Tameside’s favourite story maker to present online

SIMON the Storyteller is back to keep Tameside’s magical Story Maker sessions going by presenting them online.
The fun and interactive sessions, designed for children aged 0-4, have been hugely popular with free weekly events previously held across the borough’s libraries.
To help keep little ones entertained and educated, ‘Story Makers and Friends’ videos have been created instead, featuring Simon the Storyteller.
The first one, using a Story Makers book, goes live today (April 8) at 2pm on the Tameside Libraries Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/TamesideLibraries.
It will also be available on Tameside Council’s YouTube page: www.youtube.com/user/TamesideMBC
Tameside Council has also secured copyright permission to feature popular books with the second video next Wednesday to include Eric Carle’s ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. A different video will be released every Wednesday.
The videos are just part of a host of activities that Tameside Council’s Culture and Libraries teams have created to help people through the Coronavirus restrictions.
A webpage has been created at www.tameside.gov.uk/culturecrafts to share activities such as making a spinning toy, Easter Bunny hats and fossils. The website www.facebook.com/TamesideLibraries is also being constantly updated with new activities and resources, such as making a rainbow cloud mobile, as is the twitter account @tmbc_culture. Resources can also be found at www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries
There are also lots of things to do for adults, including a Thursday Book Chat at 2pm. The first tomorrow (April 9) will discuss the first seven chapters of Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ with special guests from the world of Crime Fiction. The book can be accessed free here: www.gutenberg.org/files/863/863-h/863-h.htm
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said: “I’m delighted that the popular Story Maker sessions are able to continue online and I’m sure the videos will be just as magical as the events that have been so well received.
“This is just another example of how our staff are working differently to deliver services and there are now a whole host of cultural activities to keep people in Tameside busy and entertained during the Coronavirus restrictions.”
The Story Maker sessions are funded by Tameside Council’s Community Safety Project with families attending events having the opportunity to create and receive a children’s picture book.

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