The Big Friendly Read Finale – Jubilee Library


‘Dreams is full of mystery and magic . . . . Do not try to understand them.’ Roald Dahl, The BFG 

young-vols-stamp1The Jubilee children’s library became a world of pure imagination on Wednesday when everyone got involved in the Big Friendly Read showcase event, organised by the library young volunteers.

Armed with pens, pencils, stickers and googly eyes, the children got creative as they drew and wrote down their dreams to be hung in bottles on our Wish Tree. We saw all sorts of ideas, from owning an animal sanctuary to building fantastic things out of Lego. The end result was a dream collection that the BFG would have been proud of!


Children, staff and volunteers alike also embraced the spirit of the Big Friendly Read by dressing up as their favourite Roald Dahl characters. One of the most impressive costumes came from Ellis, one of the young volunteers, who transformed herself into a very blueberry-like Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

29344400336_58f6bfb464_z29378412625_0a1404d2e7_zYoung participant Zach wrote this great account of taking part in the activities:

“Today I came to the library. We have been writing down our dreams and decorating bottles. We even made snozcumbers. Learning ‘frogscottle’ took quite a bit of research.”


The event was a fitting celebration of the Summer Reading Challenge as the end of the holidays draws near. Many people have already completed the challenge, and the Jubilee board of finishers is slowly filling up. For people who still need to collect prizes, the Challenge will continue until Roald Dahl Day on Tuesday 13 September, and those who visit Jubilee Library soon will get to see the Wish Tree in place.

Maise Hare

For a full set of photos from the event please visit our Flickr page

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