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Billy Joins The Circus at London Libraries!

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I'd like to begin this Blog post with something I have posted before.

Over 10% of UK libraries are currently under threat. Library closures and cutbacks are a serious problem. 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 we dedicated our time to visit a few libraries earlier on this year. We feel that libraries are important places, not just for our children but for everyone. We want to help keep them alive! Due to the success of our visits, we were invited back to all of the libraries to do our Story Time again which we were very pleased about.

It was such a pleasure to be back at West Hampstead Library and we were amazed to find out parents had been queuing up outside the library since 10am to take part in our session! Once again it was a lovely group of parents and children and we had so much fun with our story. We chose to do our latest audio book, Billy Joins The Circus as it has been very popular.

Listening

As always, I began the Story Time with listening to the audio book. 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 a 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

This story is great for encouraging children to sing and dance. Billy Joins The Circus is a wonderfully happy audio book 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, we 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! ☺

Adie and I would like to thank all of the libraries we have visited. We're looking forward to more Story Times next year.

Next up... The Baby & Children's Market on Sunday 13th November! Details of this coming soon...

💜 Anna-Christina

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