Surrey Library Service ran their first Children’s Book Festival for four weeks during March 2010.
The boroughs of Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne hosted a variety of exciting events and activities. It was launched by author Justin Somper in celebration of World Book Day. Over 60 events took place, including author, illustrator and poetry talks & workshops, storytellers, creative arts workshops, puppetry, films, computer gaming, cookery, African drumming and conjuring. More than 1,800 children and adults attended the events.
“The Festival shows that libraries play such an important role, not only in a child’s education but also to bring people together to enjoy literature and community events. As a teacher of English literature, I know that a love of reading is one of the most important and lasting gifts we can give our children. The Book Festival will help encourage children to grasp this gift with both hands.” Marion Wynne-Davies, Head of English, University of Surrey (Sponsors of Surrey Libraries Children’s Book Festival 2010)