Celebrate World Bee Day and find out about our county’s fossil treasures ~ plus other brilliant activities you can do at home this week!

It’s World Bee Day on Wednesday (20th May) and to celebrate this year, Warwickshire County Council’s Heritage & Culture team will ‘bee’ giving you a taste of the ‘buzzing’ events they would normally hold in their museums with a special bee-themed ‘Warwickshire Museum in your home’!

Visit http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/warwickshire-museum-in-your-home/ on Wednesday to find out more about this international event that celebrates the role of bees and other pollinators in our ecosystem.

Later in the week, on Friday (22nd May), find out all about the ‘Fossil Treasures from the Warwickshire Avon Valley’ in a digital ‘Show and Tell’, as archivists and curators from Heritage and Culture share a ‘Tales from the Collection’ talk on YouTube. Explore the Warwickshire archives and museum collections from home by visiting http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/show-and-tell-from-home/.

There are many more digital activities, developed by staff from Heritage & Culture and Warwickshire Libraries, that families and individuals can take part in online this week while museum and library buildings remain temporarily closed.

Younger family members can take part in a new Arty Tots from Home from today (18th May) onwards! Join in games, songs and crafts you can do easily at home with your under 5s. This week’s theme is ‘Patterns’. Visit http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/arty-tots-at-home/.

There will also be a new Warwickshire Libraries update newsletter published, featuring all the current news on virtual library services. Sign up to subscribe to the weekly update at https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/keepmeposted.

On Tuesday (19th May) at 11am it’s ‘Time for a Story’ on the Warwickshire Libraries Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WarwickshireLibraries), with Alex, Roy and Stella from the libraries service providing this week’s story session for children.

Also on Tuesday, find out what the Heritage and Culture Warwickshire team are working on from home on their website at http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/workingfromhome/. Each week, a member of the team is sharing information on what they are working on while the museums and archives buildings are temporarily closed.

Also keep a look out for a special library blog published at https://librariesblog.warwickshire.gov.uk about ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’, which is this week.

On Wednesday (20th May) at 10.30am on Warwickshire Libraries Facebook and Twitter (@warkslibraries) it’s ‘Guess the Book’ with #BedworthBears followed at 12.30pm on Twitter by a book-themed #LunchtimeLibraryChat. Wednesday’s theme is ‘Is there a book you have read as a child and have re-read as a grown up?’.

On Thursday (21st May), you can virtually meet the Heritage & Culture Warwickshire team. Each week, get to know a Heritage & Culture staff member and discover more about their job role, their favourite article or archive, and more interesting facts! Go to http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/meet-the-hcw-team/.

Also on Thursday, there will be another new Libraries blog at https://librariesblog.warwickshire.gov.uk in readiness for ‘Elmer Day’ on Saturday (23rd May) – a celebration of reading, of elephants and of accepting yourself and others, just like Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, star of the Elmer books by David McKee.

At 11am on the Libraries Twitter you’ll discover the mystery of ‘Books Spine Stories’ with this week’s title being ‘Backwards and Forwards’.

On Friday (22nd May) the #LunchtimeLibraryChat on Warwickshire Libraries Twitter will be marking this year’s ‘Sherlock Holmes Day’ by asking “Who is the best fictional detective?”.

Then at 6pm on Friday, take part in another brilliant Facebook Story Time session, suitable for all the family! Enjoy a story-telling session with Nigel from Warwickshire Libraries as he reads ‘Mr Tiger Goes Wild’ at https://www.facebook.com/warwickshirelibraries/.

On Saturday (23rd May), explore the stories of ‘Our Warwickshire’ with a virtual quiz, where your family can answer questions about heritage, history and the natural environment by delving through the pages of the Our Warwickshire website. The website features thousands of photos, stories, memories, and maps uploaded by local people, museums and archives. Go to http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/our-warwickshire-quiz-from-home/.

Also on Saturday, families can still enjoy the fun of the popular Lego Clubs that are normally held in Warwickshire’s libraries, as they can take part in a new online Facebook Lego Challenge every week. Like and follow the Warwickshire Libraries Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/warwickshirelibraries/ and check each Saturday morning for the latest challenge – which this week is to build Elmer the Elephant!

Finally, on Sunday (17th May), it’s the ‘Where in Warwickshire?’ challenge! Follow the clues on social media to a Warwickshire place or landmark, which will be shared on the Warwickshire Archive Twitter account @Chambearlin.