Today marks the start of National Storytelling Week

The wonder of stories, image credit Tom Arran taken at Spring Cottage School’s new library.
The wonder of stories. Photo: Tom Arran, taken at Spring Cottage School’s new library.

Today (Feb 3) marks the start of National Storytelling Week as Hull Libraries celebrates the wonder of stories across the city. From enjoying brand new school libraries, conjuring up famous authors, to transforming Central Library into Hogwarts – the joy and wonder of storytelling will create a magical buzz for all ages. 

Local author Phil Earle will embark on a storytelling tour to six schools across the city. Phil who is author of popular children’s books, Superhero Street and Demolition Dad will kick off his storytelling adventure at Oldfleet Primary School, as children, parents and teachers come together to share stories. 

As well as an action packed programme in its 11 libraries across the city, Storytelling Week will culminate with Harry Potter night on Friday 7 February. 

Now in its fifth year, this is one of Hull Libraries’ most popular events as library staff transform Central Library into the world of Hogwarts welcoming hundreds of wizards, witches and muggles for an evening of storytelling, costumes, crafting, potion making and magical mayhem! 

Christine Hill, Principal Librarian, explained: “Storytelling week gives us the opportunity to celebrate the magic and wonder of stories. 

“We want to dispel the myths that libraries are quiet, dull places. There’s certainly no shushing here. We have an action-packed programme of activity and events for all ages.  It’s not just books on shelves that our libraries offer. We also have a wide range of digital books and a whole host of other engaging activities available for children to explore and fuel their imaginations, such as learning a new skill at a family day in the Makerspace, borrowing DVD’s or meeting new friends at our many activity sessions. A whole magical world awaits.” 

Step through the wall of Platform 9 3/4 and let the Sorting Hat choose your House. A small number of tickets are still available for the Harry Potter Night. Priced at £5 tickets they are available online from EventBrite. For full details of what’s on at Hull Libraries pick up a What’s on Guide. 

[Rebecca Aspin – Home PR]