7 January 2023

Worms, slime, rockets and virtual tennis highlight Griffith library's summer holiday program

| Oliver Jacques
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Laura Scott was the winner of a Griffith City Library reading challenge in 2022. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Classes in creating a wormery, fluffy slime making, flying paper rockets and virtual tennis highlight the most innovative school holiday program in Griffith City Library’s history.

Librarian Janine Cunial, who’ll be running the workshops alongside tennis ace Sharmanie Delgardo, says January’s program offers something for everyone aged between five and 12.

“Some of them are educational, some of them to stop the kids being bored. But they all foster creativity; the kids will be making things using their own imagination,” Ms Cunial said.

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The workshops will operate alongside a summer reading challenge, a free program that encourages children aged six to 12 to read as much as possible for a chance to win prizes. Every four hours of reading allows the participant another entry to go in the weekly draws.

“We’ve made it a lot more interactive this year. Each week there’s a prize and there’s also some quizzes and challenges – the more you enter, the more chance you have to win a prize. Some of the questions we ask you have to use your own resources,” Ms Cunial said.

Griffith City Library promo poster

A roundup of events for kids to be staged at the Griffith City Library over the school holidays. Photo: Griffith City Library Facebook page.

The following activities will be offered over January:

Mod Podge Pencil Case Workshop

Tuesday 10 January 2023 | 10 am and 2 pm

Children are taught how to design their own pencil case using decorative paper, magazines and mod podge, a water-based glue and sealer. The workshop is suitable for ages eight to 12 years. Children must be supervised.

DIY Bird Feeder Workshop

Wednesday 11 January 2023 | 2 pm

Participants are taught how to design and decorate their own ceramic bird feeder, using markers and then applying a coat of mod podge for extra shine and protection. At the end of the workshop, they’ll be able to take home the feeder and fill it with bird seed and hang it in their garden. Suitable for ages 8 to 12 years. Children must be supervised.

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Virtual Reality Tennis

16 – 27 January 2023 | 10 am and 2 pm

“The plan is to have fake grass set up with goggles on – they hold a little handpiece like they’re playing tennis,” Ms Cunial said.

“It is set up in the library. Anyone can come in, have a hit, you don’t have to book.”

Slime Workshop

Tuesday 17 January 2023 | 10 am and 2 pm

Participants get to make their own stretchy, fluffy, funky slime and take it home later.

“It’s not your normal slime. This is a fluffy slime. We apply everything, it’s just a fun thing to do. A lot of mums and dads don’t like kids making slime at their home, so we provide another space for them to do it,” Ms Cunial said.

It’s suitable for ages five to eight years. Children must be supervised.

Make Your Own Wormery

Tuesday 24 January 2023 | 11 am and 2 pm

Participants are taught to make their own wormery, a box system that contains composting worms that eat kitchen waste. The children are given recycled plastic bottles and put it all together and put the layers together and add the worms.

Suitable for ages eight to 12 years. Children must be supervised.

Flying Paper Rocket Workshop

Wednesday 25 January 2023 | 11 am and 2 pm

Children get to colour in and create their very own flying paper rocket. There will be a competition to see whose can fly the furthest.

Suitable for ages five to eight years. Children must be supervised.

For more information and to book into the above event, visit the Griffith City Library What’s On page.

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