Library Fun and Book Giveaway – My Family Ties

Summer Reading Challenge and More

Autumn is here already and I have been looking back over the last season, to remember the fun we had with the girls at the library, at the different activities they had which were perfect for my two bookworms.

This summer we spent a lot of time at our local library, in fact we visited at least once a week as there were so many things going on.

Both my girls are book worms so it was easy and no chore to persuade them to go to all the events that our library had on.  The summer reading challenge my youngest Lara had from school, was a great way to encourage her to read over the summer holidays.  She was happy to meet the challenge to go into the library and read, in fact she discovered new books she hadn’t seem before and really enjoyed.  Even I got some reading done while the girls were occupied in the library which is almost unheard of until they are in bed usually!

Siobhan my oldest daughter is mad about books, she always has a book with her, and it is really her favourite hobby.  Having Autism she finds a quiet solace in escaping into the books, and for the time she spends reading she is really quiet and still, which is unusual as she is a chatterbox!   She is excellent with communication verbally, but does find it hard on occasion to know the social cues as to when to stop talking, so a trip to the local library is good practice as you have to control your noise level and focus more on the reading rather than the chatting.

There were so many themed activities going on over the holidays that caught the girls interest, and got them reading more too, which was fantastic.  We didn’t make it on all the days but we did go to the;

  • Harry Potter day
  • The Lemony Snicket’s day
  • The Jacqueline Wilson day
  • The K’nex day
  • Fairy crafts
  • Owl event with children being able to handle the owls!
  • Frozen day

The thrill for Lara to receive her medal at the end of the reading challenge was so lovely, she was really proud of herself for putting the effort into reading more books, so it was really special for her to get a reward for all her effort.

Both my girls are big fans of Harry Potter and it was a fun quiz and a craft event on at the library for any age to come and join in a our library, we went home with new book marks and plenty of filled in quizzes.  It was a change from reading the books, listening to the audio CD’s or watching the films, to go through the questions on the quiz and really think about the right answers.

We have got into the habit now of every time the girls find a series of books they really enjoy, I see if they are on audio CD so they can listen to them after lights out at night.  The Harry Potter series are brilliantly narrated by Stephen Fry, and we have just been buying the David Walliams stories on audio CD which are fabulously funny for kids (and adults!) of all ages.

The library also had a day when they had a display of owls for the public to come and see, and also to be able to handle them too! How fantastic it was too, for the girls to be able to see them up close was such a treat, and even though Siobhan was quite petrified, I was so proud of her that she overcame her fears and handled almost all of the owls in the end. We all spent about an hour looking at the beautiful creatures, it was so unusual to see such an event in our little local library but was hugely successful so I really hope to see them there again.

Having an older sister can be so useful when she lends you all her Lemony Snicket’s books and audio CD’s! Siobhan loves the series of books and knows them forwards and backwards, and now Lara had had them passed down to her, and she loves them too.  The girls had a very exciting time in ‘The Secret Room’ by appointment only, where they had to solve a number of puzzles with clues and lots of discussion.  In the ‘Secret Room’ the walls were all decorated with everything to do with the Lemony Snicket’s books and film,

Once they had completed the quiz their reward was a goodie bag with lots of fun stickers, quizzes and sweets.  It was a really successful morning, that helped the girls work together, problem solve and also helped Lara with her reading, not at all what some have the impression of library’s being boring and stuffy but a place for all ages to enjoy.

I loved all the inspiring and funny quotes that the library had dotted around, it really went with the humour of the Series Of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket’s.  Do your children like the Lemony Snicket’s books as much as mine?  If your children have been following the series then just see below to find out how to win the most recent novel.

Here is your chance to win this brand new Lemony Snicket book ‘Who could that be at this hour’ where you will find out what happens next in the exciting series of novels.

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  1. October 3, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    fandabidozy giveaway

  2. October 3, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  3. October 3, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    james patterson

  4. October 3, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    JK Rowling

  5. October 3, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Karin Slaughter

  6. October 3, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Loving this blog! My fav author Melina Marchetta (Australian author)

  7. October 3, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    Jack London

  8. October 4, 2014 / 8:29 am

    lyla dune shes new ish but her books are great cant wait till her next ones out

  9. Tracey Parker
    October 4, 2014 / 9:07 am

    Even as an adult my favourite author has always been Roald Dahl

  10. October 4, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    enid blyton

  11. Gemma Nisbet
    October 4, 2014 / 9:47 pm

    Roald Dahl for definite

  12. Linda F McGarrigle
    October 5, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Enid Blyton was by far the best for childrens books imo x

  13. October 5, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    J K Rowling

  14. October 5, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Josephine Cox

  15. October 6, 2014 / 9:50 am

    so difficult. i love the harry potter series but not read anything else by j k rowling. i love the anita black series by laurell k hamilton. i really like charmaine harris!! shes amazing. i love irvine welshes stuff too. also neil gaiman and terry pratchett!! i love reading. i absolutely loved the tale of a series of unfortunate events by lemony snicket. so much that i have the 'eye' tattoo on my ankle lol!! also forever correcting people that the film is not called lemony snicket!!!!!!

  16. October 6, 2014 / 11:10 am

    Stephen King!! Love how his mind works and the amazing stories he comes up with. x

  17. Anonymous
    October 8, 2014 / 10:29 am

    Agatha Christie
    (Spencer Broadley)

  18. October 8, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    i love a bit of mystrery and supense i love stephen king as the stories keep you glued to the book and also i love j k rowling as im a harry potter mad fan 2 diffrent authors x

  19. October 11, 2014 / 1:30 pm

    Roald dahl

  20. October 12, 2014 / 6:05 am

    Kathy Reichs

  21. October 12, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    Josephine Cox

  22. Felicity Kelly
    October 12, 2014 / 11:39 pm

    I think Roald Dahl is fabulous for children and adults

  23. October 17, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    Julia Donaldson! 🙂

  24. October 17, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    Roald Dahl, fantastic books!! My children love them as much as i did/do 🙂

  25. Sophie Mae
    October 18, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    George R R Martin (Game Of Thrones) xx

  26. October 18, 2014 / 10:21 pm

    Cathy Kelly at the moment but that may change again next week depending on what I have available to read.

  27. October 19, 2014 / 6:50 pm

    CS Lewis

  28. October 21, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    George R R Martin

  29. October 22, 2014 / 1:12 am

    roald dahl, amazing stories! so original

  30. October 22, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    I've always loved Roald Dahl, and now so does my Daughter!

  31. sarah rees
    November 1, 2014 / 11:30 am

    roald dahl

  32. November 1, 2014 / 12:34 pm

    Aminatta Forna

  33. November 2, 2014 / 12:00 am

    So agree with the statements about libraries and children and reading. Libraries are magic worlds. My favourite author might be William Trevor – The Story of Lucy Gault.

  34. Solange
    November 2, 2014 / 4:35 am

    Stephen King

  35. November 2, 2014 / 12:20 pm

    Enid Blyton

  36. Anonymous
    November 2, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    Carole Matthews
    Victoria B

  37. November 2, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    I love lots of authors, possibly Roahl Dahl

  38. November 2, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    stephen King

  39. November 3, 2014 / 11:41 am

    Can't beat Stephen King!

  40. November 3, 2014 / 11:59 am

    danielle steele

  41. Susan Ocock
    November 3, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Roald Dahl

  42. November 3, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    I grew up in Germany and I loved (and still love) the books from Otfried Preußler, the "Secret Seven" and "Famous Five" series from Enid Blyton and all the books from Astrid Lindgren, I just bought a copy from "Pippi Longstocking" for my youngest two :).

  43. Anonymous
    November 3, 2014 / 9:47 pm

    Patricia Cornwell

    Keeley Shaw

  44. December 21, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    Roahl Dahl was my fav

  45. January 7, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Roald Dahl is excellent for children and us adults

  46. February 26, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    What a great idea the reading challenge is!