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Help to keep reading over summer

My name is Caroline Messer and I am the librarian at Musselburgh Library. We’ve loved welcoming lots of families into the library over the course of Reading is Braw and I want to send a huge congratulations to all of the children, families, businesses and other members of the community who have helped make the challenge such a success. Hopefully many of you will have seen what a difference regularly reading for pleasure has had on your children and we would like to help you to help them to keep it up over the summer holidays.Reading is braw at the beach

The summer reading challenge happens in libraries across the UK every year and this year’s theme is one of the best yet: The Big Friendly Read, celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. The challenge for children is to read at least 6 library books over the summer holiday and they can be any library book so novels, joke books, eBooks, audio books, fact books, graphic novels – they all count. We’ve actually started a little early just in case anyone was going on holiday early and wanted to get a head start.

Children should come into the library to register for the challenge and a member of staff will take their photograph and give them their Big Friendly Read collector’s folder. Photographs will be used on a display in the children’s section of the library to show progress through the challenge. Each time your child has read 2 books they should come back to the library to add another photo to our display, collect special Roald Dahl cards to add to their folder and receive rewards like bookmarks, lucky dip prizes and more. Once your child has read 6 books they will be given an invitation to a party being held at the library in September where they will receive a medal. Certificates for each child completing the challenge will be awarded at school.

We know that lots of children will want to read more than 6 books and we want to reward that enthusiasm so for every library book read over the holidays children will receive 1 entry into a prize draw being held throughout East Lothian.

As part of the challenge we have lots of events happening in the library to keep children busy over the holidays. All of our events are free and there’s no need to book so if you’re at a loose end just come along.

Regular Events

Mondays at 11am: Storytimes for under 7s

Tuesdays at 2.30pm: Big Friendly Read Challenge Hour – a craft and challenges related to one of Roald Dahl’s famous novels – most suitable for primary age children

Thursdays at 10.30am: Bookbug session for babies and preschool children

Fridays at 2.30pm: Read Write Count Story Hour for P1-3

Saturdays at 10.30am: Bookbug session for babies and preschool children

Saturdays at 2pm: Lego Club for ages 7-11 and a parent/carer

Saturdays at 2pm: Big Friendly Read Challenge Hour

Other Events

Monday 4th July at 3pm: Join us for a Bear Hunt – suitable from walking/toddling

Wednesday 6th July at 11am: French Storytelling for ages 4-7

Saturday 23rd July: Big Friendly Read Family Quiz – join us as a family to compete in a quiz of children’s stories old and new

Monday 25th July at 3pm: Teddy Bear’s Picnic Story time

Monday 8th August at 3pm: Join us for a Bear Hunt – suitable from walking/toddling

We’ve not forgotten the adults either – we have lots of eResources these days so if you haven’t been in for a while but are concerned about taking books on holiday with you why not check out our eBooks or other online resources. Just ask for more information in the library or check out the libraries section of the council website.big friendly read logo

No Gruffalos were harmed in the making of this crumble

Kids at the Burgh Primary School were inspired to do some baking by one of their favourite book characters – the Gruffalo.

As you will probably know only too well, the Gruffalo isn’t the hero of his own story; that’s the little brown mouse who scares him off by threatening to turn him into Gruffalo Crumble. Cue much slicing, mixing and munching.

Reading recipes is a wonderful way to practice reading for kids who prefer to  be active. It’s also a fabulous way of encouraging them to try different foods.

If you want to try Gruffalo crumble there’s a main meal version on the Julia Donaldson website and a pudding on this smashing blog.

Here are some pics of the kids enjoying the cooking.

Where to find our pop up libraries

Our pop up libraries are a chance to browse, read and even take away a new story. They are staffed by volunteers and books have been donated by people like you. You can drop off books at the libraries or at the Musselburgh East Community Centre, John Muir House in Haddington, Brunton Hall customer services or Wallyford and Musselburgh libraries.

Here are places where you can find us in the coming weeks

30 March and 1 April The Brunton Puppet Festival at 1pm

17 April at the Quayside restaurant during lunchtime.

24 April at Family Day at Musselburgh Racecourse

29 April at Whitecraig community centre stay and play 9.30 – 11.30

30 April at Wallyford community centre family learning day 1.00 – 12.30

What, no green eggs and ham?

Thankfully there was no green eggs and ham on the menu when pupils at Musselburgh’s Burgh Primary School joined a literary lunch to celebrate Reading is Braw, the local initiative to get children reading more.

Burgh Primary School dinner hall taken over by the cat in the hat x 3!
Burgh Primary School dinner hall taken over by the cat in the hat x 3!

lit lunch cats in hats fb thu glassCatering staff decided to treat the children to a special menu on the last day of term. Around 160 pupils tucked into Cat in the Hat Sandwiches, Matilda Paninis and Charlie and the Chocolate factory cakes. The literary lunch was a huge success thanks to Gillian, Sylvia and Mary who also made fantastic cats in hats.
Pupils from eight schools across Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig are taking part in Reading is Braw which has the support of East Lothian Council, Support from the Start and numerous local businesses which have stocked publicity posters and postcards.

The initiative will run until the week before the summer holidays when there will be a big celebration for children who have tried their best to practice reading out of school. Details of the celebration will be announced after the Easter holidays when pupils who have done well with their reading will receive lanyards to wear. The lanyards are designed to help spark conversations with each other and others in the community about the magic of reading.  

Pop-up library visits primary care centre

Latest pop up library at Musselburgh Primary Care Centre a great success. Support for the Start Chairperson Janice MacLeod is taking her mini library on tour to spread the word about the Reading is Braw initiative.pop up library doctors alt

After appearing at Tesco on our 1 March launch day she spent Friday at the indoor street at the Primary Care Centre. Many of the people she spoke to were aware of Reading is Braw and were supportive. She said it was great to see pupils from the Burgh and Campie PS who took books to read and share with friends.

The pop up library highlights that the  initiative is not just for schools but for everyone. People have been keen to donate books and can now be dropped off at customer services Brunton Hall and John Muir House in Haddington. From tomorrow [Thursday 17 March 2016] books can also be dropped off at local libraries and at the Kip McGrath education centre in Musselburgh High Street (near S. Luca). Check back here for other drop off locations. Children’s books are particularly appreciated. It is hoped that a Pop up Library will be scheduled weekly more information to follow.

Watch highlights from our launch day

We did it! Reading is Braw has officially launched and you can see some of the highlights of the day in this video from David Gilmour (digital wizard with East Lothian Council’s schools service).

You will see children reading here, there and everywhere.

You will hear Lindsey Barley reveal the single most important life-skill we can teach our children. (Clue: it starts with the letter r…)

You will hear children light up the screen with their love of stories.

If it inspires you to read or to read to a child let us know which story you went for.