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Scottish Public Libraries host #StreamMyStory author events

17 June 2021 Share

New series of children’s digital events for the end of term and summer holidays

Local Public Libraries across Scotland have launched #StreamMyStory, a new series of children’s digital events for the end of term and summer holidays that brings together authors, illustrators, storytellers and libraries from across all 32 local authorities.   

In response to the challenges Covid-19 poses to services, an initial programme of 16 events for all ages and stages from early years up to S3 is delivered thanks to funding by Creative Scotland and produced by Scotland’s public library services. 

During the lockdowns of the Covid-19 pandemic, when young readers have been denied the vibrant, inspiring mix of author visits, activities and sessions that local libraries usually offer, Scottish public librarians have worked together (virtually, of course!) to devise the best way of delivering entertaining, intuitive content for children online during such a difficult time for library services, schools, children and parents alike. 

The result, now launched as #StreamMyStory, is an online hub where teachers, parents and carers will find quality videos from much-loved authors from Scotland and beyond to help encourage young readers in their passion for books. 

Authors included in the diverse line-up of events include: poet and children’s author Joseph Coelho sharing a reading for early primary-aged children from his much-loved Luna Loves series, Tom Morgan Jones and Mairi Kidd inspiring older primary school children in their lofty ambitions to become Great Scots as they present -- using draw-alongs, science experiments, discussion and much silliness and fun -- Strong Brave True: Great Scots who Changed the World; for secondary-aged children, Phil Earle and Michael Wagg discussing the inspiration for their powerful story of an unbreakable friendship in Edgar and Adolf; writer and illustrator Debi Gliori in an important and timely discussion for teenagers about depression, through the metaphor of her dragons, in the powerful visual account, Night Shift; and an exclusive interview with Anthony McGowan and Patrice Lawrence about their books Rat and I Am the Minotaur in which they discuss why they are drawn to writing about teens, what it is about ‘outsider’ characters that attracts them, and what they hope young readers take from their books; as well as talks and readings by library favourites Vivian French, Alan Windram, Peter Brown and Pamela Butchart

Bestselling children’s author, Debi Gliori said: 

“#StreamMyStory is a brilliant way to connect writers and illustrators with readers. #StreamMyStory is all about stories, on tap, when you want them, read for you by the people who wrote them. Here’s to a great summer of readings and stories. Enjoy!” 

Introduced by Cressida Cowell, UK Children’s Laureate, #StreamMyStory is available now, free to view on the dedicated YouTube Channel here, until the end of August. 

A celebration of the pleasure of reading and the power of imagination, #StreamMyStory runs alongside this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Wild World Heroes, which is delivered in partnership with The Reading Agency. Schools and nurseries are invited to log on during the final few weeks of term, and libraries will be promoting the author events through the #StreamMyStory social channels and via their own library channels.

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