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This week in the library...


There's so much to do!


In celebration of Mental Health Awareness week, we are reading lots of books about kindness in our activities section, along with kind things to do. You can find lots more recommended well-being reads for all ages at the World Book Day website:


Over in the book club we are encouraging each other to "Choose Kind" with RJ Palacio's book Wonder (you might also have watched the film). Why not join us in making the world a kinder place?


On Friday we are celebrating well-being hero Elmer the Elephant who is always a good friend to the other animals in the jungle. Cheer up your neighbours by making some fabulous Elmer bunting for your window or sending your friends some printable cards.


If you are feeling super literary and want to attend a world famous book festival, head over to The Hay Digital Schools Week where you can find Emma Carroll (Letters to the Lighthouse), Pamela Butchart, Tom Gates author Liz Pichon, Onjali Q Rauf, Cressida Cowell, Konnie Huq and rap poet Karl Nova. Wow!

Don't forget, you can email Ruth and Lisa:


We would really love to hear what great books you have been reading so we can start a "recommended reads" page.



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How can we still have a library?

Maybe you didn't think of this before, but the library is not just a room where we keep books: it is a community where we learn to love reading together. So please keep doing all those things you usually do in the library. Things like:


  • reading with/to your brothers and sisters and friends
  • recommending books to each other
  • keeping up to date with your reading challenge and asking us for help when you need it 
  • making your own books, stories and comic strips
  • making and using puppets to retell stories you know
  • keeping your books tidy and organised
  • playing games together and making crafts/illustrations to go with the books you've enjoyed
  • finding a nice cosy place with cushions and blankets to just chill out with a book when you need a moment of calm.


We would also love you to join in some activities with us that we will post each week. Keep using the library like you would at school: if you come every day to see what's new, do that. If you check in once a week to keep up with your reading challenge, we can help with that. There will be special days and events celebrating wonderful stories and national reading events. Drop us an email with your ideas.
















Share a Story with Kieron Dyer

Kieron Dyer visits the library for Share a Story week. 

Kieron is an English former professional footballer, who played as a midfielder. 

Born in Ipswich, he played youth football for  Ipswich Town before going on to make nearly 100 league appearances for the club's first team. He was sold to Newcastle United for £6 million, at the time the highest fee paid for an Ipswich player, and made nearly 200 appearances for Newcastle between 1999 and 2007. Kieron represented England on 33 occasions between 1999 and 2007. He was a member of the England squads which reached the quarter-finals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004. Kieron still lives in Ipswich and coaches the Ipswich Town youth teams.

Kieron's favourite story as a child was Jack and the Beanstalk so this is the story he read to the children in the library. Mercedes asked Kieron why this story was his favourite and he explain that as a child he was quite mischievous and adventurous and had a beanstalk magically appeared one day, he would have climbed it and taken the things Jack took!


A Special Visitor - The Mayor of Ipswich Reads a Story

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Watch and listen to the story

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Mayor part 2.mp4

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part 3

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part 4

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