The recent Easter half term holidays proved to be a perfect time for libraries in Brighton and Hove to organise fun activities for children and families of all ages. Easter headwear was popular with Westdene Library hosting a ‘Make an Easter Bonnet or Boater’ event and Mile Oak Library making Easter Crowns. Both Hangleton and Portslade Libraries held a free “Easter Eggstravaganza!” event on Wednesday 20 April, where all participants were given the opportunity to look at and touch Museum exhibits from the Booth Museum, including ostrich eggs, butterflies, a cockerel, a rabbit and a hedgehog. Children also listened to and joined in with stories, such as “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See”, by Eric Carle among others.
Some children drew a picture of the animals and insects they liked best from their visit, whilst others made Easter cards and the younger ones tested their colouring in skills. The children loved learning about animals, finding out more information from the library, and talking about which Museums they had visited. Among many enthusiastic comments voiced, a mother with three young children said, “These events are brilliant, please keep doing them, thanks!” Another mum said, “My kids loved this event, we will definitely come to more of them in the future”. Thirty six children attended the 2 museum events. Thanks to Michael for hosting the events for us.
Events are held regularly in all libraries throughout Brighton and Hove. Look out for future events to come along and join in the fun. Learn something new, find out information, and make your own special, imaginative and personalised craft related works to take home. Join in the fun in a friendly and welcoming environment. For forthcoming events, visit the library website. Libraries continually prove a fantastic place to be!
Mark – Library Officer, Hangleton Library