Animals Events Sport & Leisure

Fun activities at libraries during the school holidays

By Paul Johnston at

West Kirby and Hoylake libraries are hosting a number of activities for children during the summer holidays.

Some of the events form part of The Summer Reading Challenge 2018, run by national charity The Reading Agency, encouraging children aged 4-11 to sign up to read six titles over the holidays.

The theme for the Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Children will explore a map of ‘Beanotown’ to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers!

As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells.

By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Events at West Kirby Library

Thursday 26 July at 11am: Animals Take Over, for youngsters aged 5 and over.  A fun and informative animal handling experience. The cost is £1.50 per person, tickets are limited and must be bought in advance from West Kirby Library.

Friday 27 July at 10:30am: Crafty Kids, for youngsters aged 2-6. Use playdough and other exciting materials like googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms, matchsticks and foam shapes to create a range of exciting projects. The cost is £4 per child and places can be booked here.

Tuesday 31 July at 2:30pm: Treasure Trove Puppet Show, for youngsters aged 4 and over. Tickets cost £1.50 and must be booked in advance.

Wednesday 1 August at 1:30pm: Crafty Kids, for youngsters aged 4-9. In this session, they will be doing three different sticking projects using an exciting range of materials, such as tissue paper, glitter, feathers, googly eyes, foam shapes and, of course, loads of glue and sticky tape! The cost is £4 per child and places can be booked here.

Monday 6 August at 2:30pm: Road Safety story time, for under 7’s,  including stories, colouring and role play. Free – just turn up.

Friday 10 August at 2:30pm: Games & simple crafts based on a comic theme, for youngsters aged 5 and over. Free, but places must be booked in advance.

Monday 20 August at 2:30pm: Stories and crafts based on a comic theme for children aged 3-7. Please book in advance and a donation of £1 is requested.

Events at Hoylake Library

Thursday 2 August at 10:30am: Stories and crafts based on a comic theme, for youngsters aged 3-7. Places must be booked in advance and a donation of £1 is requested.

Thursday 9 August at 10:30am: Meet Terry and his Moonshine Owls, for youngsters aged 5 and over. Find out what they do, what they eat and much more. This event is free, but Terry welcomes donations to help fund the upkeep of the owls. Booking is needed in advance.

Thursday 23 August at 10:30am: Road Safety story time, for under 7’s,  including stories, colouring and role play. Free – just turn up.

More information about events and activities at Wirral Libraries over the summer can be found here.