Win £100, children’s toys and discover a host of lockdown activities at Budleigh Salterton virtual library

Budleigh Salterton Library is giving away £100 to the winner of a short story writing competition as the service offers a virtual branch during lockdown.

A competition for children has also been announced, where youngsters aged from three to 12 years old are invited to draw a picture, or write a story or poem, about an animal to win handmade toy book mice.


Some of the handmade book mice that can be won.

A top prize of £100 can be won by writing the middle of a short story created by crime fiction writer, Graham Hurley, who lives in Exmouth. There is a runner-up prize of £50.

Although closed because of the COVID-19 crisis, Budleigh library has activities such as Lego, crafts and online groups through its Facebook page.

And you can still sign up to join the library while it is closed, giving lenders access to free e-books, audiobooks and magazines, as well as the Ancestry Library Edition and – the leading video stream for classical music, opera and ballet. Sign up here.

Jane Cordy, Budleigh Salterton library supervisor, said the service was continuing to keep in touch with readers through social media.

She said: “Take a look at the Budleigh Salterton Library Facebook page where we have Lego, Crafts and the Poets on the Settee online groups, including a great Lego video animation in praise of the NHS made by a member of our staff and her enthusiastic family.

“We have two competitions as well. One is a short story writing competition – with a storyline created by popular local author, Graham Hurley.

“Graham is the patron of the Friends of Budleigh Library and has very kindly written the beginning and the end of a story and all we need any keen, budding writers to do, is fill in the bit in the middle in 2000 words or less. There is a first prize of £100 and the runner-up will receive £50.

“We also have five cute library mice to give away to five children in our other competition.

“These rather adorable mice have been made by Marion, who runs our monthly Budleigh Wool Pack knitting and crochet group.

“Children ages three to twelve years are invited to draw a picture, or write a story or poem about an animal. It doesn’t have to be a mouse. Any animal will do – and that includes dinosaurs and unicorns.

“Go onto Budleigh Library Facebook page for more details on how to enter either competition, where you will also find the storyline Graham Hurley has written for us.”

Other libraries in Devon are holding regular live Bounce and Rhyme and Children’s Story Time sessions.

And If you miss the live performance, you can them via the video section on their Facebook pages.

Email if you have any questions or need any help with its digital services.

See Budleigh Salterton Library’s Facebook page here.

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