It’s not long until the school holidays, so why not plan to join in with a range of activities laid on by Kinver Community Library?  The Vicarage Drive library, which has been volunteer-run since January this year, is keen not only to offer great reading material but also styles itself as a village hub where the community can get involved with plenty of events.

The library, along with others across Staffordshire is once again promoting the Summer Reading Challenge.  This nationwide scheme, to be launched on Saturday 15th July, encourages children to keep reading throughout the holidays, with giveaways, stickers and ultimately a medal and certificate to collect – and all they have to do is borrow and read six books (although more are allowed!)  Volunteer Coordinator, Ruth Pearsall, explains: “This year’s theme is ‘Animal Agents’, so we’ll have lots of suitable reading material on display but you can borrow whatever you want.  Maybe you’ll discover a new favourite!”

There’s certainly a journey of discovery to be made through the events the library has planned with the Think Tank.  The outreach team from the Birmingham-based science museum are coming to present a series of Monday morning sessions at the library: Space Day on 7th August, Fabulous Forces Day on 14th August and Bodies Day on 21st August, as well as two Monday afternoons (7th and 21st August) with a pop-up planetarium at the Kinver Sports and Community Association in Legion Drive.  For full details of the content and age ranges for these unmissable shows, which are just £5 each, please visit the news page at

Who do your children think they are?  Why not encourage them to explore their family history at the library’s special ‘My Family Tree’ workshop on Saturday 22nd July, 1.30-4.30pm?  Armed with some basic information in advance, they’ll get expert guidance from Jenny Metcalfe, who says:  “We’ll find out how to delve into records to look back at the earlier generations and see how interesting it is to uncover stories from the past.”  Children of 11+ are welcome on their own and younger ones can attend with a family member to help them.  It costs £5 per child or family group and participants will get a user-friendly workbook in which to keep all their findings.

For those who love a creative challenge, Gilly Page is holding more of her popular craft workshops on Friday mornings, 10.00-12.00: 28th July and 4th, 11th and 18th August, at a cost of £5 each.  All materials are provided, the children – up to age 10 or so – just need to come armed with plenty of imagination!