exhibition!

Find out everything you need to know about the competition.  

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Lady talking to a class of schoolchildren

International Mother Language Day

We’ve got a World Party right here with Manchester Libraries and everyone’s invited!   Join Manchester Libraries online as we celebrate this year’s International Mother Language Day, which is all about Friendship. 


We’ve got a fabulously fun-packed free day of activities for all ages from all parts of the world. Rock out to West Indian folk and ska music, join our multilingual StoryTime for younger children, or dance and drum along to classical Indian rhythms. There’s so much to do and see – dancing, singing, music, STEM science to try at home, stories, crafts, games and poems!  


Say Hola! this half term to lots of different languages and cultures with our Multilingual Story Time for children 5yrs+ and families – free online. Monday 15 – Friday 19 February from 11am on Facebook. 


Saturday 20 February from 10.30am – free ONLINE event for children and families – tune into our Twitter and Facebook pages.

LGBTQ+ Story Session

Tues 23 February, 11am  Manchester Libraries Facebook. 

Join Chloe Cousins from The Proud Trust’s Young People of Colour for a fantastic, fun story session for young children and their parents/carers. Chloe will be reading the lovely picture-book that includes the use of gender pronouns– They, She, He as easy as ABC by Maya & Mathew (published by Reflection Press). "They, She, He easy as ABC shows that including everyone is all part of the dance. It’s easy. It’s fundamental. As the dance begins the kids proclaim, “No one left out and everyone free,” in a sing-song rhyme about inclusion.  

  They, She, He, Me

Young Person's Reading Group 

Thursday 18 February 7pm to 8pm 

Aged 13-18 years? Do you enjoy reading and want to share your favourite books with others? Or have you just got back into reading and don't know where to start? Join us each month for a virtual meet up to discuss new titles, book reviews and recommendations at our friendly informal group.  

To book your free place email siobhan.o' 

  Young Persons reading club

STEM Club half term science poster

Climate Change Science Videos 

Manchester Libraries are running a series of climate change videos on our YouTube channel and Manchester Libraries Facebook page during half term. 


Why not take a look or have a go at some of our simple activities?  

National Football Museum Writing Festival 

A year on from the very first Children's Football Writing Festival, the National Football Museum is once again hosting some of its favourite children’s authors online this February half term. Five days of football stories and fun writing activities are coming your way! 

Kicking off on Facebook every morning at 11am. 

  Children's football writing festival poster

Bestselling eBooks and eAudiobooks  

Find books without the wait, now on BorrowBox -your library in one app. Libraries have lots of great books to borrow in e-book and e-audio format.  Why not try one today? 

The Worry Website by Jacqueline Wilson, narrated by Helen Lederer  - Suitable for children aged 10+ 

Is anything bothering you? Problems in class or at home? Don't know where to turn for help? Log on to the Worry Website! Type in your worry and wait for the good advice to flow in.  At least that's the plan when Mr Speed sets up his super-cool new Worry Website for the class. Holly, Greg, Natasha and the rest feel that they've got shed loads of worries but, as they find out, sometimes the best advice comes from the most unexpected place. 

  The worry website by Jacqueline Wilson front cover

International Women’s Day (IWD) 

Saturday 6 March  

IWD themed activities throughout the day 

STEM Club Online at 11am, Craft at 1pm, Lego Club at 2pm 

Think of a woman who really inspires you. At our craft session we will be making easy to create puppets, crowns, mosaics and more. 

You will find all these activities on our Facebook on Saturday 6 March.  

  International women's day poster

Don’t let the kids have all the fun! -images from Central Library to brighten your meetings! 

If you’re tired of the same old background for your meetings, why not pretend you’re sitting in our fantastic Central Library!  We’ve selected four brilliant images that you can download.  Who wouldn’t want to be in the majestic Reading Room right now?  Download your image and while you’re at it, why not donate to our ongoing fundraising appeal to give children in Manchester their very own new books to keep.   

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