Hop along to Hartlepool libraries’ Easter events

Hartlepool’s libraries have a full programme of activities lined up to keep youngsters happy this Easter.

Making a 3D goldfish bowl, decorating paste eggs, treasure hunts, creating Easter baskets, the ever-popular baby babble, read and rhyme and sing and sign sessions are just some of the events. There’s also an opportunity to meet some real birds of prey and their handlers in a birds of prey show in Central Library.

Continuing the bird theme, during the second week of the libraries’ stories and rhyme sessions, Natural England – the Government’s independent advisor on the natural environment – will be promoting its illustrated children’s book ‘Migration Day’, which tells the story of the epic journey of one of the Tees Valley’s summer visitors - the common tern.

All children who take part in the second week’s stories and rhyme sessions at any of the libraries will receive a free copy of the book and will be able to enjoy drinks and snacks courtesy of Natural England.

All the events are free unless otherwise stated.

Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult and places at some of the events must be booked in advance.

Central Library, York Road – Tel. 01429 272905.

Tuesday, March 29: Stories and rhymes for the under fives - The Easter Party, 2pm-3pm.

Wednesday, March 30: Drop-in activity morning for children of any age, 10am-11.30am. Decorate a cup cake, for children of any age, 10am-11.30am, £1 per cake. Baby babble for the under twos, 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Thursday, March 31: Stories and rhymes for the under fives – I’ll Catch You If You Fall, 10.30am-11.30am.

Monday, April 4: Stories and rhymes for the under fives – Guess How Much I Love You, 10.30am-11.30am.

Tuesday, April 5: Stories and rhymes for the under fives – Seymour and Henry, 2pm-3pm.

Wednesday, April 6: Drop-in activity morning for children of any age, 10am-11.30am. An opportunity to meet birds of prey, for all the family, 10am-4pm. Baby babble for the under twos, 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Thursday, April 7: Stories and rhymes for the under fives – Friends, 10.30am-11.30am.

Headland Library, Middlegate – Tel. 01429 268169

Tuesday, March 29: Make a family of bees, for children aged 5-plus, 10.30am-11.30am. Booking essential.

Friday April 1: Stories and rhymes for the under fives – A Library Book For Bear, 10.30am-11.30am.

Tuesday, April 5: Make a 3D goldfish bowl, for children aged 5-plus, 10.30am-11.30am. Booking essential.

Friday, April 8: Stories and rhymes for the under fives – A Wiggly Piglet With A Prickly Problem, 10.30am-11.30am.

Owton Manor Library, Wynyard Road – Tel. 01429 272835

Tuesday, March 29: Baby boogie for under fives, 11am-12 noon.

Wednesday , March 30: Springtime craft session for children aged 4-plus, 10.30am-11.30am. Booking essential.

Monday, April 4: Stories and rhymes for the under fives – Elmer Fun, 2pm-3pm.

Wednesday, April 6: Holiday craft session for children aged 4-plus, 10.30am-11.30am. Booking essential.

Thursday , April 7: Baby boogie for the under fives, 11am-12 noon.

Seaton Carew Library, Station Lane – Tel. 01429 269808

Tuesday, March 29: Stories and rhymes for the under fives – The Little Puddle, 2pm-3pm.

Thursday, March 31: Make an Easter basket, for children aged 3-plus, 10.30am-11.30am. Booking essential.

Tuesday, April 5: Stories and rhymes for the under fives – Harns Finds His Feet, 2pm-3pm.

Thursday, April 7: Drop-in Easter craft session, for children aged 3-plus, 11.30am-12.30pm.

Throston Grange Library, Glamorgan Grove – Tel. 01429 263199

Thursday, March 31: Decorate your own paste egg, for children of any age, 2.30pm-3.30pm. Booking essential.

Friday 1st April - Sing and sign for the under threes, 10.30am-11.30am.

Monday 4th April - Stories and rhymes for the under fives – Stone Painting, 10.30am-11.30am.

Thursday 7th April - Sing and sign for the under threes, 10.30am-11.30am.

Thursday, April 7: Treasure hunt for children of any age, 2.30pm-3.30pm. Booking essential - £1 per child.

Heather Bellwood, Hartlepool Council’s Children’s and Outreach Librarian, said: “With a chance to come face-to-face with some real birds of prey and a free book giveaway courtesy of our friends at Natural England, it really will be an Easter to remember at Hartlepool’s libraries.”