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Children can take part in Summer Reading Challenge at Bishop’s Stortford Library

Manager Ben Holden looks ahead to a busy July at Bishop’s Stortford Library

School’s out for summer, sang Alice Cooper. But we, at Bishop’s Stortford Library, say library’s in till September! Or rather, forever!

Join us, children, parents, guardians of Stortford and surrounding villages. It’s time once again to get your children enrolled on the Reading Agency’s summer holiday challenge to read - drumroll - six books! Libraries across these sceptr’d isles, from Land’s End to Lerwick, are taking part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, the theme of which is Marvellous Makers.

To steal a march on this free challenge, come and register your children for a library card ahead of what we hope will be a record-breaking number of challenge participants, and finishers, in this high-performance historic Hertfordshire market town! Let’s beat St Albans! Let’s crush Hertford! Let’s push Tring off the Chilterns!

How does it work? Children must read six books and visit the library three times: once after every two books they read to let our My Voice volunteers know what they thought of their books.

Each time they’ll be given some stickers to stick on their festival-themed poster to receive on completion: One certificate! One beautiful medal made of sustainable pine! And the grand prize of one of Hertfordshire Libraries’ famous pencils made out of recycled newspaper - woop! woop!

Summer Reading Challenge
Summer Reading Challenge

Launch day is Saturday July 6 when the children’s area of the library will be full of Marvellous Makers activities. Drop in and make!

MetaQuest Virtual Reality (VR) Headset – experience VR at 10am-11am, 12pm-1pm and 2-3pm.

MakerStation: bookmark making at 3pm-4pm. These events are free.

Throughout the summer we will have weekly MakerStations in the children’s area of the library for children and families, with many creative diversions to keep you and yours occupied. Try junk modelling, collage and making your own music with GarageBand.

Keep your eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages, or our council web page, for times and dates.

And here are some other things going on in the library in July…

Wed 3 July - This ‘n’ That: Olympic Games Special. 10.30am-midday

Join us for a cuppa, a cake and a bit of a chat! Free.

Every Wednesday - Page One. 4pm-5pm in school term times, check for dates in the library or on the website

Are you aged 8+? Come and join us to complete fun activities, chat about books and make new friends! £2.50 per session. Please book in the library.

Page One
Page One

Thur 4 July - Cyber & Fraud Aware? Stay Safe and Secure Online

All-day drop-in with cyber and fraud crime prevention experts to answer your questions. Our experts will address passwords and two-step verification, phishing and social engineering, phone, email and text scams and other top tips.

Specific talks are:

11am-12.30pm – Cybercrime & Fraud Prevention (Herts Police)

12.45pm-1.45pm – Rogue Traders & Scams (Trading Standards)

2pm-3pm – Scams & Victim Support (Beacon Victim Care)

Free with no tickets or booking required.

Sun 7 July - Virtual Reality Headset

Come and use VR in the children’s area for free at 12.30pm-1.30pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm.

Mon 8 July - Craft Club. 10.30am-midday

Everyone welcome! Bring along a craft or project and have a chat, plus enjoy tea and biscuits! Why not bring along knitting, crochet, paper crafts, drawing, collage or something else! Entry is free.

Craft Club
Craft Club

Wed 10 July - My Voice: Art Journaling Workshop. 4pm-6pm. FREE – Spaces limited

Art journaling is a lot of fun and can be a great way to relax, unwind and express your creativity.

My Voice, Hertfordshire Libraries’ flagship volunteering program for 14-24 year olds, has invited professional artist Hazel Russell to our wonderful library for this one-off art journaling workshop. Let the young people in your life know!

Entry is free but spaces are limited. Book at https://MyVoiceArtJournalingBIS.eventbrite.co.uk.

Art Journaling Workshop
Art Journaling Workshop

Fri 12 July - Teddy Bear’s Picnic. 11am

Children can bring a soft toy to the library to share in a picnic (with no actual food!) and we will play games, sing songs and read a couple of stories!

Suitable for ages 2-4 and the session costs £4 per child. Book in the library.

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