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National Libraries Day and February half term activities in South Gloucestershire libraries

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Published: 03/02/2016

Visit your local library on Saturday 6 February and help us celebrate National Libraries Day.

If you haven’t visited your local library in a while, National Libraries Day offers the perfect opportunity to stop by and find out all that’s on offer.

On the day, all libraries in South Gloucestershire will be holding free treasure hunts for children to find the famous children’s book characters that have been hidden around the library.

In addition, every library in South Gloucestershire will be holding a free story time at 11am, reading family favourite ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. The story time is suitable for children and families (children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult).

You can also get in touch on the day via Twitter (@LibrariesWest #librariesday) and ‘like’ us on Facebook (/librarieswest) to share what you love most about your library.

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Half term holiday activities

South Gloucestershire’s libraries have a range of fun activities planned to help keep children entertained over the February half-term holidays including story times, rhyme times and crafts. All activities are free drop-ins and most suitable for primary school aged children unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 6 February
It’s the Gruffalo
All South Gloucestershire libraries, 11am to 12pm
Help us celebrate National Libraries Day and join us for a fun family session with Gruffalo stories and crafts.

Monday 8 February
It’s spring again
Thornbury Library, 11am to 12pm
Fun family session with stories, crafts and songs.

All at sea
Filton Library 10am to 11am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Crafts, stories and a pirate themed treasure hunt.

Silly science
Cadbury Heath Library, 10.30am to 11.30am
Fun with experiments and crafts.

Tuesday 9 February
Up, up & away
Patchway Library, 10am to 11.30am
Make some fun flying crafts for free.

Chinese capers
Staple Hill Library, 10.30am to 12pm
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with crafts and fun activities.

Ancient Egyptians
Yate Library, 10.30am to 12pm
Ancient Egypt themed craft fun.

Monkey Business
Emersons Green Library, 2pm to 4pm
Celebrate Chinese New Year with fun crafts.

Wednesday 10 February
Monkeying around
Winterbourne Library, 10am to 11.30am
Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the monkey with a host of fun crafts.

In Pharaoh’s footsteps
Kingswood Library, 2.15pm to 3.15pm
Ancient Egyptian themed crafts and activities.

Thursday 11 February
Jolly Roger
Hanham Library, 2pm to 3pm
Pirate themed craft activities.

Roaring good fun
Bradley Stoke Library, 10.30am to 12pm
Dinosaur themed crafts.

Go wild
Downend Library, 10am to 11.30am
From tigers to snakes to monkeys, join us for crafts and activities with an animal theme.


Design your own alien and help the characters to complete their mission in these free workshops from Explore Learning. Suitable for children aged 5 to 9. Contact your local library to book a place or call 01454 626764.

Monday 8 February
Bradley Stoke Library, 2 to 3pm
Yate Library 2 to 3pm

Tuesday 9 February
Hanham Library 12 to 1pm
Filton Library 2 to 3pm
Kingswood Library 2 to 3pm

Friday 12 February
Winterbourne Library 2 to 3pm


Rhyme times and story times
Keep young children entertained with free story times and rhyme times for pre-school age children throughout the holiday.

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