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Libraries start 2017 with new clubs for youngest members

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January sees the introduction of new clubs and activities in St Helens Libraries for children and young people, with a handy homework club and a fabulous, free reading project for the under-sevens.

Children under seven years of age can follow Bookstart Bear on his Reading Adventure, which takes him to the park, supermarket and library. However, there are ten objects missing that need to be found along the way and children will get a sticker for each of the missing objects every time they borrow a book.

When children have collected all ten stickers they can download a certificate from www.bookstart.org.uk/bearsadventure, which also contains tips for families on how they can have fun reading together every day.

Children can join Bear’s Reading Adventure any time but why not bring them along to one of the libraries’ popular Read and Rhyme Time sessions, where they can meet other children, have fun, sing songs and read books together.

Read and Rhyme Times:
Billinge Library: Fridays 10:15am
Central Library: Tuesdays 10:30am, Thursdays 10:30am
Chester Lane Library: Mondays 11am, Fridays 11am
Eccleston Library: Mondays 2pm, Fridays 10:30am
Garswood Library: Thursdays 2pm (term-time only, crafts available throughout the school holidays)
Haydock Library: Mondays 10:30am, Thursdays 2pm (starting 26 January 2017)
Moss Bank Library: Thursdays 2:15pm
Newton-le-Willows Library: Mondays 10:30am
Parr Library: Tuesdays 11am, Wednesdays 11am
Peter Street Library: Tuesdays 2:30pm
Rainford Library: Thursdays 10:30am
Rainhill Library: Tuesdays 2pm (starting 17 January 2017), Fridays 10:30am
Thatto Heath Library: Wednesdays 10:30am, Fridays 2pm (starting Friday 20 January 2017)

Young people are now settling down to school again after the Christmas break, and that means a return to homework. Libraries have always been great spaces to complete homework, away from distractions at home and with immediate access to books, computers and printing for library card holders.

But now if young people are stuck with their homework and are a member of a library Homework Club, staff can help point them in the right direction.

Plus, as a member of a Homework Club, young people will be entitled to ten free black and white computer print outs. Young people must be a member of St Helens Libraries to use libraries’ online resources and under-16s will need parental permission to join.

Homework Clubs:
Billinge Library: Starting Wednesday 25 January 2017, 3:45pm
Central Library: Starting Friday 13 January 2017, 3:30pm
Chester Lane Library: Starting Friday 13 January 2017, 3:30pm
Eccleston Library: Starting Thursday 19 January 2017, 3:30pm
Garswood Library: Starting Monday 31st January 2017, 3:30pm
Haydock Library: Starting Monday 30 January 2017, 3:30pm
Moss Bank Library: Starting Monday 16 January 2017, 4:30pm
Newton-le-Willows Library: Starting 13 January 2017 3:45pm
Parr Library: Starting Tuesday 10 January 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Saturday 11am – 12pm
Peter Street Library: Starting Friday 13 January 2017 3:30pm
Rainford Library: Starting Tuesday 24 January 2017 3:45pm
Rainhill Library: Starting Monday 23 January 2017, 3:30pm
Thatto Heath Library: Starting Saturday 21 January 2017, 11am

There are also new adult colouring and craft sessions, family read aloud sessions, a teen book club, weekly Nintendo Wii challenges and lots more.

Call in to your local St Helens Library to find out about these new clubs and weekly sessions. You can also visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries or follow libraries on social media: Facebook – www.facebook.com/sthlibraries,
Twitter – @STHLibraries and Instagram – @sthlibrariesandarts to keep up to date with everything that is happening in St Helens Libraries.

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