Medway Libraries’ Schools and Families Update
Libraries are open for Click and Collect
You can still click and collect books, DVDs, audiobooks and jigsaws from a library of your choice. You can do this in two ways:
- Call 01634 337799 with your library card number ready
- Log in to your library account online or on the Spydus app (Android, iPhone), and reserve your item(s) from the catalogue
All library loans are quarantined for 72+ hours on return.
Win a Bundle of Illuminating Books
BookTrust have a set of three stunning books to give away! To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question here by 11pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2021.
Win a copy of “Fearless Fairy Tales” by Konnie Huq and James Kay
BookTrust have five copies of this fabulous book to give away! To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question here by 11pm on Thursday 11th February 2021.
Shh! We Have A Plan- Free 15 Minute Show for Young Children
English Touring Opera have a free 15 minute show based on Chris Haughton's book Shh! We Have A Plan online until Easter. There are also a number of craft videos children and parents can use to make their own puppets, musical instruments and puppet show.
Free Online Services from Medway Libraries
With a Medway Libraries card number and PIN, you and your students can access all the below for free. To join the library and gain instant online access, please sign up here.
- 12,000+ eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages – access via our website, the Libby app (Overdrive app if using a Kindle), or https://medway.overdrive.com/
- 130+ eMagazines- including many of the nation’s most popular titles, including BBC Good Food, BBC History Magazine, Playstation, Top Gear, Match of the Day and National Geographic (including Kids and Little Kids editions). Our selection includes magazines on parenting, gardening, homes and interiors, nature, photography, art, sport, entertainment, craft, travel, family history, science, cars, trains, fitness, food, children’s, technology, and more. Access via our website, the RBDigital App, or http://www.rbdigital.com/medway/. Please note there are also lots of eMagazines on Pressreader, e.g. Beano (see Newspapers).
- 1,500+ eComics, including manga, Star Trek, X-Men, and Marvel titles such as the Avengers, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more. There are also children’s titles and Disney comics, Popeye, My Little Pony and more. Access via our website, the RBDigital App, or http://www.rbdigital.com/medway/.
- Newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Kent Messenger, Newsweek and The Daily Telegraph, as well as a selection of children’s titles. Access via our website, the Pressreader app, or https://www.pressreader.com/catalog.
- Family history website Ancestry. Visit https://medway.spydus.co.uk and sign in with your library card. Ancestry can be accessed via the drop down box from your name on the top right or in My Account on the left hand side.
- Online reference resources, such as Encyclopaedia Britannica (Junior, Student and Adult), Access to Research and Oxford Reference Online. The full links and access can be found here.
Links to all the services and resources above can also be found on the Medway Libraries website (https://www.medway.gov.uk/libraries). They can be accessed on a computer, smartphone, tablet and many eReaders.
Join Medway Libraries
You can join the library online here.
Holocaust Memorial Day – Wednesday 27th January 2021
Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. You can find a huge bank of resources on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s website, and search for events.
Medway Libraries will mark the day with book clubs (see item below) and virtual visits at Medway schools.
More Holocaust Memorial Day resources can be found on award-winning children’s author Tom Palmer’s website. Tom has just released his new book, After The War, to great acclaim. It is set in the Lake District in the summer 1945, and follows three boys who are among three hundred children who were taken to Ambleside after surviving the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. You can read the first chapter for free here and find resources relating to the book here.
Online Book Clubs
Medway Libraries run secure online book clubs for the ages below, on Microsoft Teams. All the books are available for free, along with thousands of others, through our eLibrary. To sign up for a free library card, please click here.
8-12 Year Olds: Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll
- Thursday 21st January, 4-5pm.
8-12 Year Olds: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
- Thursday 4th March, 4-5pm. (World Book Day)
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
- Read or listen to the book for free here.
13-16 Year Olds: Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson
- Wednesday 3rd February, 4-5pm
- Please email email@example.com to book.
- You can read the book for free here.
17-19 Year Olds: TBC
- Thursday 11th February, 6-7pm
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Join other Medway residents in a fun virtual Lego Club. The theme comes out on Tuesday at 4pm on Medway Libraries’ Facebook page- simply make your creation(s) and post a photo in the comments. You have a whole week to take part, before the next theme is announced. (Please note any building bricks will do; they do not need to be Lego-branded).
For more information please check this page.
Reading Is Magic Festival
The Reading is Magic Festival will expand its free streaming service throughout the lockdown. Put together by organisers of the Bath Children’s Literature Festival last autumn and supported by Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell, the festival saw writers film themselves putting on a variety of events.
Highlights include an appearance by Cowell herself, Kristina Stephenson telling the story of her popular character Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and writer and illustrator Jessica Love reading her book Julian is a Mermaid. There are also interactive sessions with Joseph Coelho, Adam Murphy, Steve Lenton and Sophy Henn.
Young people can enjoy free access by signing up using the promo code FREEMAGICPRESS at the festival website.
Free eBook Every Week during Lockdown
Oak National Academy, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, have launched a new programme to enrich children’s literacy skills and enjoyment of reading, and support children’s wellbeing. Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide children with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.
Winter Mini Challenge extended to February half-term
The Reading Agency are pleased to announce their Winter Mini Challenge will be extended to support families at home during this new lockdown period.
The Everyone is a Hero challenge, created in partnership with children's publisher Knights Of, will now run until Friday 19 February.
Children can take part at www.wintermini.org.uk.
Free Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Home Learning Packs
Is your child a fan of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s wonderful picture books? Now you can download a range of home learning activity packs to complete as your read the books!
BookTrust Christmas Appeal: Thank You
A big thank you to everyone who supported BookTrust’s Christmas appeal! With your generous support, 14,250 children who are vulnerable or in care received a festive book parcel in the run-up to Christmas.
If there’s anything we can help you with, please get in touch.
Emily Maycock | Community Librarian – Young People’s Team | Medway Libraries | Medway Council
01634 335146 | Gillingham Library, 3 High Street, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1BG
Currently reading: “Twice Magic” by Cressida Cowell