The Library Presents

Cambridgeshire Library Buildings are currently closed and public events are postponed in response to Government guidance relating to COVID-19.

The Library Presents has put together a programme of events you can experience from home as we had to postpone the planned Spring 2020 season of events in Libraries. If you had pre-booked for any events in the Spring 2020 programme we still hope to re-schedule events later in the year, or we are quite able and willing to offer refunds, please contact us if you require a refund. In the meantime we hope you enjoy ‘The Library Presents … in your house’.

The Library Presents in your house

Our new programme of exciting, fun and interesting arts to enjoy from home! There is something for all ages across a range of art forms including; Music, Storytelling, Theatre, Radio Drama, Visual Art, Magic, Animation, Poetry and Craft.

Over the coming weeks there will be a mixture of live streamed performances, live workshops, videos, downloads for families and a collaborative activity where everyone can participate. The programme is not only for the technology savvy!

Some of the activity will be using radio and postal deliveries; a number of events are inclusive, signed or subtitled these are clearly marked in the listings below.

Available Now:

Ensure that you catch time sensitive events by checking ‘Live Performances and Workshops’.

All other performances and workshops will be accessible throughout the summer.

LIVE PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPS (By Date)

  • SUNDAY 14 JUNE & 28 JUNE @ 4PM – Quarantine Quilt Workshop: Join any of the sessions to learn new stitches, hear stories and share what you've been making. Music, stories and a quiet hour to take some time out to sew, chat, paint and draw. Register to receive a Zoom Link
  • THURSDAYS 4 JUNE – 2 JULY @ 11AM: Interactive Story Workshops for Families (each session works on its own or as part of the series): Be big and bold or delicate and soft, as you tell stories together in these colourful, energetic workshops using zoom. Learn different ways of moving and making with the help of Sonia Sabri Company, build new connections and share a belly laugh! Children 5-8yrs and their family will explore together individuality, diversity, the bonds which connect us all, the times we feel different and when we belong. Inspired by the touring family show ‘Same Same…But Different’. Suitable for Families, the sessions are designed for children aged 5-8yrs. To book your free place on Eventbrite click the workshop titles below (15 places per workshop): Book Kathak Dance workshop/ Book Movement & Mime workshop/ Book Props & Pretending workshop / Book Music & Indian beatboxing workshop / Book Duvet Creatures & Art workshop
  • THURSDAY 18 JUNE @ 7PM: Learning to adapt - An Interactive workshop on documenting your life.Filmmaker Becky Edmunds invites you to join her in a live streamed creative session which will look at the different ways to document your life and explore ideas of adapting. The session will involve writing tasks and the creative re-purposing of household objects. To join in you will need a pen and some paper, some household objects and a camera, you will be able to ask questions via the ‘chat’ function. Suitable for Adults. Join the interactive workshop on documenting your life
  • MONDAY 22 JUNE @ 8PM - Animated Wordsmith Premiere: Edalia Day has been winning poetry slams up and down the UK for the past 3 years. Join Edalia for a 15 minute poetry set full of energy, comedy and theatrical flair. The show combines their best pieces with a mix of live performance and hand drawn animations. You might remember Edalia from the sell-out show Superhamlet64! Suitable for Adults & 16+yrs Watch & join a live chat with Edalia in the comments.
  • 11 MAY – 1 JULY: The Quarantine Quilt (Sewing not essential): Today people are inside alone relying on screens for comfort and connection, millions of individual squares of light making up our isolated population. We want to draw those squares together with the Quarantine Quilt - a chance for everyone in our community to help create an enormous patchwork quilt inspired by time in lockdown. Join interactive sessions every two weeks with the artists to get ideas, learn some techniques and meet others. Suitable for people of all ages living in Cambridgeshire and people without access to the internet. Join in / order a quilt pack on behalf of someone without internet.
  • 8 JUNE – 2 JULY: Cambridge 'Bulltastic' - A Summer carnival at home!This is your chance to enjoy a carnival atmosphere at home and take part in our online carnival of Bulls, Cows - and calves! Make a range of different styles of wearable cow and bull heads using our video tutorials and downloadable templates as well as a good sprinkling of imagination and fun using materials you have at home. Have fun in your home or garden with a mini carnival and take a photo (or video) of you and your family, dressed in your ‘bulltastic’ costumes. You can send them to us and become part of the Bulltastic Carnival of Cambridgeshire! Suitable for All Ages. Download templates and find out how to send us your photos.

PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE APRIL TO AUGUST

This content is divided into two sections, one for ‘Adults & Young People’ and one for ‘Families’.

FOR FAMILIES

  • Discover Arts Award Digitally with the University of Cambridge Museums: Celebrate your creativity and complete a Discover Arts Award for free through taking part in cultural activities online and at home, connecting with the amazing collections of the University of Cambridge Museums. Open to 5 to 19 year olds (participants will produce work appropriate for their age and ability) Sign up for the Discover Arts Award
  • Florence Nightingale through song writing (for Families and Young People): You may have heard about Florence Nightingale's work as a nurse - songwriter Louise Jordan will show you how Florence used numbers and maths to make sure some of the poorest people in the world could get help when they were sick, and she will help you to write your own song. 1 hour video. Suitable for school age children, young people, families and schools. Join in with Florence Nightingale song writing
  • According to Arthur - Signed Story and Story Activities (Signed & Captioned): PaddleBoat Theatre Present the story of According to Arthur in Sign Supported English. Meet Arthur-a man with a story to share; the story of a night when the moon wasn't there! Activities include; Acting and Miming, Puppetry with Objects, What Next?- make up your own adventures for Arthur. Suitable for ages 3yrs and up. Join in with According to Arthur
  • Be Not Afeard: A Sensory Telling of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' (Signed, Available from 2 June): Take a trip to a mysterious island to rescue a stranded magical artist in an inclusive, interactive, sensory and musical experience of Shakespeare - the Bard is for all! A story about big feelings.Suitable for anyone who likes CBeebies inclusive of those with SLD/PMLD. The story is signed with a mixture of Makaton and early sign language. Parents and Carers can download a sensory discovery pack to help them bring the story to life at home too. Watch 'Be Not Afeard' or Download Sensory Discovery Pack
  • The Imagination Room - Dance film with downloadable toolkit (Available from Monday 15 June): Discover play from the everyday in this colourful and surprising dance film. Join the fun and create your own Imagination Room with help from the Imagination Room Toolkit. Suitable for ages 3+yrs and their family.Watch The Imagination Room or download toolkit
  • Crabby: A Snappy Little Tale of Grumpy Feelings and What To Do About Them (Signed, Available from 19 June): The vintage seaside comes to life in this inclusive, interactive, sensory and musical tale of a grumpy hermit crab in search of a new shell after being cursed by a mermaid. A story about big feelings. .Suitable for anyone who likes CBeebies inclusive of those with SLD/PMLD. The story is signed with a mixture of Makaton and early sign language. Parents and Carers can download a sensory discovery pack to help them bring the story to life at home too. Watch 'Crabby' or download Sensory Discovery Pack
  • Family film making (Available from Saturday 20 June):Discover how you can use your phone or tablet to make a Stop Frame Animation or Green Screen film using things you can find at home. Perfect for families with children 3-12yrs Join in with family film making
  • Mime for all the family (Available from Monday 22 June): A chance to be active and learn some classic mime tricks to amaze your friends with the brilliant Garlic Theatre. You might remember them from puppet shows such as Eggs on Legs or Jack and the Beanstalk. Join in with Mime for All the Family
  • The Awesome Adventures of Aidy: The Story Thief (Available from 22 June):A baddy has been making books about Girl and Granny heroes invisible, Aidy and her Granny must make the stories visible again but without leaving the house. Get your Gran signed up for a video call and then watch the Youtube video together! Suitable for children aged 5-12yrs and Grannies of any age. Watch The Awesom Adventures of Aidy: The Story Thief

FOR ADULTS & YOUNG PEOPLE

  • Stories from the Shvitz (Three part series with episodes released at 8pm on 12 June, 19 June, 26 June) : Theatre maker and storyteller Nick Cassenabum will be borrowing stories from his popular hit show Bubble Schmeisis to take you on a journey of intimate and hilarious true stories about identity, home and getting washed by old men. Suitable for Adults & Young People 14+yrs Watch Stories from the Shvitz
  • Discover Florence Nightingale through songwriting: So much more than 'the Lady with the Lamp' - find out about Florence Nightingale's pioneering work as a statistician and campaigner with songwriter Louise Jordan as she shares her tips and tricks to help you write your own songs in four tutorial videos. Suitable for Adults & Young People. Join in with Florence Nightingale song writing
  • Discover Arts Award Digitally with the University of Cambridge Museums: Celebrate your creativity and complete a Discover Arts Award for free through taking part in cultural activities online and at home, connecting with the amazing collections of the University of Cambridge Museums. Open young people up to 19 years old (participants will produce work appropriate for their age and ability)Sign up for the Discover Arts Award
  • Digital Horizons by Lee Mason (Available from Friday 5 June): Fly over and through a calming hand sculpted digital landscape; created using the latest spatial art technology. Featuring a bespoke sound track created by musician Sigil. Suitable for all ages. Watch Digital Horizons
  • The Ballad of Wisbech Museum by Harp and Monkey (Available from Monday 29 June): A re-worked Victorian folk song and new animation inspired by Wisbech Museum. After visiting the museum last year for a performance as part of The Library Presents, this award-winning modern folk trio Harp and a Monkey decided to create this new song dedicated to the museum. Watch The Ballad of Wisbech Museum
  • To be continued: Lost journals of passion, adventure and tragedy 1925 – 1976 - Film: Three short films tell the extraordinary story of one ‘ordinary’ man- Dick Perceval, recording his life, passions, adventures and tragedies from 1925 to 1976. Including heartbreak, war, a stint at Bletchley Park, the moon-landings a European referendum and VE day. Follow up with a talk by the creator Becky Edmunds to find out more about Dick Perceval’s life and how she discovered his journals. Suitable for Adults. Watch Lost Journals of passion, adventure and tragedy 1925 - 1976
  • Greyhounds Audio Drama, VE Day Episodes 1-4: From Bletchley Park to Bomber Command, the residents of Shuttlefield come together at last to celebrate VE Day. Parts 2-4 released weekly on Fridays. Suitable for Adults. Listen to Greyhounds Audio Drama, VE Day Episodes 1-4
  • Greyhounds Then Again - Behind Big Moments in History Podcasts: A new podcast looking into the little history behind big moments. Starting with life on the home front during World War Two, Then Again explores the real life history featured in Time & Again's audio drama, Greyhounds. Suitable for Adults. Listen to Greyhounds Audio Drama - Behind Big Moments in History Podcasts

The libraries taking part are: Arbury CourtBarnwell Road, Buckden, BurwellCambourneCambridge CentralChatterisCherry Hinton, Clay Farm, CottenhamEly, Great Shelford, Haddenham, HistonHuntingdonLittleportMarch, Ramsey, Somersham, SohamSt IvesSt Neots, Whittlesey and Wisbech.

We would like to thank all the people who attended performances and took part in workshops during the Autumn, and especially to all those who gave feedback – it really helps in making decisions for the future.

Volunteers needed

The Library Presents is looking for volunteers to support the many exciting activities taking place across the seasons. 

We have opportunities to support with stewarding, helping in the box office, offering refreshments, marketing, event management, event photography and even some technical support roles. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, develop new skills, have fun and support arts events in your community. 

Any contribution, big or small, is very much appreciated. To find out more or to offer your help, please email thelibrarypresents@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call 01223 706 779. We would love to hear from you. 

Free training for volunteers

If you already volunteer or would like to volunteer with The Library Presents, you can attend a free two hour event training workshop (tea and coffee provided). All we ask in return is that you come and volunteer at one of our exciting events.

Evaluation reports

The Library Presents aims to create and deliver a vibrant, exciting, diverse and inclusive programme of high quality arts activities with libraries across Cambridgeshire.

It is a four year programme (2018 – 2022) funded by Arts Council England. (Due to changes caused by COVID-19, funding for the programme has been extended to 2023). The reports below cover the first two years.

Contact us

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at thelibrarypresents@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or telephone 01223 706 779.

Sign up to receive the library presents newsletter

Follow 'The Library Presents' on Facebook and Instagram.

The Library Presents logo - pink and white.

'The Library Presents' is funded by Arts Council England (2018-2022), managed by Cambridgeshire County Council and delivered in partnership with Babylon ARTS.

We are grateful for support from Cambridgeshire Culture and Urban & Civic.