Spooky Fun At St John’s Library

LITtleFest Halloween at St John's Library
LITtleFest Halloween at St John’s Library

Spooky fun at St John’s Library

There will be magic and mayhem at St John’s Library at a special Halloween event this month.

The spooky event on Friday 31st October takes place between 1pm and 4.30pm, and there will be lots of fun activities for children of all ages to get involved with.

Animal Mania will be returning to the library with their wonderful selection of animals. Children will have the opportunity to handle some of the animals, and learn some amazing facts about them.

Andy’s Magic will also be joining us with two magic shows, commencing at 2pm and 3.15pm. The magic shows are great fun, and encompass audience participation in doing magic tricks and making balloon animals. There will also be an opportunity to purchase some of the incredible balloon animals.

There will also be lots of other Halloween related activities including pumpkin carving, a tombola, and a fancy dress competition with prizes. There will be magical spooky stories including ‘The Vegetarian Vampire’ with author Helen Cooper, and spooky related food and drink will be available to purchase.

The event is aimed at children aged up to 12 year old and is free of charge, although entrance to the magic shows is by ticket only. Magic show tickets are free and available from St John’s Library, but are subject to either joining the library service or borrowing two items from St John’s Library between the 15th and 30th October 2014. Places for the magic shows are limited and tickets will be allocated on a first come basis.

We’re really looking forward to celebrating Halloween with our visitors. Whether you’re a regular library user or this is the first time through our doors, why not come along for some scary fun?”

For more information, please phone St John’s Library via the Worcestershire Hub on 01905 822722, or contact the Worcestershire Literary Festival team on 07833 391347, email secretary@worcslitfest.co.uk

A LITtleFest event – Magic at St John’s Library

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A LITtleFest event – Magic at St John’s Library, WR2 5AX

Wednesday 19 February 2014 – 2.00pm-4.30pm

This event will be great fun for children and for the young at heart. Brought to you by the organisers of Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe, this wonderful Magic event will include: story-telling from our LITtleFest story-tellers, refreshments, tombola, and amazing magical entertainment and balloon modelling from Andy’s Magic.

***Prior booking is essential – book your places at one of the two magic shows with the library. Ask St John’s library staff for details or call 01905 822722***

Admission: Free – donations will be gladly accepted. All donations will go towards the running of the Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe Festival etc.

Please Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult where / if appropriate / necessary.

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Halloween with LITtle Fest

LITtleFest Halloween Photos by Andy Kirk of Andy's Magic
LITtleFest Halloween Photos by Andy Kirk of Andy’s Magic

What a brilliant time was had at the LITtleFest Halloween event at St John’s Library. The pictures give you some idea, but you had to be there to experience the thrill of circa 400 people coming into the building to enjoy Andy’s Magic, Animal Mania, pumpkin carving, story telling and much much more, including carrot carving [into a recorder! Yes, a carrot became a playable recorder!]

Here’s what Andy Kirk of Andy’s Magic said about the event on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/worcslitfest]:

‘What a day it was at the 1st ever LITtle Fest Event – Halloween at St John’s Library.

It was great to meet the staff and all those that turned up. Around 400 people passed through those doors in little over 2 hours – truly amazing.

In the photo above we see Andy’s Magic (that’s me, folks) busily making balloon sculptures; this was after a short 15 minute magic show that the children thoroughly enjoyed. Animal Mania were on hand with a wonderful array of strange and exotic creatures. And, Worcester’s newly appointed Poet Laureate, Tim Cranmore, carved a carrot into a recorder and then played us some lovely tunes on it.

There was also pumpkin carving, refreshments, a tombola, story-telling and more.

I know lots of folks took photos of the event, let’s hope they appear on here at some point.’

For those of you who enjoyed Andy’s Magic yesterday, here’s a link to his email address: Andy’s Magic

Great news, Andy! Hannah aka Minkie Captures has sent us these great photos:

Angela Lloyd-James will be sending photo’s for us to show on this page soon, too.

And here’s what Worcs LitFest & Fringe director, Martin Driscoll said:

‘We had to move Animal Mania into the largest available room due to popular demand. The pumpkin carving had to be extended again by a late run to the Co-op for more…

Everyone at LitFest is giving a massive shout out to our stalwart friends and supporters so big up’s for: Tana Durham, Alan Durham, Polly Robinson, Mark Robbins, Jennifer Bogan, Suz Winspear [the daylight gothess], Karen Spicer [nee Karen King], ‘Lady Di’ [Polly’s friend], Andy Kirk [the amazing balloon animal wrangler!] and a frankly amazing unplanned performance from the Poet Laureate Tim Cranmore who stunned the children by turning carrots into recorders AND then got great music out of them …  lovely to see so many of our friends, poets, storytellers along with their children also, we made a lot of new friends and huge thanks go out to Paul Etheridge the library manager and his great team and to our sponsors who help us fund these charity projects that mean so much to us all.’