For the third year running Hammersmith Library took part in the increasingly popular LBHF Arts Fest with a range of activities/events from Monday 6 June until Sunday 12 June.
Monday 6 June saw Kate Corkery visit Hammersmith Library to deliver a storytelling session to a class from St Marys Primary School. Kate is a member of the multicultural Storytelling Company Common Lore. Kate told the children the story of how the River Shannon got it’s name among other tales.
Commotion under the Ocean
This was followed on Tuesday 7 June by a session with our regular U5s to celebrate National Book start week which this year the theme was Under the Sea.
The staff delivering the session dressed up appropriately with a special visit from our very own Killer Whale!
All the children attending this session and the other U5s throughout the week all received a copy of ‘A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea‘ – a gift from the Book Trust and Barefoot Books.
Simon Cherry, Children’s Author and Francis Blake, Illustrator
In the afternoon on Tuesday 7 June new Children’s Author Simon Cherry introduced his first Children’s Book called ‘Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-up‘ published by Usborne to an audience from Flora Gardens Primary School.
Francis Blake is the illustrator and LBHF will remember him from working for LBHF Libraries for many years.
Simon Cherry is an experienced television producer, writer and director who worked in Melvyn Bragg’s Arts Department at ITV for almost 2o years. Simon lives in Surrey with his wife, 2 teenage sons and a ginger cat, and hopes that one day his shed might also turn into a sailing ship.
Francis Blake has been an illustrator for as long as he can remember, and his artwork appears in magazines, books and advertising campaigns across North America and Europe, as well as the Far East. He lives in London with an increasingly demanding and occasionally very bad-tempered cat called Sufi.
While Simon talked to the children about how he was inspired to write about Pirates, Francis illustrated his every word.
National Army Museum
On Wednesday 8 June and Thursday 9 June the National Army Museum came along to talk to classes from Flora Gardens Primary School about the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
The children were able to ask questions to one of the British Soldiers on leave from the Battle about his experiences of the war and the trenches.
Finally on Saturday 11 June Cat and Hutch Productions visited Hammersmith Library to deliver 2 sessions of ‘My Father’s Dragon’ – a storytelling version of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s book for children.