New libraries project promises to be a real page-turner

Date Released - 22/03/2017

STORYTIME in Tameside libraries has just got even more exciting with families having the opportunity to create their own published books.

Tameside Council has successfully bid for £60k funding from the Arts Council England Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund for the prestigious project, aimed at encouraging children and families to embrace reading and develop literacy skills.

Creative workshops and activities – open to all families - will be delivered across all the borough’s eight libraries over the next 12 months, in partnership with local leading creative industries organisation Stone Soup, The Lowry and the Halle Orchestra.

Participating families will be supported in creating a series of published books for family audiences. Once the books are published and printed, there will also be an accompanying resource pack that supports creative activities that can be led both by Library staff and families themselves.

Tameside is the only individual local authority across Greater Manchester to be awarded money from the fund. However separate funding will also go to a Greater Manchester Combined Authority project to provide business surgeries, workshops and training in libraries in all 10 boroughs.

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, who is responsible for Culture, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Arts Council Libraries Innovation Fund. This project will be exciting and engaging for families with young children across the Borough within our library settings - encouraging the enjoyment of books and reading is vital to children’s development, firing imaginations, developing a further interest in learning and sharing quality family time.”

Look out for further details on the project in your local library, on the libraries webpages and on the Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Notes to editors

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

As the national development agency for libraries in England, the Arts Council has invested over £15 million in supporting libraries since 2012.

We announced last year that we would be integrating libraries into our National Portfolio from 2018 onwards to deliver arts and museum activity. This reflects the Arts Council’s determination to lead an integrated approach across arts, museums and libraries to achieving great art and culture for everyone.



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