On Tuesday 19 April, 39 children aged between 5 and 8 (and their carers) had an eggcellent time making Easter Bunnies and listening to various rabbit stories at Chepstow Library.
The following week on Thursday 28 April, children aged between 5 and 8 were cordially invited to Chepstow Library to enjoy a pre-Royal Wedding story and craft session. Sixteen children graced us with their presence and had a majestic time making crowns and listening to royal stories (including the all-time favourite ‘The Queen’s Knickers!).
Local author M R Hall talked about his latest Jenny Cooper novel, ‘The Redeemed’ at Chepstow Library on the evening of Thursday 28 April. Following his talk Matthew conducted a question and answer session with the audience and later signed copies of his books.
World Book Week was celebrated in style in Monmouthshire’s Libraries, with activities aimed at all ages. Children’s author and screenplay writer Dan Antony visited Chepstow, Caldicot and Monmouth libraries to talk to year six children about his latest book “Rugby Zombies” and writing for the Tracey Beaker TV series. At Abergavenny the entireLlanvihangelCrucorneyPrimary School came in costume to celebrate their World Book Day and while the older pupils listened to Dan the infants enjoyed some all action stories and a quiz.
Abergavenny Library took part in the I CAN Guinness World Record Challenge on St David’s Day to see how many pre-schoolers and others could be part of a UK wide singing of “heads, shoulders, knees and toes”. Baby Rhyme Time regulars did the actions but all ages were invited to join in the singing and were rewarded with appropriate Welsh refreshments.
At Chepstow World Book Day was celebrated in the evening when local authors Meg Kingston, Julia Gregson, M R Hall and William Ayot, town Councillor Hilary Beach and librarian Anja Brown read passages from their favourite literary works to a very appreciative audience.
At Abergavenny boxes of books arrived daily throughout the week as the library was one of hundreds across the UK signed up to celebrate World Book Night and act as a collection point for customers who had registered as Book Givers to collect the forty-eight copies of their selected title to present as free gifts to others. On the evening of Saturday 5th March, six brave givers, including local storyteller Daniel Morden, read from their selected title to an audience of seventy people. Performance poet Mab Jones made it an evening to remember in her own wickedly funny style.