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Published 30th Apr 2012

Little Explorers

Children in Middlesbrough can become real life Dora the Explorers thanks to new explorer backpacks from Middlesbrough libraries.

The Boro Becks team have created the insect-themed backpacks in partnership with Middlesbrough Council’s library service.

The backpacks contain equipment such as crayons and magnifying glasses and a booklet of simple activities to help families with young children get the most out of walks along the becks.

Children can wear the packs and turn themselves into a butterfly, ladybird, bee or spider while exploring the becks.

Chris Corbett, Community Outreach Officer, said: “The backpacks will be available to borrow from a number of libraries close to our becks in the same way as a book and we’ll be joining librarians over the coming weeks to promote the packs at Crafty Tale family sessions.”

A Crafty Tale session takes place at North Ormesby Library on Thursday, May 3 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

As well as North Ormesby Library the backpacks will be available to borrow from Berwick Hills, Grove Hill and Easterside libraries.

Families who use the backpacks and fill in a feedback form will be entered in to a quarterly prize draw.

For more information on how to get involved, visit the Boro Becks Facebook page or get in touch via Twitter at @borobecksteam, by calling 01642 515618 or by email at

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