Range of activities to kick start National Libraries Week

The first ever ‘National Libraries Week’ starts next week (9 October 2017) and will showcase all the creative, innovative, and diverse activities that Cambridgeshire libraries have to offer.  

It will give people a chance to discover a vast range of things they can do in their library. The celebration will start on Saturday (7 October) with Fun Palaces – a free annual day of action designed by and for local communities in selected libraries.

Activities include science experiments in St Neots Library, board games in Arbury Court Library in Cambridge, shoebox wrapping, French singing and a DJ in Huntington Library, robotics and coding in Ely Library, and DNA bracelets in Wisbech Library.

The rest of Cambridgeshire libraries will join the fun with even more events throughout the week including storytime and rhyme time sessions, book clubs, treasure hunts, e-services drop in sessions, author talks and many more.

National Libraries Week will lead us into our ‘The Library Presents … Arts Alive’ programme which kicks off on Thursday (12 October) and will take you all the way through the autumn with arts activities and performances happening in 10 participating libraries. Events will range from theatre and live music, comedy and magic shows, to children’s classic storybook performances and arts workshops – there is something for everyone. Tickets are on sale now, online or in the participating libraries.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said: “This week offers an excellent opportunity for libraries to show regular visitors new things and to encourage people who have never been to their local library to explore and find out how much it offers.

“To celebrate the first National Libraries Week we have a jam-packed programme of events for the whole community to enjoy, starting this week and continuing well into the autumn. It is great to see everyone come together and celebrate our libraries and all the amazing work they do.”

In the last year alone, Cambridgeshire libraries have welcomed more than 2.3 million visitors who have used a multitude of services, from children’s sessions, managing health, accessing Wi-Fi and games and learning new skills.

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