Fun at Family Library

From left, Izzy Craig, Isabel Halsall, Jessica Scott and Sarah Bridson during their visit to the library

From left, Izzy Craig, Isabel Halsall, Jessica Scott and Sarah Bridson during their visit to the library

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When year three pupils at Braddan school wanted to complete a classroom project on their favourite author they were delighted with the support they got from the Family Library in Douglas.

The library was able to provide most of the books from the favoured writer Lauren Child who penned the Clarice Bean series and created the characters Charlie and Lola.

Class teacher Lynne Speller said: ‘The children all loved this project and we could not have done it nearly as well without the help of the family library and the schools service in particular, which is a fantastic resource for children and teachers.’

Thanks also went to schools’ librarian Sarah Johnson for her help with the project when the children visited the library to see the books and the displays.

Inspired by the Clarice Bean series of books, the children wrote stories, made their own books using collages and font styles, as well as creating their own pictures.

When the team at the family library saw the results they were so impressed they created a display at the library and the children paid a visit to the library to see the fruits of their labour out on show.

Mrs Johnson said it had been enjoyable to see all the children enjoying their visit to see the display of their work.

She said: ‘We’re always happy to help out any school with any project or to arrange visits from schools.

‘If teachers get in touch about a project we can deliver books and props to them.

‘We love to get involved with the schools in the community,’

The library has expanded its free schools service since becoming a charity in 2012 and now supplies not just books but props such as Victorian toys and Viking masks.

Individually teachers can visit the library on Westmoreland Road and borrow up to 10 books or, if they go through the schools service they can borrow more books and resources as well.

There is still time for children to register for the library’s summer reading scheme which this year has a Wonderland theme and challenges participants to read six books over the summer holidays.

To find out more, see the Family Library Facebook page or visit or call the library on 640650.

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