Get in gear, check your health, or explore forests at Blaby’s libraries

Leisure and LifestyleOriginally published 4th February 2011

There will be plenty to keep both adults and children entertained and informed, and even a chance to check up on your health, at libraries in the Blaby area this February.

First off, there will be a story time session for children under eight years old at Enderby Library on Saturday February 5th from 11:30am to 12 noon.

Then if you fancy something a little different on Valentine’s Day you can enjoy coffee with a local Magistrate at Blaby Library. Find out more about this important legal position, and even how you can go about becoming one, at this free event on Monday 14th February between 10.30am and 11.30am

An insight into Willesley Wood is on offer two days later on Wednesday 16th February, when the Woodland Trust’s Ian Retson will be giving an evening talk at 7pm on its history and ongoing conservation at Glenhills Library. Tickets for this event cost £2 each and should be booked in advance.

Free health checks are also on offer through the third week of the month in all the area’s libraries, provided by Blaby District Council’s Active Together Team.

Braunstone Town Library: Monday 14th February, 9.30am until 11.30am.
Glenhills Library: Tuesday 15th February, 3pm until 5pm.
Countesthorpe Library: Wednesday 16th February, 10:15am until 12:15pm.
Enderby Library: Wednesday 16th February, 2:30pm until 4:30pm.
Cosby Library: Thursday 17th February, 10am until 12noon.
Glenfield Library: Thursday 17th February, 2:30pm until 4:30pm.
Kirby Muxloe Library: Friday 18th February, 10:30am until 12:30pm.

Over the half term break, fans of Jacqueline Wilson can immerse themselves in the world of her famous tomboy heroine, Tracy Beaker, with Explore Learning events on Wednesday 23rd February.

These fun literacy workshops are for children between seven and eleven years old and take place in Braunstone Town Library between 11am and 12 noon, at Kirby Muxloe Library between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, and at Enderby Library between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. These should be very popular events, so pre-booking is required.

Those looking for a real challenge over half term can take part in the Top Gear learning events, in which children pick up activity sheets from local libraries in preparation for the Top Gear Challenge at Enderby Library at the end of the week.

Teams of children and adults will compete between 10am and 12noon on Saturday 26th of February to design and create the best toy car they can using just the materials provided. Who will be the Top Gear Champion? This free event is for seven to twelve-year-olds and accompanying adults, and is bound to be popular, so spaces should be booked early.

Fitting in with the cars theme, on Friday 25th Feb Explore Learning will be providing another set of workshops, this time on the subject of cars and combining numeracy as well as literacy skills. This workshop is aimed at six to eleven-year-olds and take place at Glenfield Library between 10am and 11am, Countesthorpe Library between 2:15pm and 3:15pm and Cosby Library between 4pm and 5pm.

David Sprason, Leicestershire County Council Lead Member for Adults & Communities, said,

“Events like these across libraries in Blaby keep visitors of all ages stimulated and entertained, and for little or no cost.”

For further details of these and other events, please contact Ali Sheffield on 0116 305 5900, visit the website (link below) or visit your local library.

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