Refugee Week 15th – 23rd June 2019

Come and join Bradford Libraries during Refugee Week at their welcoming storytime and craft making activity for children and families.  Lily and the Polar Bears is a charming, funny, sweet picture book combining concerns about arctic erosion, animal conservation and immigration in a lovely story about polar bears. Come along to hear the story and make a fun polar bear craft.

  • Keighley Library                                   Weds 12 June       11am – 11.45pm
  • Burley Library                                       Tues 18 June         1.45pm
  • Ilkley Library                                         Weds 19 June       10.15am
  • Bingley Library                                     Thurs 20 June       10am
  • Menston Library                                  Thurs 20 June       3.30pm
  • Wyke Library                                        Fri 21 June            2pm
  • Queensbury Library                            Sat 22 June            10.30am
  • City Library                                            Sat 22 June            11am

Pyjamarama Activities

Have you got an under five who loves transport?

Come along to our activities between 31 May and 7 June to celebrate Bookstart, the UK’s first free book-gifting scheme.

We will be giving away free copies of the book Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt.

There are some great events coming up with stories to be told, giant cars to decorate and crafty car key rings to make. We’ll also have some interactive drama based workshops for young children and parents together. Watch out for these with Pyjama Drama.

All events are free. No need to book, just turn up!

  • Shipley Library, Friday 31 May, 10am, Pyjama Drama interactive session
  • Ilkley Library, Friday 31 May, 1pm, Pyjama Drama interactive session
  • Baildon Library, Saturday 1 June, 10am, Pyjama Drama interactive session
  • Manningham Library, Saturday 1 June, 10am, Pyjama Drama interactive session
  • Wrose Library, Saturday 1 June, 10am to 12noon, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts
  • Eccleshill Library, Monday 3 June, 2pm to 2.45pm, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts
  • Bingley Library, Tuesday 4 June, 10.30am, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts
  • Burley Library, Tuesday 4 June, 1.45pm, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts
  • Thornton Library, Wednesday 5 June, 11am to 12 noon, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts
  • Heaton Hub Library, Thursday 6 June, 10am to 12 noon, Transport stories, craft and messy play
  • Bingley Library, Thursday 6 June, 10am, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts
  • Clayton Library, Thursday 6 June, 10am, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts
  • Silsden Library, Thursday 6 June, 1.30pm, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts
  • City Library, Thursday 6 June, 2pm, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts
  • Wyke Library, Friday 7 June, 2pm, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts
  • Laisterdyke Library, Saturday 8 June, 10.30am to 11.30am, Stories and lollipop car crafts
  • Keighley Library, Saturday 8 June, 11am to 11.45am, Car Car Truck Jeep storytime and crafts

Children’s Centres and Family Hubs

  • Rainbow Children’s Centre, Monday 3 June, 9.30am to 11am, Transport themed play and learn
  • Menston Children’s Centre, Tuesday 4 June, 9.30am to 11am, Transport themed play and learn
  • Daisy Chain Children’s Centre, Tuesday 4 June, 9.30am to 11am, Transport themed play and learn
  • Hirst Wood Children’s Centre, Tuesday 4 June, 9.30am to 10.45am, Transport themed play and learn
  • Owlet Children’s Centre, Thursday 5 June, 9.15am to 10.45am, Transport themed play and learn
  • Low Fold Children’s Centre, Friday 6 June, 9.15am to 10.45am, Transport themed play and learn
  • Trinity 5 Rise Children’s Centre, Friday 6 June, 9.15am to 10.45am, Transport themed play and learn

Bookstart Bear

Monday 3 June 12 noon to 3pm

Broadway – Bookstart Bear and team will be in the Broadway Centre telling stories and gifting books.

Thursday 6 June – Bookstart Bear Tour

  • Bingley Library – 10am
  • Heaton Hub – 11am
  • City Library – 2pm

A NEW project has been started in deprived areas of the Bradford district to encourage parents to be more engaged in their children’s learning.



Parent currently studying English Classes at Knowleswood Primary School gets involved to inspire her child to learn.  Family Learning and Adult Skills attended this event at St. Christopher’s Church on the 24th April to promote courses available in the community in partnership with the Literacy Trust.


Source: Telegraph and Argus, 30/04/19 :

A NEW project has been started in deprived areas of the Bradford district to encourage parents to be more engaged in their children’s learning.
The Inspiring Parents scheme has been created by Bradford Stories, a campaign run by the National Literacy Trust’s Bradford Hub, and funded by the Bradford Opportunity Area.
It aims to improve literacy attainment for a children aged nine to 11 by supporting parents to be more involved in their learning at school and at home.
It comes as last year almost a third of children in Bradford – 29 per cent – left primary school unable to read at the expected level for their age.

Research has shown when parents and carers take an active role in their children’s education it can transform their chances of success at school and beyond.
To launch the new scheme, two fun-filled family events were held in Bradford and Keighley last week to engage families in the project.
One was held at St Christopher’s Church in Holme Wood, and the other at Central Hall in Keighley. Activities at the events for families included designing their own comic strips and creating their own newspaper front pages to celebrate stories from their community.
All of the activities were examples of creative ways parents can help develop their children’s reading and writing skills at home.
Children’s author James Nicol was also on hand to lead storytelling sessions and hand free books out for families to take and read at home.
The Bowling, Keighley and Tong areas have been chosen as they have some of the most deprived areas in the district and the programme will operate in selected schools in those areas to promote positive parent-school relationships and raise awareness of the impact of parental engagement at home on their child’s learning.
It will be run by parent volunteers – known as Parent Champions – from the local community who are best placed to understand and help overcome the challenges faced by families in those areas.

Each volunteer will lead a six-week programme of literacy-themed activities with groups of parents, which will be tailored to the specific families and their needs, and will range from school coffee mornings, family reading groups, and creative activities to do at home.
These activities will help parents understand the importance of supporting their child’s learning and give them ideas and suggestions for ways to continue their child’s learning at home.
Imran Hafeez, Inspiring Parents lead and manager of Bradford Stories, said: “Parents and guardians play such an important role in their children’s learning and outcomes.
“Their engagement is a more powerful force for academic success than other family background such as social class, family size, and level of parental education.

“We want to get more parents positively engaging in their children’s learning and give them the confidence to know that their involvement is invaluable to their child’s happiness and later success.”
Bradford is one of a dozen areas in England chosen by the Department for Education as an Opportunity area, meaning the district benefits from increased funding to improve social mobility and unlock the potential of England’s young people through education.
Anne-Marie Canning, independent chair of Bradford Opportunity Area Partnership Board, added: “The Bradford Opportunity Area is pleased to be able to support the National Literacy Trusts Inspiring Parents events.

“We aim to reach as many parents as possible in local areas through Parent Champions, who can offer practical help to other parents read for fun to their children and help them develop essential reading and communication skills.”
Bradford Stories, run by the National Literacy Trust and Bradford Council, has been in operation since 2014.







Mischief and Mayhem during week commencing 20th May with Peter Rabbit and friends at Bradford Libraries

Peter Rabbit

Calling all you Peter Rabbit fans!  Come and join us for some Mischief and Mayhem during week commencing 20th May with Peter Rabbit and friends.  Library staff will be telling Peter Rabbit stories and offering crafty activities too!  We are also offering the chance to win family tickets to the new Peter Rabbit Exhibition opening at Cartwright Hall on 18 May.

EccleshillMon 20 May2-3pm
ShipleyTues 21 May2pm
KeighleyWeds 22 May11-11.45am
ThorntonWeds 22 May11-12noon
BingleyThurs 23 May10am
MenstonThurs 23 May3.30pm
WibseyThurs 23 May3.45pm
WykeFri 24 May2pm