Library Craft Group A Big Hit With Youngsters


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By Oliver Wu

A new after school craft group at Filwood Library is proving so popular with Knowle West youngsters – the class is full every week.

Running on Monday afternoons, the group helps children aged between eight and 12 develop their skills in arts and crafts. Pupils have been able to try their hand at a range of activities from pasta pictures to decorated books for story writing.

Marilyn Calder, grandmother of Phoebe and Archie who take part every week says: “They love it. They have made new friends here and it gives them something to do, otherwise they would just get bored or sit in front of TV at home.

“We need more things in this area for children to do after school, because there is absolutely nothing.”

Library Assistant Jane Silman who runs the group with colleague Sarah Miles said: “There’s a real need in this area and we could run it every day if we had the staffing and resources…We used to have 23 children a week but now we have had to limit it to 12 because of health and safety…”

The Craft session runs on Mondays during term-time from 3.30pm at Filwood Library. For more information call 0117 9038581.