Story sessions are a lure to the library

Children attend a stoytelling event at Stevenage library for libraries day

Children attend a stoytelling event at Stevenage library for libraries day - Credit: Archant

Little faces lit up as children listened quietly to some treasured tales at a special storytime event at Stevenage Central Library.

Children attend a stoytelling event at Stevenage library for libraries day

Children attend a stoytelling event at Stevenage library for libraries day - Credit: Archant

Under eights loved listening to stories at the reading on Saturday organised by Herts County Council to coincide with National Libraries Day – a national celebration of all things good about libraries.

The infants enjoyed stories including This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne and Open Very Carefully by Nicola O’Byrne before setting off on a book hunt to find 10 elephant-themed stories hidden around the children’s section.

There were also ‘blind borrowing’ games where the kids got to choose books after hearing only the first line of a story and a quiz with the chance to win a Kindle Fire.

On Sunday, another crop of kids came in for a playful theatre production called Alan in Wonderland by the Booster Cushion Theatre company.

Children attend a stoytelling event at Stevenage library for libraries day

Children attend a stoytelling event at Stevenage library for libraries day - Credit: Archant


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The show was a mixture of Alice in Wonderland and the Three Billy Goats Gruff about a big book that can transform magically into a tea party and even into a bridge.

The children were invited to take part in the Mad Hatters tea party, become trolls under a bridge, and even help the hero Alan save damsel in distress Alice.

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Library manager Michelle Lloyd said: “Staff and the public really enjoyed the weekend, it was great to see so many families taking part in the events and activities, and having fun in the library.”

Children and their parents attend a stoytelling event at Stevenage library for libraries day

Children and their parents attend a stoytelling event at Stevenage library for libraries day - Credit: Archant

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