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Leeds Libraries From Home #6

Welcome to issue 6 of the Leeds Libraries & School Library Service weekly newsletter where we share our favourite digital resources to support school and home learning as well as our top picks of the week from all the brilliant online content being shared for children and young people.

Leeds Libraries and Schools Library Service have a dedicated resource page where you can find lots of information and activities to support schools and home learning.


Leeds Libraries Digital Resources - supporting school and home learning 

Reading for Pleasure

National Share a Story Month (May 2020) - Follow Leeds Libraries on our Facebook and/or Twitter where we are sharing a daily storytime from our favourite guest authors every morning (Mon - Fri) at 9.45am. Also remember to put away digital devices too, there is no better way to spend time with your children than snuggled up reading together. It helps to develop their language and reading skills as well as their ability to imagine and visualise.

Borrowbox - Browse our junior and teen eBooks and eAudio books, which includes a selection of titles that can be downloaded by multiple people at the same. We are constantly adding new titles. We also have over 19,000 comics and graphic novels, suitable for all ages, available for you to borrow.

This week’s title highlight: The Sheep Pig – Dick King-Smith (eAudio)


Join the Library - If you are having issues with joining please contact libraryenquiries@leeds.go.uk or 0113 378 5005

Leeds Virtual Library - Where you can access the full range of our library services from home as well as information and links to some of the best online resources available.


Study Support 

Cracking Ideas - A great resource for teachers, parents, students and young inventors. Its aim is to get children and young people engaged with innovation and design, whilst introducing the topic of intellectual property and how to protect inventions, designs and creative work, to ensure creators get the credit they deserve. Inventors can protect their inventions from copycats by registering them as patents. These patents are published on databases, such as https://worldwide.espacenet.com our Business and Intellectual Property library have shared links to some of their favourite and funniest patents: Fire escape (1879), Flying machine (1889), Disney protected their Magnetic Spherical Balancing Robot with a patent in 2011, and used the technology for a character that first featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Can you guess which character? For more information about patents, or any aspect of intellectual property, contact our specialist librarians: bipcleeds@leeds.gov.uk, they’d love to hear from you.

Curated Activity

Check out our Facebook and/or Twitter for all the details of our new online family Lego and Code Clubs with lots of new and exciting challenges to enjoy in school and at home. These clubs will also have virtual events where we can all get together to share the wonderful things you have created.

This week's Lego @LeedsLibraries challenge: This month's Lego club is themed on Dick King-Smith's story The Sheep-Pig! For this week's challenge can you build a pig or other farm animal using exactly 31 bricks? Download The Sheep Pig and listen to the first chapter to see if you can figure out the reason behind the number of bricks in this build. Share your creation with us on facebook and twitter. We'd love to see them! 

Latest Code Club Challenge: We are excited to be taking part in Moonhack 2020 as part of our next online Code Club at Leeds Libraries. You have two weeks to get coding the Moonhack projects where you'll learn about sustainability (both in space and on Earth!) through a choice of programming languages. Moonhack is designed for anyone who is curious to give coding a try. We also want to inspire those familiar with coding to create and share their best work! We’ll see you and your Moonhack creations on May 26th, we can’t wait to see what you create!

Top Picks of the Week

Under 5's – Little Angel Theatre perform the wonderful I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen


Children (5-7) – Stories told by heart - Storytelling for young children, told the old -fashioned way - by heart, with heart. Funny, sad, scary stories and everything in between. Storytellers from far and wide who have been telling stories for many years, draw upon the tradition of oral storytelling that has been with us since we first sat around fires and tried to make sense of the world. Gather close. Hold each other tight. And step into the world of story where anything and everything can happen.


Children (7-11) – Radio Blogging is an innovative project combining education radio and blogging to enhance and support continuous learning provision. The daily shows are live, fun and interactive.


Young People – A free series of creative writing classes aimed at children and teenagers, hosted by Poet Rachel Plummer  

Understanding COVID-19 - The Children's Guide to Coronavirus, written by the Children's Commissioner, aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

11 May 2020

Rachel Ingle-Teare
Leeds Libraries
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