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Ready for a Swashboggling summer? Join the BIG Friendly Read

13 July 2016

From Matilda to James and the Giant Peach, the wondercrump works of Roald Dahl will be celebrated across Essex Libraries as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

 With 2016 marking the 100th anniversary of the renowned children’s authors’ birth, and the BFG set to be one of this summer’s movie blockbusters, his works will be the inspiration behind this year’s challenge.
 
The challenge, called the ‘Big Friendly Read’, opens this Saturday, with children invited to pick up a free folder pack from their local library.
 
Children will be able to collect special rewards, keep track of the books they read as well as write reviews, enter competitions and chat to other readers via summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
 
To celebrate the summer season there will also be a host of activities happening across the county, ranging from writing ridiculous rhyme poetry sessions to visiting authors, craft sessions, and treasure hunts.
 
The Big Friendly Read includes a mini-challenge for children under three. They share books with parents and siblings and collect stickers in their own special folder, gaining a certificate and reward when they complete the challenge.
 

The Big Friendly Read mini-challenge

 The Big Friendly Read includes a mini-challenge for children under 3s. They share books with parents and siblings and collect stickers in their own special folder, gaining a certificate and reward when they complete the challenge.

 

ImagiNation - My Zine

Essex, Southend and Thurrock libraries are delivering a new arts based challenge for children and young people aged 10 and over called ImagiNation - My Zine.
 
Children and young people sign up at the library and receive the My Zine folder. Once a book is complete they are asked to create a Zine - a homemade mini magazine or poster and upload their work to www.Imaginationeast.org.uk.
 
Library staff and volunteers are available to lend a hand!
 

Events in July

 Loughton Library - Story Time with Karin Littlewood Author and Illustrator of Immi workshop for children aged 3 to 8.  Karin will lead the children through some activities to help them understand the creative processes. Two sessions on Saturday 16th July 2016: 10-10:50am and 11-11:50am, Spaces are limited.  Please speak to the library staff to reserve a place. Reservations can be made on the telephone: 020 8502 0181.
 

Events in August

 Chelmsford Library – Saturday 6 August 11am: James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch will be hosting a workshop and book reading. For children aged 7+
 
Baddow Library – Saturday 6 August 2pm: James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch will be hosting a workshop and book reading. For children aged 7+
 
Wickford Library – Summer Reading Challenge fun on Monday 8 August 2-3pm. For children aged 3 to 10. Join up to learn all about Roald Dahl, crafts and a treasure hunt. Prizes to be won! Free tickets available from Saturday 16 July
 
Colchester Library - Justin Coe delivers family poetry performances and workshops on Saturday 20th August.  2pm: Are We Being Silly? And 3pm: Write Your Own Ridiculous Rhymes
 
Hullbridge Library – Saturday 20 August 10am: James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch will be hosting a workshop and book reading. For children aged 7+
 
Clacton Library – Saturday 20 August 2pm: James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch will be hosting a workshop and book reading. For children aged 7+
 
Harwich Library - Justin Coe delivers family poetry performances and workshops on Monday 22nd August.  2pm: Are We Being Silly? And 3pm: Write Your Own Ridiculous Rhymes
 
Chelmsford Library - Justin Coe delivers family poetry performances and workshops on Monday 23rd August.  2pm: Are We Being Silly? And 3pm: Write Your Own Ridiculous Rhymes
 
Chelmsford Library – Wednesday 24th August 11am:  Andy Johnson aka Jonkers, author of Jimpy will be hosting a workshop and book signing. For children aged 7+