Celebrate National Storytelling Week with Inspire Libraries

Published 17th January 2024

It's National Storytelling Week between 27th January and 4th February 2024 - a week to celebrate the power of storytelling and to encourage children to read. At Inspire, we are passionate about reading and learning, and these are some of the ways you can get involved in storytelling with us!

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All Inspire Libraries have a fantastic range of children's books that you can borrow as well as a selection of children's eBookseAudio and eMagazines on our eReading platforms. If you're struggling to find something new and interesting to read with your child or you're looking for something specific, check out our recommendations on a bunch of topics from LGBTQ+ children's books to dyslexia friendly reads.

You also might be eligible to receive a free pack of books via Bookstart. Bookstart is a national programme that encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with their children from as early an age as possible and at Inspire we work together with health professionals and early years settings such as nurseries, pre-schools and children’s centres to make sure every child receives their book packs.

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Our Rattle, Rhyme and Roll sessions are always popular, but did you know we also run Storyhullabaloo sessions for babies and young children who love stories, songs and rhymes. These 30-minute sessions are fun and friendly and give you the opportunity to share stories with your little one while building a love of books and reading. Our Storyhullabaloo sessions are held regularly at some of our libraries across Nottinghamshire, find your local session here.

Find out what else is happening near you via our online What's On Guide or sign up for emails to get a bi-weekly run down of what's going on.

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Join us on Saturday 3 February for a 1-hour workshop at 10.30am at Mansfield Central Library or 2pm at Worksop Library with fantasy writer Anna Kemp! Anna will be presenting a lively fantasy writing workshop inspired by her brilliant series Into Goblyn Wood. Find out about being an author and the role of magic in fantasy themed books. You'll invent characters and create a unique magic system, building a fantasy world of your own. Suitable for ages 7-11 and their families. 

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If you can't wait to join us at libraries and want to get involved straight away, you can find family resources on National Literacy Trust's website with activities that you can do at home. Check out this brilliant video series from Storyteller and Performer Niall Moorjani, where you can learn some tips & ideas to help you share and tell stories with your child.

We look forward to welcoming you at our libraries soon for some sensational story telling!

Session 1: Telling stories to your child at home

Session 2: Telling stories with your child and supporting them to tell stories of their own

Session 3: Telling stories out and about

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