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Leeds Libraries From Home #7

Welcome to issue 7 of the Leeds Libraries & School Library Service weekly newsletter where we share our favourite digital resources to support school and home learning as well as our top picks of the week from all the brilliant online content being shared for children and young people.

Leeds Libraries and Schools Library Service have a dedicated Resource Page on the Leeds For Learning website where you can find lots of information and activities to support schools and home learning.

Reading for Pleasure

Hay Festival Programme For Schools - Have announced their free Digital Programme this year for schools which runs from 18–22 May due to the cancellation of Hay Festival 2020. These specially curated schools days blend performance, workshops and storytelling and will be available online and are FREE to watch for all parents and children learning from home! Events will run from 8am each day and will be available later on Hay

Borrowbox - Browse our junior and teen eBooks and eAudio books, which includes a selection of titles that can be downloaded by multiple people at the same. We are constantly adding new titles. We also have over 19,000 comics and graphic novels, suitable for all ages, available for you to borrow.

This week’s title highlight: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, Liz Pichon


Join the Library - If you are having issues with joining please contact libraryenquiries@leeds.go.uk or 0113 378 5005


Library Services From Home - You can access the full range of our library services from home as well as information and links to some of the best online resources available.

Study Support 

Building Your Family Tree - With free access to the Ancestry website thanks to your Leeds library card, you can fill those home-schooling hours with building your family tree. The Local and Family History department have written a family friendly guide with their top tips to get you started building your family tree on their Secret Library Blog. You can contact the department to get support with your family history by our specialist librarians. LocalandFamilyHistory@leeds.gov.uk

Make Your Own Mini Book - The British Library are working with children's authors to create a virtual library of miniature books, and would like children to be part of it. Make your own mini book and send it to them at @BL_Learning with #DiscoveringChildrensBooks.  For some instructions on how to make your own miniature book visit Discovering Childrens Books

Teachers and parents can also join the Leeds Libraries Lunchtime Tech Talk where Elvie Thompson and Andrea Varney from The British Library will be talking about Discovering Children’s Books website on Thursday 21st May.

Leeds Libraries Online Activities

Daily Storytime - Follow Leeds Libraries on our Facebook and/or Twitter where we are sharing a daily storytime from our favourite guest authors, Illustrators and Storytellers every morning (Mon - Fri) at 9.45am.

Lego at Leeds Libraries - Every Friday we will be sharing a weekly Lego teaser challenge based around a children's book available to loan on Borrowbox. These Friday teaser challenges will reveal the book and theme for our monthly online Lego club. Find all the details and join the club via our Leeds Libraries Facebook event page.

Code Club Leeds Libraries - Every other Tuesday check out Leeds Libraries Facebook event page where we will be releasing a new coding challenge for children and young people to work on over two weeks with support from our librarians and Code Club volunteers. We will be hosting a fortnightly online Code Club where we can get together and share all the coding projects. Our online Code Club is sponsored by CityFibre.

Top Picks of the Week

Under 5's – Join storyteller Lucy Walters as she reads Spot's Birthday Party

Children (5-7) – Author and illustrator Elys Dolan shows us to make our very own picture book

Children (7-11)The Reimagining Home digital project takes the form of an immersive online adventure designed alongside artist educators, cultural organisations and authors. It will allow children and families to co-create a story together and will be full of practical, creative and educational activities underpinned by research. One of the components will be a creative writing competition at the end.

Young People Doctor Simpo’s Animated Antidote Cartoon Competition. Time to be creative. Doctor Simpo wants to see your animated antidote to COVID19. 60 seconds of funny, silly, wacky wild, down-right-daft screen time to blow away the anxiety of our times, with above all – LAUGHTER!

Understanding COVID-19Parsley Mimblewood is a home-schooled kid who sees herself as something of an expert on “How to NOT go to School”. The story follows her daily whimsical adventures along with her 11 animals and 7 imaginary friends. Each chapter explores an issue that might be weighing on children’s minds at the moment such as missing friends, dealing with emotions and feeling cooped up.    

18 May 2020

Rachel Ingle-Teare
Leeds Libraries
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