Spring term 2016 events for invited school classes aged

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Spring term 2016 events for invited school classes aged
CULTURE
LIBRARIES, ARTS, HERITAGE,
SPORTS AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
BRENT CIVIC CENTRE
5TH FLOOR
ENGINEERS WAY
MIDDLESEX HA9 0FJ
TEL
EMAIL
WEB
020 8937 3419
[email protected]
www.brent.gov.uk
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER’S DEPARTMENT
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: Lorraine Langham
13 January 2016
Dear Head Teacher / Literacy co-ordinator,
Spring term 2016 events for invited school classes aged 5+: World Book
Day, SPINE Festival events and more…
This term, February to March, (plus a few dates in the Summer Term also), Brent Libraries in
conjunction with Apples and Snakes Arts organisation, are offering invited school classes the
following exciting programme to support literacy, learning and reading for pleasure:
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Children’s author / illustrator events
World Book Day storytelling theatre performance
National Shakespeare Week events
Some of these events form part the SPINE Festival which is a strategic programme of activity
with libraries in London that has been developed by Apples and Snakes, England's leading
organisation for spoken word and performance poetry and an Associate Bridge for the last three
years. The aim of SPINE is to engage more children and young people with literature and
creative and cultural activities in their local libraries as well as encouraging schools to build
lasting connections for longer-term impact. The SPINE Festival will take place from 3 - 5 March
in participating libraries across London.
Brent Libraries are keen to encourage regular class visits and target those schools that don’t
visit libraries. Class visits provide the opportunity for every child to have their own library card
under the Every Child a Library Member scheme. These personal library cards can be used for
out of school library visits. Brent Libraries also offers a scheme where children are able to
borrow two books per visit on a class teacher’s card for use at school. Teachers may apply to
have a teacher’s organisation card. There are no fines for lost or late returned books.
Programme of events and book borrowing
This seasonal reader development programme ties into Brent Council’s objective for supporting
literacy development and we would like all students to borrow books on their class visits. The
process is easy and there are no penalties as stated above. Please contact Brent Libraries to
make an advance booking for the following events. Contact details at the end of this letter.
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Creative writing workshops with poet, performer, storyteller and rock star Jared Louche
The creative writing sessions with Jared are exciting adventures that explore how the language
works and what it can do. His creative writing sessions are highly interactive and seek to
empower children to better command the language while having fun with it. The children will
work on all of the important foci: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and at the end of it all
they’ll have poetry they can take back with them.
Jared’s workshops are appropriate for all ages, Primary through Secondary. Single or double
classes.
Time slots for all workshops: 10.30 – 11.30am and 1.30 – 2.30pm
 Willesden Green Library
Dates: Tuesdays, 26 Jan, 2 & 9 February
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Wembley Library
Dates: 4 & 11 February
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5 February, 4, 11, 15 & 18 March
Library venues tbc
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Plus selected Summer term dates. Please email contacts listed at the end of this letter
for confirmed dates.
Sean Taylor: award winning picture book author workshops
Come and join in a light-hearted session of riddles, rhymes and storytelling with Bristol-based
author Sean Taylor. In the spring of 2016 he will be launching two new books for 3-6 year olds,
Don’t call me Choochie Pooh and A brave bear. Also newly out will be the paperback edition of,
Hoot Owl, master of disguise. Sean is the award-winning author of more than fifty children’s
books. His picture books include It’s a groovy world, Alfredo!, The world champion of staying
awake, Robot rumpus, Crocodiles are the best animals of all and When a Monster is Born.
Suitable for children aged 5 – 7. Single classes preferred.
Wednesday 3 February
10.30 – 11.30am
1.30 – 2.30pm
(Any library location)
Catherine Johnson: award winning author talks for KS2 plus creative writing
Very accessible creative writing workshops that work with wide abilities beginning with a series
of very fast quick writing warm ups followed by one or two longer exercises (depending on
time). Will include a book talk.
Suitable for Year 5 or 6. Single classes preferred.
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Nest of Vipers Workshop
In 18th Century London Cato Hopkins and his gang have to live on their lightening fast wits. In
this hour long workshop learn how to sharpen yours and perform magic - with words! With a
series of fast paced writing exercises - with plenty of sharing - Catherine will build students'
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confidence with words and with ideas. This is a workshop to harness new beginnings and
exciting inciting incidents! It's about sparking and invention, and crucially, not thinking too hard.
Time slots for all workshops: 10.30 – 11.30am and 1.30 – 2.30pm
 Ealing Road library
Wednesday 10 February,
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Willesden Green Library
10 & 18 May
Celebrate World Book Day with award winning poet and teacher Rachel Ronney
In these session, Rachel will explore the elements of poetry and discuss where she gets her
ideas from. She will perform some poems (with help from the pupils ). They will also have the
opportunity to create a poem of their own. Rachel Rooney is an award winning poet and
teacher.
Suitable for Key Stage 2 students. Single classes preferred.
Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 March ( World Book Day)
10.30 – 11.30am
1.30 – 2.30pm
(Any library location)
Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella / Blood-red Hood
a Joseph Coehlo production in conjunction with Half Moon Theatre
Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, winner of the 2015 CLiPPA award (Centre for Literacy in
Primary Poetry Award), as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics
in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.
Join a mysterious vaudeville storyteller with a magical top-hat and coat as he unwinds the true
stories behind the happily ever afters, which are maybe not as charming as you remember!
Discover the true tale of Cinderella, where she dies and becomes a zombie and falls in love with
a vampire prince. And of course, there’s the true tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf-hunter
who never leaves her home without her shield, axe and blood-red stained cloak.
The true stories behind those ‘happily ever afters’ fairytales!
Suitable for children aged 8-11. Single or double classes.
NB: Children need to be familiar with the original fairy tales in order to really enjoy this
production.
Friday 4 March
Wembley Library 1.30 – 2.30pm
National Shakespeare Week: Macbeth
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Splats Theatre Company
One of the great terrifying morality mystery plays with its witches, warriors and ghosts. Follow
the tragic fall of the Macbeths, who could defeat anything but their own gullible greed. Are dark
forces in play or did they fool themselves? All hail Macbeth and find out with Splats Theatre
Company.
The play is performed by the Splats narrator who will act classes through it .
The shows are created with physical theatre, movement, circus, dance and character acting.
The Splats director brings props, pieces of costume and music/sound effects.
Suitable for children aged 9+. Single classes.
Wednesday 16 March
10.30 – 11.30am
1.30 – 2.30pm
(Any library location)
Keeper of the Realms – Marcus Alexander
Join Charlie on the adventure of a lifetime in Bellania, a land of myth, magic and giants with bad
attitude and poor anger management! Big, fun author talk with author in demand Marcus
Alexander who makes another welcome return to Brent.
Suitable for children aged 8+. Single or double classes.
Friday 18 March
10.30 – 11.30am
1.30 – 2.30pm
(Any library location)
Celebrate World Book Day with award winning poet and teacher Rachel Ronney
In this session, Rachel will explore the elements of poetry and discuss where she gets her ideas
from. She will perform some poems (with help from the pupils ) They will also have the
opportunity to create a poem of their own. Rachel Rooney is an award winning poet and
teacher.
Suitable for Key Stage 2 students. Single classes preferred.
Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 March
10.30 – 11.30am
1.30 – 2.30pm
(Any library location)
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The Bear and the piano - David Litchfield
The workshop starts with a little introduction by David about himself and his work followed by a
focus on some of his drawing techniques (3 or 4 quick drawing tasks using basic shapes to
create funny characters). He then looks at telling stories through drawing. David then gives the
students an (age appropriate) joke and they have to illustrate it as either a 3 panel comic or a 1
image cartoon.
Suitable for Key Stage 2 students. Single classes preferred.
Tuesday 8 and Friday 11 March
10.30 – 11.30am
1.30 – 2.30pm
(Any library location)
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shadowing programme: inspiring and
challenging young readers
School classes are invited to 'shadow' the judging process for the Chartered Institute of Library
and Information Professionals’ (CILIP) Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards.
Children and young people will read, discuss and review the books on each shortlist selected by
CILIP's panel of Librarian judges and engage in reading related activities. Reading activity
takes place from March to June 2016; from the moment that the shortlists are revealed to the
final winners announcement. Look out for more publicity information or contact Brent Libraries.
Contact details for booking visits to the libraries. Email communication preferred.
Please email both contacts together for booking requests in order to avoid double
bookings
Wendy Levingstone
Libraries Development Officer,
Children and Young People
[email protected]
Tel 020 8937 3559 / 3400
Sarah Smith
Libraries Development
Manager
[email protected]
Tel 020 8937 3419 / 3400
Important
In the event of non attendance by a school for a booked event, Brent Libraries requires a
minimum of one week’s notice to enable them to make alternative booking arrangements for
another school. Failure to do so will result in your school being invoiced for the cost of the
event. Thank you for your cooperation.
Yours sincerely,
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Sarah Smith
Libraries’ Development Manager
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