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Giant spotted in Tewkesbury!


A giant has been spotted at Tewkesbury Library, and is thought to be highly friendly and should be visited at all costs, especially if you enjoy painting.

Thanks to the generosity of local stores, The Handyman Centre and Haywards, children from Tewkesbury have had the chance to build a large scale model of the BFG as part of this year's Summer Reading Challenge and are invited to come along and help paint the model this Thursday morning from 11am - 1.30pm.

Paint, brushes and old shirts will be provided for any children or young people wanting to join in with painting the BFG, but it is recommended that old clothes are worn as well.

Local stores have donated items such as chicken wire, wall paper paste and paint for the project. Staff and volunteers at the library have helped children sculpt the frame and add papier mache to bring the BFG to life in the library. The work on the sculpture will continue through the summer holidays.

Every year, children from primary schools across the country are challenged to read six books over their school summer holiday, which helps to maintain reading levels over the summer break.

There is always a theme and libraries also provide activities and events based on this theme to encourage the children to keep returning to complete the challenge.

This year's theme is Roald Dahl and all the phizz-whizzing activities and events are based on his books.

Tewkesbury Library also has a photo opportunity for children to pose as Mr Twit. Other activities so far have included making mini tortoises and dream jars.

Alongside craft activities, Tewkesbury Library were also sponsored by local company Oberthur Technologies to be able to provide two fantastic free events to local children; a display of scientific experiments to make George's Marvellous Medicine and a minibeasts/small creature handling experience to link in to the story of James and the Giant Peach.

Cllr Mike Sztymiak, county councillor for Tewkesbury, said: "I am really pleased that the wider Tewkesbury community has come together to offer support for children to enjoy themselves with activities over the summer and I would like to thank these companies for their generosity."

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for libraries, said: "Tewkesbury Library, like all our libraries, has some truly brilliant activities going on this summer and our brilliant staff are making the events fun and exciting for our younger readers, and potential readers.

"I encourage all families to take part and enjoy the events taking place across the county to help us make this the best summer reading challenge yet!"

For more information regarding events taking place at libraries across the county, please visit

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