Kids show they’re book smart by getting creative at fun library event

National Libraries Day at Rastrick Library.'Toby Valentine, five.
National Libraries Day at Rastrick Library.'Toby Valentine, five.

There were plenty of characters on show as youngsters showed their crafty side at a National Libraries Day event.

Rastirck Library opened up its doors for the event, which aimed to showcase what the facility had to offer - not just in terms of books but also as a place to meet and socialise.

The event, which attracted 100 children and adults, was organised by Friends of Rastrick Library and saw children’s craft activities, storytime sessions, an adult quiz and there was also a Tour De France bunting workshop to support Cragg Vale Community Association’s world record attempt.

There was also tea and coffee and children were invited to attend in fancy dress - with Alice in Wonderland and a caterpillar among the many entries.

Alison Lester, secretary of the friends group, said: “It’s been very successful. It was a really popular event.

“It was a very important event because libraries are under threat at the moment with all the budget cuts and because people are using e-books.

“We were trying to encourage more people to come to Rastrick Library not just for the books but for the various groups we have on, including toddler groups, history societies and more. It’s a place where people can come and be social.”

Alison said that it was nice to see a lot of young people taking part in the event - with every one who turned up in fancy dress given a free book.

She also said that the friends group, which was formed in 2012 to mark 100 years of Rastrick Library, was looking to put on further events to raise money to make the building fully disabled accessible.

The next one will be spring craft fair at the library on Crowtrees Lane from 10am to 12.30pm on April 10.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along to National Libraries Day. Thanks to the children who came in fancy dress, people who have made donations, the library staff who came in on their day off to help and all the volunteers who served coffee and helped wash up,” said Alison.