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Biblio-Buzz 2020

Time: January 7, 2020 to March 30, 2020
Location: Haringey
Website or Map: https://www.alexandrapalace.c…
Phone: 020 8365 4370
Event Tag: library, ally pally, alexandra palace, learning, books, michael rosen, book awards
Posted By: Alexandra Palace
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This week sees the launch of Biblio-Buzz - a collaboration between Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, Haringey Libraries and the Haringey Schools Librarian Group - which challenges Haringey’s young bookworms, aged from nine to 12, to read six books between now and the end of March.

Launched at Wood Green Library on Saturday, 4 January, Biblio-Buzz also offers workshops, reading groups sessions, prizes and a chance for the young people taking part to meet the authors of the selected texts at regular monthly activities in libraries across the borough.

Biblio-Buzz culminates with a two day festival of reading on the 29th and 30th March at Alexandra Palace. This includes the Children’s Book Awards, hosted by one of the nation’s most loved children’s authors Michael Rosen, where all the participants of the challenge can vote for their favourite of the books. 


This year’s titles are:

  • A Pocketful of Stars – Aisha Bushby
  • The Middler Kirsty Applebaum
  • Anna at War – Helen Peters
  • Can you See Me? – Libby Scott/Rebecca Westcott
  • Check Mates – Stewart Foster
  • Malamander – Thomas Taylor


Nine libraries across the borough and over 30 schools are supporting the initiative, which is now in its seventh year. It was the brain child of a team of Haringey Schools Librarians Group who subsequently joined forces with Alexandra Palace’s Creative Learning team and Haringey Libraries Services to continue to grow the offer, ensuring as many young people as possible have the opportunity to get involved.


The Arts Council are among those supporting the funding and programming of Biblio-Buzz 2020.


Mark Civil, Head of Creative Learning at Alexandra Palace, said: “We’re delighted to launch Biblio-Buzz. The selected books are all fantastic and it’s really exciting to see what young people across the borough will make of them. There’s a lot more going on too, with a range of workshops and events, culminating in our voting and award ceremony in March. It’s really a chance for young people to discover the joy and benefits that literature can provide, something that they can take with them throughout their lives.”


Helen Swinyard, librarian at Greig City Academy, is one of the team responsible for selecting the texts. She says: “Each year we draw on advice from the local book community to help with our selection. We acknowledge the help in previous years of other school and public library staff, publishers, booksellers and our own children and family members to get extra perspective. We’re always open to other experts helping with the process. Trying to choose just six books is always quite hard, because there are many amazing writers bringing out new stories for this age range. We really hope everyone enjoys this year’s selection.”


For full information about Biblio-Buzz visit www.alexandrapalace.com or ask for details at your local library.



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