Celebrated children's writer Jeremy Strong visited Wolverhampton Central Library last week as part of the nationwide Summer Reading Challenge for kids.
Author and illustrator Jeremy has published over 70 books, including The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog, Pirate Pandemonium and Living With Vampires.
Annie Owen, Service Delivery Manager for Wolverhampton Libraries, said: "We had a fantastic turnout and the young visitors had a great time listening to Jeremy talking about his books.
"This was one of a number of events which are taking place in our libraries during the Summer Reading Challenge. Children are encouraged to collect rewards, stickers and finally a medal to celebrate their success in reading books over the summer – this year’s theme is Creepy House."
Libraries in the Black Country have secured £10,000 from the National Lottery Arts Council Libraries Fund to stage a series of children’s activities during the summer holiday, enabling authors, storytellers, illustrators and poets to come to venues around the city.
A number of sessions are still to take place. Beano illustrator Laura Howell will be holding three sessions on Tuesday, 6 August, at Ashmore Park Library from 11am, Low Hill Library at 12.30pm and Spring Vale Library at 2.30pm.
Local storyteller Peter Chand will be at Wolverhampton Central Library from 11am on Friday 9 August, and at Whitmore Reans Library from 2pm-3pm the same day. Performing poet Chris White will be entertaining children on Thursday 15 August, with sessions at Wednesfield Library at 11am and Warstones Library from 2.30pm.
Meanwhile there will be Creepy House themed events at Long Knowle and Collingwood libraries on Wednesday 21 August, from 10am-noon and 2-4pm respectively, and Tettenhall and Whitmore Reans libraries on Friday 23 August, from 10am-noon and 2-4pm respectively.
Tickets are free but required for most events; please contact the respective library for details.