Silly old snake, doesn’t he know, there’s no such thing as a librar… oh!
Without a hint of irony, Lewisham is pulling out all the stops to celebrate World Book Day on March 3rd. A programme of events will take place cross the borough’s libraries, all based on The Gruffalo, the most borrowed children’s book of last year, which was illustrated by Blackheath resident Axel Scheffler.
His eyes are orange, his tongue is black; He has purple prickles all over his back. But enough about Lou Baker, The Gruffalo is a classic and bound to be a popular choice with any under 5.
Here’s what’s happening across our libraries:
BLACKHEATH VILLAGE - there will be a ‘Gruffalo’ themed Under 5s at 9.30 -10am on Thursday 3rd March and another one on Friday 4th March at 9.30 – 10. Also on 3rd March storyteller Sandra Agard will run a Haiku themed event with 2 classes from John Ball School, 10.30-12.
CATFORD - Catford will be theming its regular Baby Bounce around ‘The Gruffalo’ Thursday 3rd March, 2-2.30pm. In the morning of World Book Day we will invite a class in for a ‘Gruffalo’ storytime.
On Sat 05 March we have an event for WBD Book Reviews which we will then put up around the Childrens Library.
CROFTON PARK – ‘The Gruffalo’ will be read at under 5s on Thursday 3rd March, 10-11am and children will also make one in our craft session.
DOWNHAM – classes will be invited from local primary schools to visit the library. They will hear ‘The Gruffalo’ story and then do a relatively short ‘Gruffalo’ themed Library activity. We will also read ‘The Gruffalo’ at under 5's on Wednesday 2nd March, 10-10.30am and them show the film.
FOREST HILL – there will be ‘Charlie and Lola’ activities on World Book Day. There will be a range of Activities plus come dressed as your favourite book character dress up. ‘The Gruffalo’ will be read at the 2 under 5’s sessions, Tuesday 1st March 10am-10.30am and Thursday 3rd March 2pm-2.30pm
GROVE PARK – both local primary schools will be invited to visit the library or staff will visit them and children will be encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. ‘The Gruffalo’ will be read at under 5’s on Monday 28th February, 10-10.30am and also with invited classes from local primary schools.
LEWISHAM – children will be making a life size papier mache Gruffalo at craft club. There will be a telling of ‘The Gruffalo’ story at under 5’s on WBD, 11.05-11.45am.
MANOR HOUSE –a class will be invited in for an hour session to talk about their favourite books, read ‘The Gruffalo’ story, borrow books and then watch the DVD.
NEW CROSS – there will be a ‘Gruffalo’ themed Under Fives' storytime on Tuesday 1st March 11-11.45am
SYDENHAM - classes from local primary schools will be invited to visit the library to take part in World Book Day celebrations that week. We will read stories such as ‘The Happy Prince’ by Oscar Wilde, one or two Horrid Henry's, and creation stories/legends from around the globe. ‘The Gruffalo’ will be read during the U5s session on Tuesday 1st March, 10.15-11am.
WAVELENGTHS - there will be an under fives storytime special on Thursday 3rd March from 3.30 - 4.30pm, which will have a ‘Gruffalo’ theme.