Wednesday 19th February

12noon-2pm

Alderman Lacey Library

Harry Potter Party

£3 per child

Come along to the Harry Potter Party which will include activities, a magician, a dressing up box and lots more! Fancy dress is optional!

Only children require tickets. Ticket includes squash and a cupcake! Suitable for ages 5 and over.

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Thursday 20th February

2pm-4pm

Carnegie Library

Harry Potter Party

£3 per child

Come along to the Harry Potter Party which will include activities, a magician, a dressing up box and lots more!  Fancy dress is optional!

Only children require tickets. Ticket includes squash and a cupcake! Suitable for ages 5 and over.

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Thursday 20th February

12noon-1.30pm

North End Library

Children’s writing workshop with Miriam Halahmy: Safe refuge

Suitable for children aged 11-15

What would you do for a stranger? 

This writing workshop will challenge your beliefs, ask some tough questions and give you different ways into writing to get those creative juices going. Miriam Halahmy has worked with asylum seekers and refugees for many years. Her novel HIDDEN is about two teenagers who pull an asylum seeker out of the sea off quiet little Hayling Island and hide him to save him from being deported. Faced with such a dilemma, what would you do?  How can writing help us to explore our own feelings and beliefs about one of the most challenging issues of our times? We will explore how writing can make a difference and provide a route map forward.

Come along into the Writing Room and join us.

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Friday 21st February

Beddow Library 10.30am and Paulsgrove Library 2.30pm

FREE – Please book a place in advance

Tracey Corderoy picture book storytime – Suitable for ages 2-6

Bestselling children’s author and illustrator Tracey Corderoy will host these special story times. Tracey will read from her Archie Rhino books: ‘No!’ ‘Why?’ ‘More’ and ‘Now!’ and will also read from ‘Just right for two’. After the stories children will make the bouncy spiders featured in the book ‘Why?’ www.traceycorderoy.com

Tracey was born and grew up in industrial South Wales. She is a trained teacher and a mum of two daughters and now lives in a hidden valley in Gloucestershire with her husband and family, where she writes in a little cottage on a hill.

A multi award-winning writer, Tracey has now published 70 books from picture books, to young and older fiction. She has always had a passion for wonderful literature and began writing for children in 2006. Her books include Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, Hubble Bubble Granny Trouble, The Little White Owl, and the Baddies, Beasties and a Sprinkling of Crumbs! series for older readers. The first book in her new pony series (for ages 8+) called Seaview Stables published in August 2018, entitled The Pony with no Name, and the second in March 2019: The Mystery at Stormy Point.

Tracey’s head is happily crammed with countless story ideas and she’s loving the adventures that her characters insist they share!

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Friday 21st February

2-4pm

The D-Day Story, Portsmouth

Free with a valid ticket for The D-Day Story but please book in advance as places are limited – call 023 9283 4744.

Book launch: Gustav the brave – the D-Day messenger

 

During the Second World War specially trained homing pigeons braved bullets and enemy birds of prey to deliver life-saving messages for Britain and her allies.  Gustav was one of them.  The D-Day Story museum invited writer Steve Tasane to work with a group of young writers – The Pigeon Squad – and artist Bob Moulder to bring Gustav’s D-Day tale to life in a rhyming picture book.  Join us for the first public reading of the story by the authors, follow our pigeon trail around the museum, see the Dickin Medal awarded to Gustav for bringing back the first news of the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day, make a pigeon puppet and discover more about the incredible achievements of pigeons in war.  Steve and Bob will be happy to sign books bought in the museum shop.

Recommended for families with children aged 7+.

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Friday 21st February

2pm to 3.30pm

Southsea Library

FREE – please book a place in advance

Save the planet writing workshop for children with Lynne Stretch

For children 8 to 12 years  

Calling YOU….young writers! In this workshop you will have the opportunity to write creatively about subjects that matter to you! Whether it is a poem on “Pollution” or a short story with a “Recycling” theme, you will be able to share your writing to inspire others to “save our planet.” 

Lynne is a retired teacher and author, who organises creative writing workshops for adults and children at Southsea Library. Lynne has recently run a series of well attended workshops for the Environment Centre, in her home town of Swansea.

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Saturday 22nd February

11am: North End Library

3pm: Southsea Library

£2 per child

Neal Layton: Children’s Illustrator – A planet full of plastic

Join Neal for an interactive reading of his brilliant picture book A planet full of plastic. Suitable for ages 5-8.

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