Manchester Libraries November Children & Families Newsletter

Children & Families NewsletterWe have a jam-packed newsletter for you- look out for the latest in our children’s ebook selections and Manchester Memory Box series, plus exciting news about the Winter Mini Challenge (think Summer Reading challenge- but cooler!) and our brand new digital programme Buzzin’ for Books- it’s going to be a busy month! 
Groove on down!Buzzin’ for Books is Manchester Libraries brand new digital programme made for specially for primary aged children.  Our hive of videos contains themed Book Reviews, exclusive Author clips and Reading Rascals Book Club teasers! If you are looking for a bee-rilliant new read or author to explore, be sure to catch the weekly video every Thursday from 11am on Manchester Libraries Facebook or Youtube.Check them out today! Bee on book
STEM online Ambassador Career Session for young people – 26 November 6.30pm Interested in engineering? Aged 13-19 years?  Manchester Libraries’ STEM Club Online invites you to join our virtual chat with Modupe Akinola as she shares her journey into a career in engineering.  This session is very informal and young people will have the opportunity to ask Modupe lots of questions about how to get into engineering, hints and tips for a STEM career and anything else STEM related.Book online hereStem Event poster
Reading Rascals Spooky Special Reading Rascals, our Children’s virtual Reading Group is getting ghoulish in this month’s Spooky edition. Discover scary and thrilling reads, make an edible craft and tell us what you are reading this month! With competitions and challenges you could win a copy of A World Full of Spooky Stories by Angela McAllister. Our next virtual meeting is on Friday 27th and we’ll be playing a quiz and talking about what we’ve read and made.Email Angela or Mona to find out how to join.Reading book under blanket and pumpkins
I Read Me: More Black Authors in Schools – Saturday 28 November, 2pm Join us for a livestreamed, interactive children’s book reading with Contact Theatre, Read Manchester and Manchester City of Literature.  Co-curated with Maia, 9 years old, the event is inspired by her letter to her Headteacher asking for her school to include more ‘Black books by Black authors’ in their reading lists and on the curriculum. 
 
Maia invites her favourite authors Nathan Bryon (Look Up!), Hannah Lee (My Hair) and Peter Kalu to read their books and have a conversation with Manchester school children. 
 
For 4-8 years olds and their grown-ups. Book your free ticket here.Girl reading book on yellow sofa
Winter Mini Challenge 2020 We are “snow” excited to announce the Winter Mini Challenge programme from The Reading Agency. The Winter Mini Challenge encourages children to keep reading through those cold winter holidays and begins on 1 December.    The Reading Agency is teaming up with brrr-illiant children’s publisher, Knights Of, to present ‘Everyone Is A Hero’ reading challenge, a challenge celebrating all reading heroes across the UK (and beyond). All you have to do is choose a reading goal and then read that many books before the end of the Challenge.  You can rate and review your books on the website and you’ll unlock a limited-edition virtual badge for your profile and a special certificate that you can print out and keep.Check it all out here! Artwork: Marssaié Jordan, Rex Crowle, Wumzum and Selom Sunu Moni Winter Challenge poster
November Online Memory Box: Burnage The latest addition to our memory box collection covers the Burnage area. Take a look and see if the photographs trigger any forgotten memories for your family of growing up in Manchester. The worksheets included can be used as prompts to start a conversation and we’re encouraging everyone taking part to share their findings with us.See the Archives+ blog for more details and previous memory boxes. Burnage Old Cottage
Children’s e-books and audio books Download 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. The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haigh(Suitable for children aged 5+) When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask – Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.  But Amelia isn’t just any ordinary girl. And – as Father Christmas is going to find out – if Christmas is going to be saved, he might not be able to do it alone . . . The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig cover
Have you seen our weekly online programme?   Our weekly digital programme has expanded, and we have a new offer for children aged 6+ called Buzzing for Books!  This joins our regular weekly programme which includes a Lego Challenge every week and an Under 5’s storytime. We’re not letting the kids have all the fun though – check out the new Book Express book review sessions and Quizzy Fridays for adults where you can pit your wits against those booky librarians!   Find all this on our Facebook Page. MAnchester Libraries digital programme
Story Explorers from the National Literacy Trust  A brand new children’s radio and podcast series Story Explorers, which is all about stories for 7 to 11-year-olds, has just been launched!  Available weekdays at 6.15pm on the national children’s radio station Fun Kids. Budding young podcasters  will interview and chat virtually with top authors about their work, the stories they love and also take part in fun games together.The first episode features Cressida Cowell- to listen to the show here. please Story Expolorers
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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.