Knights and Princesses Day

Knights and Princesses fun dayHear ye, hear ye!

The Princess and the PonyThe populace of Central Library Peterborough invite one and all for an afternoon of medieval entertainment, to take place from 1-3pm on Saturday the 25th of March. There will be crown decorating for those of royal blood, and shield making for any knights in need of armour. Catapults will be created and tested! If you are of an active disposition we invite you to attempt the quest, or if of a more mellow nature try out some medieval crafts and board games.

Prizes will be granted for the best costumes so bring your sense of chivalry and your best royal and/or knightly outfit to win! All welcome. This is a free event.

Need help getting into character? Check out my list of favourite books about knights and princesses for kids and teens.

Cover of Sir Gawain the TrueCover of The Princess in BlackCover of Tuesdays at the CastleCover of The Winter Prince

Bibliotherapy

Do you ever wonder why a particular book seems to come along at just the right time?  I remember reading Armistead Maupin’s series Tales of the City at a time in my 20s when I was missing a close group of friends who had all moved away.  The friends in his books became my friends and helped fill a gap. Perhaps I was an early user of bibliotherapy?

Creative bibliotherapy utilizes imaginative literature—novels, short stories, poetry, plays, and biographies—to improve psychological well-being. Through the incorporation of carefully selected literary works, therapists can often guide people in treatment on a journey of self-discovery. This method is most beneficial when people are able to identify with a character, experience an emotional catharsis as a result of this identification, and then gain insight about their own life experiences.

9781922079350An organisation called The School of Life who are “devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture”, have produced a book called The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies.  In it you can find a book cure for every conceivable ailment from dealing with boredom – try Room by Emma Doneghue and you will never complain about boredom again –  or perhaps you have suffered abandonment and Kent Haruf’s Plainsong will show you how to reach out? There are suggestions for being in a bit of a jam – The Life of Pi by Yann Martel will show you that really you have nothing to be worried about.  There are also great book lists – the ten best novels to drown out snoring and the ten best novels for duvet days are my favourites.

If the thought of using books for therapy doesn’t interest you, then perhaps the quirky and interesting book reviews will open up new authors that might have passed you by.

Rick Riordan’s Introduction to Norse Mythology

Rick Riordan, the creator of Percy Jackson, has just released the first book in his new series.  Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard follows Rick’s new character, Magnus Chase, as he tries to prevent the end of the world, Ragnarok. If you love Percy Jackson you’ll love this new series.  You can reserve your copy at the library now.

Cover of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard 1Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he is tracked down by a man he’s never met a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants, and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

If you read Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer and want to find out more about Norse mythology or read more stories featuring the Norse gods we have the perfect book list for you.  We’ve just created an If you like…Norse Mythology for Kids booklist that has some great books that you could try next, including: