‘Freak Friday’ at library’s Hallowe’en bash

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FREAKY spiders helped spin a web of fun as Bulwell Library created a Hallowe’en hotspot for children.

The Highbury Road Library staged a double-header of events with a ‘Funky Bats’ session for under-fives kicking things off in the morning.

Toddlers made bats on sticks as part of an attraction to launch the Bookstart Bear Club, which rewards children for visiting the library and hiring books. In turn, it promotes literacy in later life.

Things got into full swing in the afternoon when 58 children, aged four and above, were joined by 36 parents for ‘Freaky Friday’.

The craft event saw spiders made out of CDs with beady eyes and wiry legs.

Some of the children came in impromptu fancy-dress costumes, which ranged from witches to a pumpkin, Spiderman and lots of ghouls.

They also tucked into a cauldron of punch, made from cranberry juice with apples floating on the surface along with slimy snakes (jelly sweets).

Visitors made witch masks and bats and decorated Hallowe’en biscuits with coloured icing.

Judith Fox, a librarian based at Bulwell, said: “We had a brilliant turnout, particularly in the afternoon.

“This is the first time I have run an event like this at Bulwell, and it was a real success.

“The younger children really got involved in the morning, while the Bookstart Club is an important way of encouraging them to read. Every time they visit the library they get a paw-print stamp and for every four, they receive a certificate. It is about encouraging a lifelong love of books.”

The Hallowe’en event is one of the last to be staged at the library’s historic home on Highbury Road.

For in the New Year, it will switch to the new Riverside Centre at the junction of Main Street and Coventry Road in the town.

OUR PHOTO shows librarian Judith Fox and youngsters at the ‘Freaky Friday’ session — DISPIC NHUD11-2848-1.