Mary Poppins, a hungry caterpillar and a wizard walk into Barry Library . . .

A host of enthusiastic young readers descended on Barry recently, as the library’s World Book Day event welcomed a number of interesting characters to King Square.


  • Monday, 11 March 2019

    Vale of Glamorgan

Lacey, Mary PoppinsResidents were invited to attend the fancy dress competition and take part in a whole range of children’s literature-inspired activities.

The young readers were asked to get creative and design their own book covers, using their favourite books for inspiration. 

There then followed a library treasure hunt quiz, as the young book worms embarked on a frantic search for book-themed answers hidden amongst the book cases.

Cllr. Bob Penrose, Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture for the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “We have fabulous facilities at Barry Library and it was fantastic to see and hear about their recent World Book Day event.

“Staff at the library work very hard to engage our young residents, and inspire more young people to read, so it was encouraging to see so many children take part in the event.”

Towards the end of the evening, staff at the library awarded prizes to those who won the “Best-dressed” and “Design a Book Cover” competitions.

Sebastian with winning book designJoshua was named best-dressed in attendance for his Hungry Caterpillar costume, whilst Lacey finished runner-up as Mary Poppins.

Noah came first in the 3-6 year old Design a Book Cover competition, and Sebastian won the 7+years category. 


The library is now preparing for a string of events throughout spring, including a range of Easter-themed craft events.

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