PICTURE SLIDESHOW: Rhyme Time celebrates Burns Night

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Morley Library’s weekly ‘Rhyme Time’ group for under fives celebrated Burns Night on Friday with a selection of traditional Scottish poems and activities.

The group always aims to teach children about different holidays, from Christmas to Halloween, and this Friday it will be Chinese New Year.

Sian Hughes, one of the five organisers for Rhyme time activites at Morley, Tingley, Gildersome and Ardsley libraries, said: “The group is always at its busiest during term time, so we always try to prepare special events for these weeks, whether it be dressing up for Halloween or arranging for dragons for Chinese New Year, we always try to plan far in advance.

“Sometimes the library management will arrange costumes for the staff depending on how big a celebration is coming up - on Halloween we were given costumes and told to promote the event outside Morley market!”

Sian has been involved in arranging the rhyme time events for the past year, and finds her job has its fair share of odd moments.

“Usually parents will tell us what stories the kids like, and most of the time we choose ones that they like as well.

The only time it went wrong was when I chose to read a Rastamouse book, which I didn’t realise I had to read in a Jamaican accent, something I thought I’d never live down!”

The group will also have special events taking place during this year’s Morley Literature Festival, although specific details are yet to be confirmed - last year’s activites included robot making.

The rhyme time group runs every Friday afternoon at Morley Library from 11am and is free for parents and under fives.




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