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Activities for children and young people

Wild World Heroes

The Summer Reading Challenge will be running throughout the summer holidays. Visit your local library from 10 July to sign up your children and pick up their free packs.

All of the following Wild World Heroes online events are free, but places are limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis. To book a place for your children please email: libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk making it clear for how many children and which event(s).

29 July, 2pm – Jess French author event

Jess French is a vet, author and children’s TV presenter. She writes beautiful and engaging non-fiction books that excite children about the natural world. She will be talking for 30 minutes and then answering questions from the audience via zoom

3 August, 3pm – Interactive story telling with John Kirk

This summer join storyteller John Kirk on a story hunt through the jungle to explore the wonders of life in the rainforest. Let your imagination run wild as you join a virtual storytelling experience like no other. Jammed packed with interactive scavenger hunting fun these sessions are suitable for families with story hunters age 3+.

9 August, 10am – Zoom Zoo: Super Sloths (fully booked)

Chloe Jennings is a senior conservation Education Officer for the Zoological Society of East Anglia. She will be showing video footage of sloths, talking about them and answering questions.

9 August, 4pm – Zoom zoo: Amazing Otters (9 places left)

Chloe Jennings is a senior conservation Education Officer for the Zoological Society of East Anglia. She will be showing video footage of otters, talking about them and answering questions.

10 August, 4.30pm – A one off online nature inspired story writing session for children aged 7-12 - (fully booked)

Come and join Vicky and Jenny who love supporting children to write creatively using books and prompts to spark imagination.

11 August, 10am – Gill Lewis author event

Gill Lewis is an award winning children’s author, vet, wildlife enthusiast and treehouse dweller. Her books explore the powerful and beneficial relationship between children and animals. She will talk for 30 minutes with time for questions via zoom.

16 Aug, 11am – Zoom zoo: Lovely Lemurs (4 places left)

Chloe Jennings is a senior conservation Education Officer for the Zoological Society of East Anglia. She will be showing video footage of lemurs, talking about them and answering questions.

23 August, 3pm - Zoom zoo: Marvellous Meerkats (fully booked)

Chloe Jennings is a senior conservation Education Officer for the Zoological Society of East Anglia. She will be showing video footage of meerkats, talking about them and answering questions.

24 August, 10am – Interactive story telling with John Kirk

This summer join storyteller John Kirk on a story hunt to the coldest parts of the world and learn what it’s like to live in sub-zero temperatures. Let your imagination run wild as you join a virtual storytelling experience like no other. Jammed packed with interactive scavenger hunting fun these sessions are suitable for families with story hunters age 3+.

Summer Coding Tasters on Zoom

We have four wildlife themed coding tasters, suitable for children aged 8-12 and there are 8 spaces available on each. We will be using the Scratch website and those attending will need to set up a free account before the event. Each event has multiple dates, please choose one and email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk to book, and we will confirm your place. The Zoom invites will be sent out the Friday before the event.

Insect survey

Program a game where insects fly around while you try to count them. This session is suitable for complete beginners or those with a little coding experience.

  • Wednesday 18 August, 4pm (6 places left)

Hedgehog race

Code an obstacle race and guide a hedgehog through a garden to its home. This session is suitable for children with a little coding experience.

  • Thursday 29 July, 4pm (3 spaces left)
  • Tuesday 3 August, 4pm - (fully booked)
  • Monday 9 August 4-5pm (4 spaces left)
  • Wednesday 11 August, 4pm (7 places left)
  • Monday 16 August 4-5pm (7 spaces left)

Ocean Clean-up

Make a game where a diver tries to collect rubbish from the ocean while avoiding a shark! This project is more challenging and only suitable for children with coding experience e.g. those that have completed Module 1 of Code Club.

  • Wednesday 4 August, 4pm (2 spaces left)
  • Thursday 12 August, 4pm (1 place left)

Drone Planting

Code a game where your drone drops seeds to regenerate the land with trees. This project is more challenging and only suitable for children with coding experience e.g. those that have completed Module 1 of Code Club.

  • Wednesday 18 August, 4pm (5 places left)
  • Tuesday 24 August, 4pm (fully booked)

BIPC Norfolk Summer School

The Business & IP Centre Norfolk is running a free online Summer School for 16-25 year olds to help them decide whether starting their own business might be right for them.

Summer School will run 10am-12pm on Thursdays from 5 August to 2 September.  Each session will cover the basics of starting a business and the help there is on offer.  There's also the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher for the best business pitch.

Visit the BIPC Norfolk Eventbrite page for more details and to register.

Story Share

Everyone enjoys being read to, but story share is especially suited to children aged 7-11.  Join our experienced library staff reading extracts from some of their favourite children’s books.  All books read are available from our e-book library.  To book a place for your children please email stating which story shares you wish them to attend - libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk.

29 July, 5.30pm -

Fredrik Sandwich and the Earthquake that Couldn’t Possibly Be, by Kevin John Scott

5 August, 5.30pm -

The House with Chicken Legs, by Sophie Anderson

12 August, 5.30pm -

A Boy Called Hope, by Lara Williamson

19 August, 5.30pm -

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

26 August, 5.30pm -

The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling

2 September, 5.30pm -

Inky the Octopus, by Erin Guendelsberger

Online Just a Cuppa on Zoom

We meet every other Thursday at 11am and often have a guest speaker along to talk about health, development, and local services. Email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk to join.

Bounce and Rhyme

Bounce and Rhyme in libraries

We are restarting Bounce and Rhyme sessions in some of our libraries.

Spaces must be booked in advance, and spaces are limited.  Bookings open every Thursday for the following week.  For more information check our Norfolk Libraries Families Facebook page or contact our team on 01603 774777 Monday to Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 10-4pm.

Online Bounce and Rhyme

We share a Bounce and Rhyme time on the Norfolk Libraries Families Facebook page every alternate Tuesday at 10am – fun for all the family!

Self weigh

We are able to offer self-weighing, where you can check the weight of your baby or toddler, at several of our libraries once again.

For more information on self-weigh and to see which libraries currently have scales available check on Just One Norfolk

Ebooks

Why not try ebooks? We have a host of children’s e-books you can browse and borrow.

Code Clubs

The last of our term time Code Club sessions for children aged 8-12 years old are now fully booked. We'll be running further clubs in the autumn. If you’d like to find out about future Code Clubs, please email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk 

Young Reading Friends

Love books and talking about books with others? Young Reading Friends is a Zoom group for young people aged 13 - 16, held every Tuesday at 4.30-5.15pm.

Email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk to join.

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