While they can’t invite you in for story times and Christmas activities this year, Worcestershire Libraries are offering a host of online activities and events to keep people connected and entertained through the festive season: whether it’s keeping the children occupied on a cold,
winter’s day, staying connected with others or sending an alternative Christmas gift.
Christmas Stories and songs:
A special Christmas Bounce and Rhyme is now available to view online. Sing-along with library staff to classic Christmas Carols and traditional nursery rhymes; suitable for pre-school children to enjoy with their parents and carers.
From Tuesday 15th December, online Christmas stories read by library staff will be released daily, culminating on Christmas Eve with the classic tale ‘Twas the night before Christmas’.
In addition, an online Christmas Library Lego Challenge video will be available to watch from Wednesday 16th December to inspire children to build and create over the Christmas holidays.
All Storytimes, Bounce and Rhyme sessions and Library Lego Challenges are available to watch on demand via the Worcestershire Libraries YouTube channel.
Keep up good reading habits over the Christmas holidays with the Winter Mini Challenge! In a year of celebrating heroes, children are being encouraged to become Worcestershire’s reading heroes by completing the Winter Mini Challenge. It’s easy to take part – children can sign up at wintermini.org.uk and simply need to read at least three books before the challenge finishes on 15th January 2021. Children gain digital rewards and incentives for reading and reviewing the books they choose. Remember, library membership is completely free and digital library content can be
accessed instantly online. All 21 Worcestershire libraries are now open browsing and borrowing so children can visit with their families to borrow a bundle of books to read over the festive period. For those needing digital access, all Worcestershire Libraries have free Wi-Fi and free computer sessions and desk spaces can be pre-booked online by visiting www.worcestershire.gov.uk/Libraries.
Christmas Connect Bubbles
To help keep people connected, Worcestershire Libraries are running a number of Library Connect Bubbles over the festive period:
Christmas Board Games Bubble – Friday 18th December, 11am – 12pm
Join us for some festive fun playing Drawzone and a Christmas Logo Quiz. Learn about other games you can play online with family and friends over the holidays. For Drawzone you will need to have either Firefox or Chrome as your internet browser. If you need any assistance installing these browsers please call (01905) 822722 and request a call back from one of their friendly Digital Champions who will be able to help you.
Christmas Woolly Bubble – Friday 18th December, 1pm – 2pm
Whether you’re a crochetier or a knitter, come along to this Christmas Woolly Bubble and have a natter with others. We’ll be chatting about Christmas makes and any projects you’ve got in mind for the New Year. All abilities welcome.
Christmas Craft Bubble – Monday 21st December, 2pm – 3pm
Be inspired to get crafty this Christmas. Join us on Zoom for a special Christmas Craft Bubble, making Christmas Pudding felt baubles. You can hang these on your tree or give to someone as a unique and homemade gift. You will need to provide your own materials to make the bauble – details of what you need can be found on the Eventbrite booking page.
Photography Bubble – Friday 8th January, 11am – 12pm Join us for the next Photography Bubble. This time we’re setting you a little project – choose your theme (either Topic 1 or Topic 2), take your photos, and bring them along to the group to share with others. Topic 1 – Capture the feel and change of lockdown …or…Topic 2 – take a photo of the same subject but from three different positions. For an extra bit of fun, we will also be playing a guess the object game at the end with some previously taken photos. It’s no problem at all if you don’t have time to take part in the project, just come along and join in the chat and share your passion for photography with others