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Story Time at London Libraries

Over 10% of UK libraries are currently under threat. Library closures and cutbacks are a serious problem.

Music Audio Stories poster hanging up at Swiss Cottage Library image

More than 400 libraries have closed in Britain in the last five years due to budget cuts, technology and the internet age. This is why I dedicate my time to visit London libraries every year in the Half Term Holidays.

I feel that libraries are important places. Not just for our children, but for everyone, and I want to help keep them alive!

Due to the success of previews visits, I am always invited back to libraries to do Story Time with the children again.

It was such a pleasure to be back at West Hampstead Library. I was amazed to find out parents had been queuing up outside the library since 10am to take part in my session! It was a lovely group of parents and children and I had so much fun. I chose to do my latest audiobook, Billy Joins The Circus, as it has been very popular with nursery and preschools groups.

Listening

As always, I began the Story Time with listening to the audiobook. The children always enjoy the story and sit still whilst listening to it. I like to keep them engaged the whole time so I'm animated and do some moves to keep them focused.

Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories doing Story Time with the children at West Hampstead Library image
Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories doing Story Time with the children at West Hampstead Library image
Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories doing Story Time with the children at West Hampstead Library image

Listening to Billy Joins The Circus at West Hampstead Library.

Drawing

After we have talked about what we heard in the story, I encourage the children to create their own drawing of it. For this particular story I print out templates with the Big Top in the middle of the page. This way I can encourage the older children to practice their colouring in skills as well using their own imagination and teaching them more about "the big tent".

Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories doing Story Time with the children at Swiss Cottage Library image
Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories doing Story Time with the children at Swiss Cottage Library image
Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories doing Story Time with the children at Swiss Cottage Library image

Drawing with the children at Swiss Cottage Library.

Drama

Billy Joins The Circus is a great audiobook for encouraging children to sing and dance. It's a wonderfully happy story with a strong message that dreams really do come true. The catchy song with instructions on movements such as clapping your hands, touching your toes, spinning around and jumping up and down is repeated three times enabling children to learn the song and the moves as they listen. The children absolutely loved it! 😊

Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories doing Story Time with the children at Swiss Cottage Library image
Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories doing Story Time with the children at Swiss Cottage Library image
Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories doing Story Time with the children at Swiss Cottage Library image

Singing and dancing with the children at Swiss Cottage Library.

Once again, I enjoyed Story Time with the children so much. I do many sessions throughout the year at schools and nurseries but it's lovely to do Story Time with parents involved as well as I also love to see how they react to our audio books! I'm pleased to see they are as popular with parents as they are with children so this makes me very happy! ☺

I would like to thank all of the libraries for having me and look forward to my next visits.

💜 Anna-Christina

Links

All our free Story Time sessions are listed on The List and Eventbrite and All In London.

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