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    Download free e-Books

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    Do you have a Waltham Forest library card? Do you have a PC, Mac or tablet device? Then the library service has a great facility for you.

    With you library card you can download free eBooks at any time from the London Libraries Consortium web pages. Simply create an eLibrary account on the web site, using your Waltham Forest library card details.

     

    There’s also a Guided Tour about downloading digital media.

    Simply install a small piece of free software to your device, when you log in, and you are ‘good to read’.

    Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

    History, drama, teenage fiction, current events, short stories and much more. An electronic library the whole family can enjoy and read together on your own device.

    What’s on at the library?

    lbwfLibraryEventsSpring2013PicThe borough have just published the first in a new series of quarterly guides for events at local libraries.

    The current guide, for January to March 2013, gives you information about books, events, courses and web sites that are useful for children, mums and dads too.

    Whether you want a course to help you get on top of your finances, a book launch event about Serbian Fairy Tales or a cartoon Comic Lab – then the new guide is for you.

    Get the most from your library for the whole family by viewing, printing or downloading your own guide here…

    A Primary place?

    pencilsforschoolPic4The deadline for applications for applying for a primary school place is getting nearer – online and paper applications should be submitted by 15th January 2013.

    Waltham Forest has a very comprehensive web page, which gives you information about applying for a primary school place. You can find it here on the borough web site.

    The easiest and most secure way to apply is online. There is a link to the online applications website here. Alternatively, a paper application form can be downloaded here (pdf) , requested from the School Admissions Service or from your child’s nursery or early years setting.

    The School Admissions Service in the borough can be contacted here…

    School Admissions Service, Sycamore House, Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4JF Tel: 0845 200 1551
    10am – 4pm, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
    primary.admissions@walthamforest.gov.uk

    Reading this Autumn

    autumnLeafPic89Did you know that children can borrow up to 15 books and 6 junior CD’s for free from the Borough Library Service?

    Your local library offers not ony access to books, but also to computer learning facilties, story-telling and craft activities, as well as home work clubs and holiday activities.

    For younger children, your local library is a great place to check out the Bookstart programme – designed to offer every child a pack of free books and fun materials about reading.

    If you haven’t yet, take a leaf out of our book – get down to your local library this Autumn and join in the fun.

    You can find more information about children’s book services in the borough here.

    Advice about how to join your library can be found here, including how to join on-line too. Happy reading…

     

    Make Your Mark on History

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    This is a competition, with the support of Waltham Forest Library Service, for artists, writers, poets and photographers – of any age – to submit a piece of original creative work during Black History Month.

     

     

    As part of Black History Month we are looking for Waltham Forest residents young and old to submit their own original artwork, photos and poetry on the theme of ‘Recognising the Past, Shaping the Future: What Black History Month Means to Me’. Winning entries will be selected from a variety of age groups and reproduction of this work will feature on bookmarks and/or postcards available to the public within Waltham Forest Libraries.

    You can find all the details for this competition here on the Waltham Forest web pages…

    Get creative for posterity!

    World Book Day 2013?

    worldBookDay2013PicWorld Book Day next year will be on March 7th, 2013.

    Now is the time for nurseries and primary schools to register their interest in taking part in this great literacy event for children. Eight more great books will be available for only £1 each.

    The World Book Day web site has some great resources available for children, schools and parents and carers. You can download resources now from this World Book Day web page here.

    Once registered more materials are available to support learning – look out for the ‘sign-up’ link on the resources page – use them in the classroom, at home, or in your library.

    You can see the books selected for next year’s event here…and there will be some great events and activities taking place too!

    William Morris Gallery – newly refreshed!

    williamMorrisDesignPic4The William Morris Gallery in Waltham Forest has a new web site. You can see it here. Exhibitions and hands-on family activities.

    The William Morris Gallery – in Walthamstow, London, the place of Morris’ birth – has been transformed to create a new world-class destination and international centre of excellence for the study of Morris, where visitors can enjoy the most intense and personal encounter with one of the foremost creative artists and original thinkers of the nineteenth century.

    The new Waltham Forest web site for the gallery is a triumph. With information, images and some great links to a William Morris Twitter feed and a gallery Facebook page too.

    Located near Lloyd Park in Forest Road, the gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday and admission is free. (The major building refurbishment was funded by the Borough and the Heritage Lottery Fund).

    Whether you are interested in art and design, in exploring the history of the Borough through Morris’s work or just to visit and have a cup of tea in the refreshed cafe, then the gallery website is a great learning place to start with.

    You can find more information about William Morris and his impact on art and culture here, courtesy of Wikipedia…

    Summer Reading Challenge launches today!

    summerreadingchallenge2012ButtonThe 1st July marks the start of Waltham Forest Summer Reading Challenge 2012.

    Every library in the borough is taking part in the reading programme and will be supporting the Challenge with a diverse range of activities in each library. You can read more in the current Summer Daze. See below.

    The challenge for children is simple: read 6 books over the summer holidays and we’ll give you a poster, stickers and prizes along the way as you complete each stage. PLUS, complete six books and you’ll receive a certificate and a medal!

    So lets get reading this summer, as well as enjoying our visit to the library with puppet shows, arts and craft events, story times and more…

    Can you read six books this summer?

    World Book Day: 1st March 2012

    World Book Day is nearly upon us for 2012. You can find some great resources on the The World Book Day web site for children of all ages.

    This year you will soon be able to download a free World Book Day ‘app’ from the appStore – with exclusive short stories from Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and a whole load of other authors too.

    There are all the usual resources for children, schools and libraries from the World Book Day website – with activity sheets, lesson plans and news about the latest books – for Nursery and Pre-school, Primary and Secondary school children too.

    This year you can watch some great trailers and and see authors talking about their books too.

    You can also enter a Design a Bookmark competition, with prizes for children up to 8 years, 9-12 years and 13-16 year olds.

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    Don’t forget you can use your World Book Day voucher to get some great books for just a Pound from a participating bookshop.

    Get celebrating the book together – the World Book Day website is a great place to start!

    Professional curtains?

    sewingButtonPicWe have a new professional curtainmaking course starting on Monday 10th October 2011.

    This is a Level One award course, for ten weeks from 9.30 am to 3.00pm every Monday.

    For more information and to enrol come into Chingford Hall Children’s Centre on Thursday 6th October between 1.00pm and 4.00pm.

    Do bring along a proof of address and evidence of any benefits you are claiming.

    Course fees:
    Full cost: £188.00 | Free to those on JSA! | £1.00 per hour if you are on
    income support!

    See our Centre newsletter  for all our other news too!