Your guide to what’s on in Suffolk libraries this Easter break

Bradley Dixon, nine, makes Easter crafts at Stoke Library in Ipswich.

Bradley Dixon, nine, makes Easter crafts at Stoke Library in Ipswich. - Credit: Su Anderson

Families can enjoy a host of Easter activities at libraries across Suffolk over the bank holiday.

- Gainsborough Library is holding a special Easter event on Thursday, March 24 from 3.30pm to 6pm. It’s free entry and includes Easter crafts, an egg hunt and a raffle.

- Gainsborough Library is also holding two forensic science sessions with Kinetic Adventure Centre on Tuesday, April 5 from 1.30pm to 3pm and 3.15pm to 4.45pm. It’s £2 per child and £5 for a family of 3+ children

- Chantry Library is having an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26 from 10am to noon.

- Chantry Library is also holding rocket-making workshops with Kinetic Adventure Centre on Tuesday 5 April from 10am to noon. To celebrate Chantry Library’s successful application to join in the RHS Rocket Science experiment the library is hosting this fun science workshop for children. Children will get the chance to make air-pump rockets and, weather permitting, taking them to Stonelodge Park to launch them. Please book your place - it’s £2 per child or £5 for a family of 3+ children. The RHS Rocket Science experiment will involve rocket seeds which are currently on the International Space Station being given to the library to grow.

- Haverhill Library is holding a bedtime story session for children on Tuesday, March 29 from 6pm to 6.30pm. It’s a free session for children to enjoy some favourite bedtime picture books with milk and cookies. Children are welcome to come along in pyjamas and with their favourite cuddly toy.

- Woodbridge Library is holding two forensic science workshops for children on Thursday, March 31 from 10.30am to noon and 1pm to 2.30pm. Kinetic Adventure Centre is running the workshops which give children the chance to dress up as a forensic scientist and have a go at solving a crime with a set of clues. £3 per child, for children aged 5 and over.

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· Hadleigh Library is hosting two workshops with Kinetic Adventure Centre creating mini science experiments for children on Friday, April 1. The sessions run from 10.30am to noon and from 1pm to 2.30pm

· Bury St Edmunds Library is holding a special Easter holiday activity where children can make their own robot clock. The activity is being held on Saturday, April 2 and Saturday, April 9 from 10am to 11.30am. It’s £3 to take part and please book your place as places will be limited.

· Beccles Library is hosting a storytelling session on Tuesday, April 5 at 2pm where local author Alan Popham’s book ‘Hercules the Tap Dancing Octopus’ will be read by his daughter with live drawing by local cartoonist, Marko. All children are welcome, it’s free to attend and there’s no need to book.

· Beccles Library is also hosting a session with author Shemily McBur, who will be introducing her Prehistoric Colouring Book on Friday, April 8 at 2pm. The book has been created by mother and daughter team, Sheena and Emily (Shemily). They have drawn inspiration from a passion for palaeontology, and combined with artistic skills have created some beautiful illustrations. Shemily will be doing a book signing as well bringing some fossils and rocks to show and talk about. There will also be a quiz with prizes and colouring activities. The first 10 people to buy a book will also get a free fossil. This is a free event for children with all ages with no booking required, available for children of all ages.

· Wickham Market Library is again running its Easter Eggstream Reading Challenge which is open to any children aged under 12. Children have to collect a reading record card from the library and the aim is to read four books during the Easter period. Once they have completed all four books they are entered into a prize draw. There are lots of prizes and everyone turning up to the presentation on Sunday, April 10 at 3pm will get given a small Lindt chocolate egg. Reading record cards are available now.

· Southwold Library is holding a competition to win a chocolate egg by designing and colouring your own Easter egg. It’s open to all children aged 0-16 and closes on Monday, April 11. Entries forms are available from the library.

· Ixworth Library has an Easter quiz trail. This activity is available during library opening hours until Saturday, April 2. The Friends of Ixworth are sponsoring a quiz for children discovering the enduring history of Ixworth. Quiz forms are available now and cost £1. All completed forms will receive an ‘I Love Ixworth Library’ sticker and will be entered into a Prize Draw to win one of three Easter Egg Prizes.

Suffolk Libraries is also reminding customers that all libraries will be closed on the Easter Bank Holidays March 25, March 27 and March 28, but open as normal on March 26. All loan return dates due on Bank Holidays will be adjusted automatically and customers can still renew loans online.

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