The latest news from Essex Libraries including;
• What’s On This Half Term?
• October Book of the Month
• Rochford and Castle Point Slipper Swap
• Have Your Say on Recycling Centre Bookings
What’s On This Half Term?
Meet Author Kate Read
Enjoy her reading of her book ‘One Fox’, and take part in a fun print making session! For ages 3+.
Monday 23 October and Tuesday 24 October at various libraries, morning and afternoon sessions available.
Malik’s Bridge Workshops
Join Kunda Kids publishers for a reading of ‘Malik’s Bridge’, design and build your own bridge, and enjoy an introduction to Black History Month. For ages 4 to 10.
Tuesday 24 October and Friday 27 October at various libraries, morning and afternoon sessions available.
Comic Strip Workshops
Come and make your own comic strip! Enter it into our competition to be in with a chance of winning up to £500! Aimed at ages 11 to 13.
Monday 23 October, Tuesday 24 October, Wednesday 25 October, and Friday 27 October at various libraries, morning and afternoon sessions available.
Lego in Libraries
If you’re a parent or carer with a child aged 6-11 who loves LEGO®, why not sign up for our free LEGO® in libraries project, funded by the Essex Year of Numbers? Your child will get the chance to improve their maths and English skills, while having fun playing with relatable LEGO® characters!
Various dates and times available in half term and beyond!
Lab in the Library
A free exciting science event for children aged 7+. We will be using numbers to solve puzzles and riddles as well as the odd experiment along the way! Book in advance.
Laindon Library Monday 23 October, Witham Library Tuesday 24 October, Greenstead Library Thursday 26 October, Walton Library Saturday 28 October
Arts, Crafts, and Halloween!
Lots of libraries are hosting a range of seasonal and crafty activities over the course of the week.
Pop into your local library to see what’s on, or have a browse on our events platform!
October Book of the Month
Meet Mo Merrydrew – independent young woman, Mini Battenburg fan, president of the debating society – and reluctant vampire queen …
Fifteen-year-old Mo Merrydrew isn’t exactly expecting to be asked to be Vampire Queen of Great Britain when she’s cycling home from school one wet Tuesday evening. Apparently, she is ‘the Chosen One’. Aside from being uncomfortable with the idea of unelected power (not very democratic), there’s the blood drinking to consider (Mo is a vegetarian), and frankly it’s just not really the sort of role Mo’s looking for (she wants to aim for a real job in politics).
But – if you’re Vampire Queen, you probably don’t have to do PE any more, and when the dreamy Luca, a vampire familiar, turns up, it all suddenly starts to look a bit more appealing…
Rochford and Castle Point Slipper Swap
Older residents of Rochford and Castle Point can receive a new pair of free slippers to help reduce the risk of accidents due to trips and falls. Find out more.
Have Your Say on Recycling Centre Bookings
Since March 2023, residents have had to book a slot to visit any Essex County Council recycling centre. Following an evaluation of the trial and responses to a user feedback survey, Essex County Council are now proposing to keep the booking process at recycling centres permanently.
The evaluation has shown that the booking process has been working well, and congestion both in and around the sites has reduced since the trial was introduced.
However, resident feedback is really important when it comes to making decisions about council services, so make sure you have your say!
The consultation is open until 19 November 2023 so there is plenty of time to share your views. Find out more information, read the evaluation and complete the survey.
You can also read more about the consultation at your local library!