Plenty to enjoy for the young and young at heart at our local libraries this Easter

Busy time for libraries

by Mike Isle

You could go away Easter Weekend, or you could stay at home and travel the world and even travel through time through the world of books and DVDs at your local library.

The Selwyn District Council is keeping its community libraries open Easter Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Rolleston, and Lincoln libraries will also open 10am to 4pm Sunday.

Even if books are not your thing, there is plenty more on offer at our local library, particularly if you are young and good with your hands.

There are Easter Storytimes at various libraries from Monday, April 15 to Thursday, April 18 from 6 to 7 pm. These are aimed at 2 to 7-year-olds, but all are welcome.

Bookings are only required for children, but they must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. (One adult each family please due to space limitations).

For children seven and under (or the simply young at heart) there are Makerstations — a chance to create wonderful things from a library supplied template or use your imagination to make something unique.

Makerstations are suitable for all ages, though children seven years and under will require active adult supervision. No bookings required. The Makerstations take place in the week after Easter.

For those nine and up, have you ever wanted to try the clay animation that turned out the quirky Wallace and Gromit series? At two workshops at the Lincoln Library. artist Natalie Cheetham will show how to create animation, with storyboarding, making characters and scenes with modelling clay and books, capturing the images and video editing. Lincoln Library, 9.30am–4pm Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16. $15 each, bookings are essential.

Details of all the Easter activities are on the council libraries website