Happy Active Stories Programme from Bradford Libraries

Book onto our Happy Active Stories programme online for children under five.

Bradford Libraries are teaming up with theatre groups and yoga specialists to share the fun with interactive, engaging stories online. 

Want to stomp through the swamp?  Splash in the ocean?  Sing with the King?

https://www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries/children-and-young-people/happy-active-stories/ for more details.

Jump on an engaging adventure of stories that will encourage your little ones to develop a love of books even when they can’t get to the library!* 

Booking is now open for the programme below.  Just email susan.brewster-craig@bradford.gov.uk to book.

Friday 30 April at 10.30am – Hoglets Theatre Company and Bradford Libraries present “King of the Swamp” by Catherine Emmett

Join Gemma from Hoglets Theatre for a special online storytelling adventure based on King of the Swamp by Catherine Emmett published by Simon & Schuster.

The session will begin with a storytelling performance of Catherine Emmett’s marvellous book, then we’ll explore the swamp dwelling McDarkly’s home using drama games, imagination, songs and guided role-play.  We’ll also be looking at ways we can protect and preserve the beautiful world we live in.

Friday 28 May at 10.30am – Hoglets Theatre Company and Bradford Libraries present “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen

Join Gemma from Hoglets Theatre for a special online storytelling adventure based on We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen published by Walker Books.

The session will begin with a storytelling performance of the beloved classic, then we’ll get wrapped up warmly and head out into the countryside and go on aBear hunt of our very own using drama games, imagination, songs and guided role-play.

I hope you are all feeling brave!

Friday 25 June at 10.30am – Mud Pie Arts and Bradford Libraries present “Billy’s Bucket” by Kes Gray

Join Jenna from Mud Pie Arts for a special online storytelling adventure based on Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray published by Penguin.

All Billy wants is a bucket for his birthday. But this is no ordinary bucket, it is full of the wonders of the sea. Join Billy for a big splash beneath the waves!

Friday 23 July at 10.30am – Mud Pie Arts and Bradford Libraries present “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

Join Jenna from Mud Pie Arts for a special online storytelling adventure based on Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak published by Harper & Row.

Bring your wild thing for a jungle adventure. Dance the rumpus to the light of the moon. Perhaps you can help Max understand his wild feelings.

Friday 27 August at 10.30am – Mud Pie Arts and Bradford Libraries present “Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish” by Michael Foreman

Join Jenna from Mud Pie Arts for a special online storytelling adventure based on Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish by Michael Foreman published by Penguin.

Build a rocket to reach the stars.  Awaken the dinosaurs and help tidy up a world full of rubbish.

Friday 17 September at 11.30am – Diddly Oms Yoga Specialists and Bradford Libraries

Join Helen from Diddly Oms for a special online storytime with gentle yoga poses for children

Friday 8 October at 11.30am – Diddly Oms Yoga Specialists and Bradford Libraries

Join Helen from Diddly Oms for a special online storytime with gentle yoga poses for children

Friday 12 November at 10.30am – Hoglets Theatre Company and Bradford Libraries present “The Way Home for Wolf” by Rachel Bright & Jim Field

Join Gemma from Hoglets Theatre for a special storytelling adventure based on The Way Home for Wolf by Rachel Bright & Jim Field published by Orchard Books.  The session will begin with a storytelling performance of Rachel Bright’s beautiful book about friendship and kindness, then we’ll follow Wolfling Wilf’s journey home and meet the creatures who help him along the way  using  drama games, imagination, songs and guided role-play.  Don’t forget our hat and scarf as we head off across the tundra!

Skills for Work Apprenticeships

Skills for Work deliver apprenticeships to existing members of Staff as well as new recruits.

We want to update you on the increased incentives that was announced in the recent Budget 2021 on March 3rd.  This is fantastic news for Employers thinking about taking on a new apprentice!

Government Incentive: Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.  Link to the Gov Website – Incentives

Youth Incentive: In addition to the government incentive, the youth incentive is also still available, this includes the £1,000 incentive to employers for hiring an apprentice: aged 16 to 18 years old or under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority. 

Further Information

Please email businessdevelopment@bradford.gov.uk with your requirements or phone me on 07582 104031

Winter Reads for Children, Young People and Families

I’m not sure I can guarantee snow this Christmas but I can guarantee some great books to read that will hopefully get the whole family to unwind and start to look forward to a Christmas break. We have some wonderful, unashamedly classic Christmas reads; some laugh-out loud picture books and some wintry page-turners for teens. There’s also the Winter Mini Challenge from the Reading Agency for children to have fun and keep reading during the school holidays. Children can review their books, do online activities and unlock their special virtual badge and certificate.
All the following books are available to borrow from Bradford Libraries. These are just a selection; there are many more titles on Bradford Libraries catalogue. All books are available to borrow via our Order & Collect service. For more details of how to use Order & Collect visit www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries. And don’t forget we have eBooks and eAudio Books too. Click here for Borrowbox.
If you are not finding titles of books that you feel would enhance our children’s book stock and enrich children’s understanding, learning or reading enjoyment please email Development Officer for Children and Young People (christinea.donnelly@bradford.gov.uk) with your suggestions.

The Winter Mini Challenge from the Reading Agency

If you’re a fan of the annual summer reading challenge then you’ll love the Winter Mini Challenge from The Reading Agency. This winter they have teamed up with award-winning inclusive publisher Knights Of to run an Everyone Is a Hero themed Mini Challenge – to celebrate heroes in all their forms and keep children reading this winter. The Winter Mini Challenge runs until Friday 15 January 2021- it encourages children to keep up their reading habits over the winter holidays, with a free-to-access website featuring rewards and incentives for reading and reviewing books. This year’s Mini Challenge features characters from books published by Knights Of, including those from Knights and Bikes (written by Gabrielle Kent; illustrated by Rex Crowle), High-Rise Mystery (written by Sharna Jackson; illustrated by Wumzum), and the Run series (written by Jason Reynolds; illustrated by Selom Sunu). Knights Of have also created a special booklist of their favourite titles to try during the Challenge. The list is full of heroes that inspire, challenge and push the definition of what it means to be a hero. Children can visit the Winter Mini Challenge website at www.wintermini.org.uk from 1 December 2020 to start rating and
reviewing their books and enjoying the online activities. They need to read three books to unlock the special virtual badge and certificate.


Libraries Week 2020 is nearly here. 5-10 October. Only two weeks to go! Programme brochure now live https://www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries/services-in-our-libraries/libraries-week-2020/

Check the brochure to book tickets for our events. Introduction to Libraries Week from Christine May, Interim Head of Bradford Libraries Bradford Libraries are proud and excited to be celebrating national Libraries Week, an annual showcase of the best that libraries have to offer. Each year we explore the innovative and surprising things that libraries are doing to support their communities. In 2020, Libraries Week will take place between the 5th and 10th October, celebrating the nation’s much-loved libraries and their vital role in the UK’s book culture. Across the District we are offering a full and varied programme of activities and events for children, adults and families to participate in – something for everyone. I hope this brochure will inspire and encourage you to take a fresh look at what our libraries have to offer – even in these unique and challenging times – and to try something new. Don’t forget you can still borrow books using our Order & Collect and Home Library services, and of course our e-books offer. To find details of these and more please visit our web pages at: www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge Launch Party – Friday 5th June 4.00pm

Join the Silly Squad and the Let’s Get Silly Ambassadors for an afternoon (ending with a bedtime story) of family fun!

The Summer Reading Challenge 2020 will launch on Friday 5 June and you can join the Silly Squad on a new adventure by setting your own personal reading challenge to complete this summer. Create a free profile to keep track of your books, reviews, and all of the special rewards you unlock along the way. You’ll also find heaps of super silly activities, quizzes, videos, games and more to keep you entertained at home. This year’s Challenge runs from June to September, so there is plenty of time to take part and get silly this summer.

Join us on Facebook on Friday 5 June to meet our super silly Ambassadors, who will be sharing their favourite silly stories, leading a draw-along to create your very own Silly Squad character, showing us their silliest dance moves, telling their most hilarious joke and sharing so much more silly fun with us all.

Once you have celebrated with the Silly Squad at the Launch Party head on over to sillysquad.org.uk to start your seriously silly summer reading Challenge!

Let’s Get Silly Launch Party Schedule

4.00pm – Sam & Mark (as seen on CBBC) launch the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 and introduce you to the Silly Squad – telling you how you can sign up and start your seriously silly summer

4.10pm – Comedian, author and presenter, David Baddiel, reads from his children’s book The Taylor TurboChaser

4:15pm – Author Gareth P Jones reads from his book Dinosaur Detective: Catnapped! and takes us on a real adventure

4:20pm – Drawing with award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph

4:30pm – Poet and author Joseph Coehlo reads Funny Fish from his book Poems Aloud

4:35pm – President of Libraries Connected, Carol Stump, reads a book from the official 2020 Summer Reading Challenge booklist – You Can’t Call an Elephant in an Emergency by Patricia Cleveland-Peck & David Tazzyman

4:40pm – Crafts, colour and creativity with the original queen of colouring, Johanna Basford

4:45pm – Authors Katie and Kevin Tsang read from their book Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Zombies – including some super silly dress up!

4:50pm – Let’s Get Silly with longest-serving female BBC Blue Peter presenter and author Konnie Huq

4.55pm – Presenter, author and adventurer, Ben Fogle reads an extract from his Mr Dog book series

5:05pm – The British Library shares content from their Discovering Children’s Books website where you can find a whole range of creative activities. In this video, Viviane Schwarz shows you fun ways of developing silly characters

5:10pm – How to Build a Super Silly Reading Den with BBC’s Katie Thistleton and Hacker T Dog

5:20pm – Children’s author Philip Ardagh reads from his book Bunnies on the Bus

5:25pm – Arts Council England’s Director of Libraries, Sue Williamson, reads her favourite poem

5:30pm – Silly Squad draw-along with author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson, who is the Summer Reading Challenge 2020’s official illustrator!

5:40pm – Award-winning comedian, actress and writer Samantha Baines reads from her novel Harriet Versus The Galaxy

5:45pm – Konnie Huq gets super silly with the Silly Squad

5:50pm – Shed School Magic with the nation’s favourite teacher, Mr Bates

6pm – The nation’s favourite comedian and presenter Paul O’Grady will read an excerpt from his favourite children’s book, The Borrowers

6:05pm – Author Jennifer Killick reads from her book, Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse and shows us how to do a very silly dance – join in!

6:15pm – Children’s author (and game designer!) Gabrielle Kent reads from her book, Knights and Bikes

6:25pm – Actor Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) reads from his favourite book, A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

6:30pm – Jokes with our Ambassadors! Including Quick Reads 2020 author Milly JohnsonSamantha Baines, and Konnie Huq

6:35pm – Actor and writer Shobna Gulati (Dinner Ladies, Coronation Street) will read Tiny Ant from the Official Book Collection

6.40pm – Author and illustrator Laura Dockrill shares her favourite poems including her own poem My Mum’s Growing Down as well as one by Benjamin Zephaniah from Talking Turkeys and a Carol Ann Duffy poem!

6.45pm – It’s time to hear the official ‘Let’s Get Silly!’ theme song! Written and performed by Harry Baker and Chris Read

6:50pm – Closing the Launch Party with a bedtime story, actor Charlie Condou (Holby City, Coronation Street) reads This is Gus from the official Summer Reading Challenge book collection

7pm – End

Head to www.sillysquad.org.uk to sign up to the Challenge!- and keep an eye on the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page throughout the summer to catch even more fantastic videos from our wonderful ambassadors and book collection authors!

Need some great children’s books to read for the Summer Reading Challenge?

During the current situation while our libraries are closed, you can find lots of great reads from bestselling children’s authors available from our free E-book service:

All you need is a library card.

If need a library card you can join here: