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My Musical, Magical Storytime

'Storytime with Anna Christina' taking London Libraries by storm!

Author Anna Christina at Victoria Library image
I have taken part in many community events such as Family Fundraisers and the Baby & Children's Market UK several times but one of the most fun things I do is Storytime at London Libraries!

I often dedicate my time during holidays to organize sessions for children and families at various libraries. It's so lovely to do Storytime with parents involved as I also love to see how they react to my audiobooks! I'm pleased to see they are as popular with parents as they are with children, and this makes me feel very happy indeed! 😊

I like doing three library dates back-to-back in the same area, as this makes it a lot easier to organize and promote. Plus if families miss one date, they have the option to catch me on another day.

Demand for my Storytime is growing which makes me feel extremely proud. I'm not able to do library visits every week or even every month. However, I am trying my best to do more visits throughout the holidays and branch out to cover more areas in London. Last week I visited three libraries in the Westminster area for the first time and it was brilliant!

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My first Storytime was at the Barbican Children's Library. The library is inside The Barbican Centre which is a performing arts centre in the Barbican Estate of the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. This made me feel like I was taking a massive step up in the storytelling world!

I turned up at the library early and already, it was buzzing! Everyone at the library was so lovely, friendly, and helpful and Storytime was brilliant.

Billy Joins the Circus is the type of audiobook that just captures everyone's imagination and it's so wonderful to see everyone, parents included, getting involved with the singing and dancing in the story.

Music Audio Stories Summer Holiday Library Events flyer image

My second Storytime was at Victoria Children's Library. They had kindly put up my poster around the library and on their front desk which was great for promoting the event.

I was happy to find out, that the flyers I had distributed a month before, had gone! This is great because it means, the word is spreading and people are picking up flyers, visiting our website and popping along to workshops.

My final visit for the week was at Shoe Lane Library on Thursday 16th August. That morning, it was raining very heavily and I was slightly concerned about attendance. Sometimes rainy days can draw more people into libraries but it can also put people off, so it's difficult to know how many families will turn up.

Slowly but surely, families began to arrive, despite the horrible weather. In the end, there was a lovely group of children and parents who enjoyed all of my circus-related activities.

Music Audio Stories at The Barbican Centre - The Children's Library image
Music Audio Stories at Victoria Children's Library image
Music Audio Stories at Shoe Lane Library image

I loved every moment of my Summer Holiday Library Events and I would like to thank all of the libraries I have visited for having me. I love children's libraries, they are so colourful and fun. I feel such a sense of joy visiting them with my Storytime. It is a privilege. I am on an amazing adventure and 'Storytime with Anna Christina' keeps on growing and expanding. I can't wait to see where it takes me next!

💚 Anna-Christina


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