Kids and Dads Enjoy a Spectacular Story Time at Manchester Central Library!

Story time in the tent

Lots of excited children and families gathered at Manchester Central Library this afternoon for Spectacular Story Time, a Manchester Children’s Book Festival Trailblazer event. The event, sponsored by festival partners Manchester City Council and Archives Plus, offered lots of fantastic activities for children and their dads (and granddads!) just in time for Father’s Day.

The afternoon, which coincided with the library’s weekly Saturday morning story-time, started with some fantastic singing from the children and library helper Lynne. This was followed by a surprise visit from the children’s favourite, Bookstart Bear. Bookstart had a fantastic time singing along with the children and performing the actions. He seemed to especially enjoy singing along to ‘Wind the Bobbin In’. Learning Officer for Manchester Central Library, Angela Rawcliffe said, “This provides families with a really nice afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the shops and has lots of lovely activities for children to do with their families.”
Card-making activities

After the singalong, the children and their families were treated to lots of great Father’s Day activities such as card-making, badge-making and mazes to untangle. There was also the opportunity to do some colouring and to listen to some stories with Compton Valance and his friends in the story-telling tent. Veronica Taylor who was visiting the event with her grandchildren, Rae and Auden, said, “We are having a family party this afternoon and needed to keep the children occupied for a couple of hours. This is a great way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon.”

Compton enjoying some great stories

James Draper, Festival Director, said, “Events like this that provide lovely, simple activities for children and their families to do are just as popular as the festival’s bigger events that feature well-known guest authors. The great thing about Manchester is how all the publicly-funded arts groups work together meaning that there are lots of activities for families and book-lovers going on all the time.”

The library will be holding a free story-telling event, suitable for tiny tots and toddlers, on Wednesday 1st July from 10.30am to 11.30am. No booking is required, simply come along and enjoy some fantastic stories.

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