LibraryFest 2014

Starting this Thursday, Hungerford, Newbury and Theale libraries will be holding a host of extra activities as part of LibraryFest 2014.

Join us for an exciting festival of author talks, craft activities, performances and workshops, running from World Book Day on 6th March to World Book Night on 23rd April. Most of our events are free but some require advance booking.

We begin with Mad Hatter’s tea parties for children in Newbury and Theale libraries as part of World Book Day and finish with World Book Night events which include talks from local authors Robert Harris (in Newbury) and Gill Hornby (in Theale). In between you can take part in textile workshops, tile making and typographical art, try out a mini printing press or lino cutting, explore multimedia storytelling with a professional media artist and much more.

We are thrilled that LibraryFest 2014 includes two performances by outstanding theatre company Wizard Presents of the children’s show ‘I believe in Unicorns’, based on a book by Michael Morpurgo. These will take place at Newbury Library on Sunday 13th April at 11:30am and 2:15pm. Tickets are £5 per adult with up to 2 children, available now from the library.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Thursday 6th March – World Book Day Mad Hatter’s tea parties at Newbury and Theale libraries
  • Thursday 20th and Friday 21st March – 2-day creative digital workshop for adults at Theale Library
  • Saturday 5th April – children’s show ‘The Kennet & Avon kelpie’ at Hungerford Library
  • Friday 11th April – creative writing workshop for young people at Hungerford Library
  • Saturday 12th April – textile workshop at Newbury Library
  • Sunday 13th April – children’s show ‘I believe in unicorns’ at Newbury Library
  • Monday 14th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th April – 3-day creative digital workshop for young people at Theale Library
  • Wednesday 23rd April – World Book Night author talks at Newbury and Theale Libraries

Download your copy of the full LibraryFest 2014 programme from the West Berks website or pick up a brochure in any West Berkshire library.

LibraryFest 2014 is supported by Arts Council England.

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