Families make their own Summer stories in Sefton libraries

Young visitors to Sefton’s libraries will be making their own stories during the school holidays as they enjoy a rich programme of fun learning opportunities. 

All libraries will continue to host craft days, StoryTime and RhymeTime sessions throughout the summer holidays.

In those libraries with the the mobile zoo, there is a charge of £2.50 per person for this activity.

Bootle Library

Bootle Library will be busy throughout August, with a Fun Day (3 August); finding fun ways to explore the relationship between buildings and people with Emily Speed and the Possibilities Club (7-11 August, 12-3pm), hosting a mobile zoo (10 August, 10.30-11.30am) and free print workshops (24 August, 10am-1pm) with local artists from The Bluecoat in Liverpool.


Crosby Library

Crosby Library will be playing host to a wide range of fun activities during the summer holidays. Children and young people can take part in the Summer Reading Challenge from 3 July, with this year’s theme of Animal Agents. They can also enjoy craft sessions (every Wednesday, 2.10pm), the mobile zoo (8, 14, 22 August), Lego club (every Saturday, 10.30am – 12.30pm) , print workshops and more.


Formby Library

Formby Library will provide a haven for children and young people throughout the summer, with free craft sessions (25 July and 10, 30 August, 2.30-4pm) for children up to 8 years of age; mobile zoo* (3, 17, 24 August, 2.30pm), print workshop (22 August, 1.30-4pm).

Formby will also host Sefton Rangers with their wildlife craft session on 7 August, 2.30pm.


Meadows Library (Maghull)

At Meadows Library in Maghull they welcome the mobile zoo on 4 / 11 / 18 August, 2.30pm and Sefton Rangers on 21 August.

There will also be free summer craft days on 2 and 16 August.


Netherton Library

The summer holiday programme at Netherton Library  begins with a free print workshop (31 July, 1.30- 4.30pm), which is followed by the mobile zoo* (10 August, 2.30- 3.30pm); Sefton Rangers animal craft (15 August, 2.30- 3.30pm)


Southport Library

The mobile zoo and the Sefton Rangers will be bringing wildlife to Southport Library, which is set in the beautiful surrounds of The Atkinson.

Special animal themed craft sessions for children will take place 28 July and 1 September, 10.30 -11.30 am.

Southport Library will also have RhymeTime and StoryTime sessions alongside the usual craft days.

Southport library group propose permanent tribute to actress Jean Alexander

A LIBRARY group from Southport say they have come up with a way of paying permanent tribute to legendary Southport actress Jean Alexander.

The Liverpool born star, who died in October last year, was a patron of the North Meols Library Association and now bosses at the NMLA want to dedicate a specialist ‘reading space’ to the Coronation Street actress.

They have said they will incorporate the space in their proposals for the Botanic Garden based ‘Library In the Gardens’ scheme.

A spokesperson for the NMLA said: “Our project for The Library in the Gardens is progressing well despite our failure to secure a lottery grant, everything is close to being in place but is dependant upon us raising the funding.

“We are working on Plan B which involves inviting tenders for the works to bring the pavilion up to current standards.

“Our plans for the building includes a central library space along with two meeting rooms on either side, one of which we intend to name ‘The Jean Alexander Meeting Room’.

“We have an architects Illustration of how this might look.

“Following the recent auction of Jean Alexander’s effects we have managed to secure a small number of personal items, pictures and bric a brac in the main, which we intend to display in a small and discreet manner in the room.

“They are of no intrinsic value other than having belonged to Miss Alexander our much missed patron whose memory we wish to commemorate in the modest and unassuming way she lived her life, here in Churchtown

“If anyone is able to offer their support, either practical or financial, to help make our project a reality please get in touch with NMLA secretary Elaine on elaineflangley@gmail.com or call 07721 451158 or look at our wesite for more information http://www.thelibraryinthegardens.weebly.com”