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Library Fun palaces 2016

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Planning has started for this years event, which will take place over the weekend 1-2 October. All Fun Palaces should be listed on the map - there are some amazing clusters of activity!

Stella Duffy (who blogged for us last year) said they are expecting 40% of Fun Palaces to be in library buildings this year.

There will no doubt be a few more springing up after SCL South West's Fun Palaces workshop earlier this week.

Preparations underway in Taunton. Photo credit: Sue Wills/Poole libraries
Stella Duffy leads preparations in Taunton. Photo credit: Sue Wills/Poole libraries
Preparations underway in Taunton. Photo credit: Sue Wills/Poole libraries
Preparations underway in Taunton. Photo credit: Sue Wills/Poole libraries

Somerset plan staff-led Fun Palaces in Wells, Taunton and Bridgwater. Exeter Library is planning to take part this year, and the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library is having one too - as well as some other libraries in Norfolk. Streatham, Lambeth is taking part again.

In Manchester, they're turning 8 of their libraries into Fun Palaces. As one of the organisers told me: “It's a great way of connecting and engaging with our local communities. Bringing everybody together to share their skills and passions. Just wish I had more time and bigger venue!” There will also be a number of library Fun Palaces in Stockport, and Rochdale.

Essex are taking part too: Witham Library will be transformed with hands-on science and art activities for children and adults. Based around the events of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’, the day will see science experiments, craft projects and group activities aimed at children.

Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Libraries at Essex County Council said: “The Fun Palace concept is all about bringing together arts and science into a space that everyone can easily access, and libraries are the perfect place. The Fun Palace weekend is a great opportunity for local libraries to work with local people to share and learn new skills, get to know each other and most importantly have fun.”

Lancaster library is planning to continue the tradition begun in 2014 (check out the gallery of photos in their link).

And its not just libraries in England that take part: there are a number planned in New Zealand, and Australia, including Mareeba Shire council library, who are setting up their stall in a football ground, reaching out to members of the community who would never or seldom come into the library or participate in a library event.

If you are planning an event and still looking for ideas - look back at what Matt Finch wrote last year: 'Pushing the limits', or Zoey Dixon’s experience in Brixton.

Body painting in Brixton library. Photo credit: Julia Chandler/Libraries Taskforce
Body painting in Brixton library. Photo credit: Julia Chandler/Libraries Taskforce

Take a look at the map and see if one of your local libraries is taking part - and put a note on your calendar for 1st and 2nd October.

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  1. Comment by Jade Bower posted on

    Great to see so many libraries taking part around the world. In Hampshire we are excited about our steam punk tea-duelling, virtual reality and flute salad!

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