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Libraries around the County are looking forward to a new season of arts activity. 'The Library Presents’ autumn season starts on Saturday 15 September and will continue taking high quality arts activities into the heart of towns until Saturday 15 December.

19 Libraries are involved this season. They are : Arbury Court, Barnwell Road, Cambourne, Cambridge Central, Chatteris, Cherry Hinton, Ely,  Histon, Huntingdon, Littleport, March, Ramsey, Sawtry, Soham, St Ives, St Neots, Whittlesey, Wisbech and Yaxley.

Funded by Arts Council England and created in partnership with Babylon ARTS, 'The Library Presents’ programme appeals to all ages and interests. It includes performances of dance, music, puppetry, comedy and theatre as well as workshops in music, art, writing and performance skills.

Families will enjoy ‘Apple’n’Spice’, which combines well-loved stories of Snow White and Ramayana in a dance show that mixes Indian dance with western dance styles and encourages the audience to join in.

There will be the chance to have a laugh with famous author and comedian James Campbell at Comedy 4 Kids - which will also have the grown-ups falling about in their chairs.

Chilling ghost stories will get you in the mood for autumn. ‘Lady Chillers’ is a dramatic telling of deliciously creepy Victorian ghost stories, written by women authors; ‘Ghost of the Fens’ is a collection of hair-raising stories to make you jump, told by previous Bard of Cambridge and Skald and Suffolk, Marion Leeper.

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War we have programmed ‘No Petticoats Here’, which was a hit last year in March Library and tells the inspirational real-life stories of women during WW1 through song. November also brings ‘Ingo’s War’ - a family puppet show about a dog called Ingo, who gets separated from his owner during WW2 Evacuation. Ingo has his own adventures, and experiences many aspects of wartime life.

Over 200 people helped to select the autumn programme at ‘Choosing Parties’ during June. The Library Presents team is currently planning the Spring 2019 season and welcomes opinions on the programme, so if you’d like to be involved look out for dates of the next ‘Choosing Parties’ on our website.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Vice Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Bill Hunt said: "I’m very much looking forward to the new 'The Library Presents' programme. There are so many different arts activities on offer this autumn including theatre and music performances, puppetry and comedy for families and workshops that appeal to young people as well as adults.

“The previous programmes were really well attended so I’d advise booking as soon as possible. I would also advise people to go along to the “Choosing Parties” so they can have their say in the next season.”

Simon Wellington, Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England, said: “The Library Presents is a really exciting project that offers more people, in more places across Cambridgeshire the opportunity to enjoy and participate in really high-quality and varied arts activities. It is particularly important in making sure people in rural areas have increased access to arts and culture. We were thrilled to welcome Cambridgeshire Libraries to our 2018-22 National Portfolio in April this year, making it one of the first library services in the country to receive funding in this way.”

The full programme is available now and tickets can be booked online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts or in participating libraries.

Image of a production of Ingo's War by Ditto Theatre Company, presented as part of The library Presents autumn season

Ingo’s War by Ditto Theatre Company - part of The Library Presents autumn season

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