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Hannah Russell
Features Writer
11:30 AM 25th August 2017

Working With Local Libraries

This summer has been amazing.

A couple of months ago I was asked if I would get involved with local libraries across Yorkshire during the summer to help promote reading and writing for children aged 4-7 years old! I just couldn't say no and was up for the challenge.

I love working with children and telling them about Alfie and his adventures. Reading and writing is something I'm incredibly passionate about so to share this with the children and parents has been good fun.

To start with I was a little unsure about what to do, but after some thought I knew exactly how to engage the children!

I took along all my books and the Little Alf buddy together with a quiz and writing tools. I read a few chapters from book 1 and got the children to answer questions about Alf from what they had heard in the story. This got them engaged and asking lots of questions. It got a bit loud at times but it was exciting to watch and great fun.

We then went on to talk about horses and the magical adventures Alfie gets up to in the books. The children had to re-enact their favourite part from the book and we had some great Little Alf impressions!

A design project was next and I got the children involved. This summer we have been getting children across the globe to design their very own Little Alf buddy. We have had some very creative designs. The children loved this although it got a bit messy at times as there was glitter everywhere but this was great to get the children to focus on something. It was also nice to see some of the quieter children's confidence improve as they began to work in small groups.

Oscar and Little Alf at Richmond library
Oscar and Little Alf at Richmond library
To end the morning workshop I sat the children in a large circle with their parents and we finished with a Little Alf story. All the children seemed to have a great time and it was nice to see some Little Alf fans join in with this summer's activities.

There are lots of libraries all over the UK and they need support to keep running and functioning. There are great reading workshops on all the time for children and there are also author talks taking place.

Even I didn't realise until this summer all the great things libraries can offer! Not only that but there are an endless range of books to choose from!