FAMILIES are invited to attend a unique beach-themed event at Rayleigh Library.
National Beach Day, held on Saturday July 22, will allow children to find out about creatures that live in the sea and handle a fascinating array of shells from Alphabet Cones to Tiger Cowrie, as well as starfish, sea urchins and more.
“National Beach Day is in the summer holidays, so we wanted to give families the chance to explore beautiful items found both on the sand and also in the incredible underwater world around us,” said library staff member, Jane Piper, who has organised the event.
“Everything on display has been loaned to us by local collectors and it’s so vital to encourage everyone to take care of our lovely beaches.”
There is also an ocean-themed trail for children to follow, plus the chance to get creative and make underwater scenes that can be taken home.
Ms Piper added: “We are running two sessions from 10-11.30am and from 1.30-3pm so there is plenty of chance for families to join us.
“No need to book, simply turn up and have fun!”
While visiting the library you can also sign up for the new Summer Reading Challenge, Ready, Set, Read!
This year, the theme is all about sports, games and getting active and once you’ve read any three books of your choice you’ll receive a limited-edition glow-in-the-dark bookmark.
After reading a total of six books you love, you’ll receive a medal and certificate.
It’s free to take part and runs from July 15 to September 2.
You can sign up at any of the 74 Essex libraries or your mobile library.
Picture: Evie, 10, and sister Lily, seven, with friend Isabelle, 11, get crafty with sea shells. Pic by Natasha Higgins.
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