Over twenty youngsters enjoyed the thrill of a Tales and Teapots party in Abergavenny Library on Wednesday 24th August in the company of staff from Boots Opticians.  Based in the town’s Frogmore Street store, optical staff Zara Ahmed and Helen Wilkins read entertaining stories and focused on the importance of eye health with a light-hearted question and answer session.  Everyone returned home happy with a goody bag containing crayons, a zookeeper activity pack, vouchers, a thank you leaflet, balloon and colouring sheets.

Tales and Teapots gatherings are promoted by the National Literacy Trust.  Supported by Boots Opticians, its aim is to raise UK literacy levels.

Joshua Meats of Abergavenny brought along his six year old daughter Robyn and nephew Elijah.  Elijah who enjoyed the party loves reading and is currently working his way through the Harry Potter series.  The seven year old Cantref Primary pupil is very keen on his visits to the library and when he’s not buried in a good book his favourite activity is drawing.  Meanwhile, Robyn displayed her delight in reading as she has enrolled for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The theme – the Big Friendly Read – celebrates the world’s favourite storyteller Roald Dahl, born in Cardiff one hundred years ago.  The challenge continues in all the county’s community hubs until Saturday 17th September, allowing children plenty of time to enjoy a summer of reading.  In Abergavenny alone, 321 children have taken up the challenge and 87 have already completed it.

Monmouthshire’s community hubs have lined up further events and activities for youngsters as the summer comes to an end.  The Monmouth and Chepstow hubs as well as Abergavenny Library are participating in The Search for the Giant Peach competition from 1st to 30th September.  Open to all existing or new members aged 12 and under, entrants must inform staff of the whereabouts of the giant peach within each hub.  Winners will receive a selection of prizes including a full set of Roald Dahl’s works.

Monmouth’s community hub will celebrate Roald Dahl Day from 4 to 6pm on Tuesday 13th September with a craft session inspired by the author to include word searches, quiz and songs.  Meanwhile, Chepstow’s hub will hold a Roald Dahl-inspired story time on Friday 16th September to mark his 100th birthday.

On Saturday 3rd September from 10.30am Abergavenny Library will welcome back interactive story teller Louby Lou who will explore magical worlds within a mythical beast-themed one hour long session.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  To book a space telephone 01873 735980.

Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for community hubs said: “Children’s events at our community hubs offer a great deal of fun but they also encourage us to pick up a good book from an early age.  Reading is a thoroughly pleasurable lifelong activity and provides people with a source of information, inspiration, enjoyment and satisfaction.”

For more information on events and activities provided by Monmouthshire’s community hubs contact:  communityhub@monmouthshire.gov.uk