Teddy Bear Takeover!

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on December 14, 2015 in Libraries

To celebrate National Children’s Book Festival, Balbriggan library recently held another successful Teddy Sleepover. As the children arrived we asked them to fill in the Teddy Info Sheets so we could find out all about their teddies – their names, favourite foods & favourite books.  While most teddies seem to love pizza and chicken nuggets […]

To celebrate National Children’s Book Festival, Balbriggan library recently held another successful Teddy Sleepover.

As the children arrived we asked them to fill in the Teddy Info Sheets so we could find out all about their teddies – their names, favourite foods & favourite books. While most teddies seem to love pizza and chicken nuggets we also had teddies with more discerning tastes including chorizio and risotto!!

We chatted about the library and our favourite books – unsurprisingly, Roald Dahl was chosen as the teddies favourite author. The children compiled their own list of rules for the teddies staying in the library overnight. They decided there would be no climbing, no eating, no drinking, no running about, no waking other teddies, no snoring and no bottom burps!!

Then it was time to tuck all the Teddies into bed and read them some bear stories including our favourite: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

All the children tip toed out and lights out!

But would our group of Teddies stick to the children’s rules and sleep all night???

We had our James Bond-like motion sensors and night vision cameras set up throughout the library so if there was any movement the cameras would catch it. When we arrived next morning we found a very tidy library and a room full of angelic sleeping teddies…………..but when we checked the cameras we discovered a night of mayhem had occured!!

Midnight feasts, Spooky dress-up, scary stories – the teddies had a ball! This year, they were very clever and tidied up before dawn thinking we’d never find out what happened – but you can’t outsmart a librarian!!

Balbriggan Library