Silly Squad Under 13s Reading Challenge

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The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays. This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. The Challenge will run to mid-September.

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  • Find out about the great stuff you can join in, for free, over the summer, like storytellers and live dance classes by selecting Online events
  • Be in with a chance to win a £20 book token by entering one of our competitions by selecting Competitions:
  • Listen to or post a truly terrible joke or learn how to craft by clicking on Crafts and Jokes

Get involved now by selecting from the tabs below.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays. This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. The Challenge will run to mid-September.

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  • Find out about the great stuff you can join in, for free, over the summer, like storytellers and live dance classes by selecting Online events
  • Be in with a chance to win a £20 book token by entering one of our competitions by selecting Competitions:
  • Listen to or post a truly terrible joke or learn how to craft by clicking on Crafts and Jokes

Get involved now by selecting from the tabs below.

  • Online events

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    We have lots of fun events for you over the Summer, the details of which can be found below. All of them will be online and free. You can book some now but some will only be bookable two weeks before the date of the event, the details for how to book are provided below.

    Keep an eye out on this website and on our social media for when they become available. We will also be adding further events and doing more on social media, so the following isn’t everything.

    We have lots of fun events for you over the Summer, the details of which can be found below. All of them will be online and free. You can book some now but some will only be bookable two weeks before the date of the event, the details for how to book are provided below.

    Keep an eye out on this website and on our social media for when they become available. We will also be adding further events and doing more on social media, so the following isn’t everything.

  • Tuesday 21 July, 2pm: Silly Squad Acting

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    Join Carly Thoms, who played Miss Honey on the “Matilda the Musical” theatre tour in a Zoom event that combines silliness and acting in equal measure. Brought to you by the Little Actors Theatre from Neston.

    Book through https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries from Tuesday 7 July 2pm.

    Join Carly Thoms, who played Miss Honey on the “Matilda the Musical” theatre tour in a Zoom event that combines silliness and acting in equal measure. Brought to you by the Little Actors Theatre from Neston.

    Book through https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries from Tuesday 7 July 2pm.

  • Wednesday 22 July, 10.30am: Story Time with Mama G

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    Mama G is a pantomime dame who loves to tell stories to children and their families, about being who you are and loving who you want. Get the chance to meet some of Mama G's very own crazy creations: including the first lady to go into space, a goat with a wind problem and a fashionista dinosaur called Little Roar. Mama G's stories are really interactive with lots of sing along moments, puppetry and even a spot of magic!

    Book through https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries from Wednesday 8 July 10.30am

    Mama G is a pantomime dame who loves to tell stories to children and their families, about being who you are and loving who you want. Get the chance to meet some of Mama G's very own crazy creations: including the first lady to go into space, a goat with a wind problem and a fashionista dinosaur called Little Roar. Mama G's stories are really interactive with lots of sing along moments, puppetry and even a spot of magic!

    Book through https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries from Wednesday 8 July 10.30am

  • Monday 27 July 10.30am Silly Face Animation with Mako Create

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    This online workshop is the perfect introduction to those interested in cartoon animation. During the session, you will be given a crash course on how you can use a smartphone or tablet to start making your own cartoon animations. Learn how to take an idea to animation and get hands-on learning how to use drawing tools, colour panel, frames and onion skin. No previous experience is needed to take part in this workshop, meaning it’s perfect for a beginner but we would suggest a minimum age of 8 for these activities. If you’re not quite old enough why not see if an adult can stay and help you.

    As this is an online session you will require the following: A device connected to the internet to watch the tutor’s video stream; A smartphone or tablet with Flipaclip App installed (Google Play Store or Apple App Store); A stylus could be useful but is not essential.

    This will be a live feed on the Cheshire West Libraries Facebook page, no booking necessary.

    This online workshop is the perfect introduction to those interested in cartoon animation. During the session, you will be given a crash course on how you can use a smartphone or tablet to start making your own cartoon animations. Learn how to take an idea to animation and get hands-on learning how to use drawing tools, colour panel, frames and onion skin. No previous experience is needed to take part in this workshop, meaning it’s perfect for a beginner but we would suggest a minimum age of 8 for these activities. If you’re not quite old enough why not see if an adult can stay and help you.

    As this is an online session you will require the following: A device connected to the internet to watch the tutor’s video stream; A smartphone or tablet with Flipaclip App installed (Google Play Store or Apple App Store); A stylus could be useful but is not essential.

    This will be a live feed on the Cheshire West Libraries Facebook page, no booking necessary.

  • Wednesday 5 August 10.30am Creative Silly Dancing With Cheshire Dance

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    A fun, creative dance class for children aged 4-7 years with Cheshire Dance. Come along to have a ‘Silly Squad’ boogie! No previous dance experience is necessary and this session is suitable for all children aged 4-7 years regardless of ability or disability.

    To register please click on the following link and fill in the form: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P1WiPz52Qpqc2bzUt_jgIA . You will then receive an email with details of how to join.

    For help with using Zoom please see: http://www.cheshiredance.org/virtualclasses/zoom.html

    A fun, creative dance class for children aged 4-7 years with Cheshire Dance. Come along to have a ‘Silly Squad’ boogie! No previous dance experience is necessary and this session is suitable for all children aged 4-7 years regardless of ability or disability.

    To register please click on the following link and fill in the form: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P1WiPz52Qpqc2bzUt_jgIA . You will then receive an email with details of how to join.

    For help with using Zoom please see: http://www.cheshiredance.org/virtualclasses/zoom.html

  • Friday 7 August 10.30am Superhero Adventure With Noodle Performance Arts

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    A 45 minute online interactive and energetic session aimed at 4-11 year olds as part of the Cheshire West & Chester Library Service and Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge!

    Dance, drama games and dressing up as the Silly Squad join our Superhero School, learn how to fight crime and foil the dastardly master criminals, Pony & Pidgeon.

    Available to book via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/noodle-cheshire

    A 45 minute online interactive and energetic session aimed at 4-11 year olds as part of the Cheshire West & Chester Library Service and Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge!

    Dance, drama games and dressing up as the Silly Squad join our Superhero School, learn how to fight crime and foil the dastardly master criminals, Pony & Pidgeon.

    Available to book via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/noodle-cheshire

  • Wednesday 12 August 10.30am The Twits

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    Join storyteller John Kirk for a very special online retelling of Roald Dahl's "The Twits". Mr and Mrs Twit are disgusting people who enjoy playing horrid tricks on each other but when the Roly Poly Bird visits their garden their whole world is turned upside down! This presentation is made with kind permission from The Roald Dahl Story Company, Casarotto Ramsay and Netflix. Suitable for children aged 4 and above.

    Book through https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries from Wednesday 29 July 10.30am.

    Join storyteller John Kirk for a very special online retelling of Roald Dahl's "The Twits". Mr and Mrs Twit are disgusting people who enjoy playing horrid tricks on each other but when the Roly Poly Bird visits their garden their whole world is turned upside down! This presentation is made with kind permission from The Roald Dahl Story Company, Casarotto Ramsay and Netflix. Suitable for children aged 4 and above.

    Book through https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries from Wednesday 29 July 10.30am.

  • Friday 14 August 10.30am Pirate adventure with Noodle Performance Arts

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    A 45 minute online interactive and energetic session aimed at 4-11 year olds as part of the Cheshire West & Chester Library Service and Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge!

    Dance, drama games and dressing up as the Silly Squad take to the Seven Seas in search of treasure. Join the Noodle crew and their Pirate Captain as we set sail, learn to be a pirate and make sure you don't end up walking the plank!

    Available to book via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/noodle-cheshire

    A 45 minute online interactive and energetic session aimed at 4-11 year olds as part of the Cheshire West & Chester Library Service and Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge!

    Dance, drama games and dressing up as the Silly Squad take to the Seven Seas in search of treasure. Join the Noodle crew and their Pirate Captain as we set sail, learn to be a pirate and make sure you don't end up walking the plank!

    Available to book via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/noodle-cheshire

  • Wednesday 19 August 10.30am Creative Dance from Cheshire Dance

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    A fun, creative dance class for children aged 4-7 years with Cheshire Dance. Come along to have a ‘Silly Squad’ boogie! No previous dance experience is necessary and this session is suitable for all children aged 4-7 years regardless of ability or disability.

    There is no charge to join in this class but registration is essential. To register please click on the following link and fill in the form: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OfEE4MRJR6u4-DKRF53h1Q . You will then receive an email with details of how to join.

    For help with using Zoom please see: http://www.cheshiredance.org/virtualclasses/zoom.html

    A fun, creative dance class for children aged 4-7 years with Cheshire Dance. Come along to have a ‘Silly Squad’ boogie! No previous dance experience is necessary and this session is suitable for all children aged 4-7 years regardless of ability or disability.

    There is no charge to join in this class but registration is essential. To register please click on the following link and fill in the form: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OfEE4MRJR6u4-DKRF53h1Q . You will then receive an email with details of how to join.

    For help with using Zoom please see: http://www.cheshiredance.org/virtualclasses/zoom.html

  • Friday 21 August 10.30am Showman Adventure with Noodle Performance Arts

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    A 45 minute online interactive and energetic session aimed at 4-11 year olds as part of the Cheshire West & Chester Library Service and Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge!

    Roll up Roll up! Dance, drama games and fun as we join the circus! Help the Silly Squad characters put on the Greatest Show, discover their special skills and discover your own inner showman.

    Available to book via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/noodle-cheshire

    A 45 minute online interactive and energetic session aimed at 4-11 year olds as part of the Cheshire West & Chester Library Service and Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge!

    Roll up Roll up! Dance, drama games and fun as we join the circus! Help the Silly Squad characters put on the Greatest Show, discover their special skills and discover your own inner showman.

    Available to book via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/noodle-cheshire