Fun Palaces - Saturday 7 October

This year Blacon, Ellesmere Port, Neston, Northwich and Storyhouse Libraries are handing themselves over to the community and transforming themselves into Fun Palaces. These are free, nationwide celebrations of arts and science, with local individuals, groups and businesses offering workshops, demos and generally fun activities for the rest of the community. It’s for all ages and there’s something for everyone, so come along and discover something new in your library.

Blacon Library 9.30am - 1pm

Activities will take place throughout the morning, so just drop in:
  • Henna body art

  • Create a hand print tree
  • Simple science experiments
  • Sing in a choir

Ellesmere Port Library 9am - 1pm

Activities will take place throughout the morning, so just drop in:
  • Castle making craft session
  • Get creative with Lego
  • Test your brain in the 'escape room'
  • Decorate a gingerbread man
  • Create a marble run out of junk with the Waste Doctor

Neston Library 10.30am - 5pm

Activities will take place throughout the day, so just drop in:
  • Craft activities with the scouts and guides
  • Learn street dance
  • Acting workshop with the Little Actors Theatre
  • Local history workshops with by Burton and Neston Local History group
  • Learn the art of hair braiding
  • Crocus bulb planting with the Rotary Club

Northwich Library 10.30am – 8pm 

Northwich Library will have different zones, with a wide variety of activities taking place in each one:

Interactive Zone
  • 10.30am - 12pm Balloon Modelling and Magic Tricks
  • 2pm - 5pm History of Film Projectors
  • 2pm - 5pm Latte Art Demonstration
Creative Ideas Zone
  • 9am - 5pm Design A Fun Palace Competition
  • 11am - 12pm Creative Writing Workshop for Kids (with author Simon Adepetun)
  • 1pm - 5pm Tailor Made Poems with Jo Bell
Family Fun Zone
  • 10.30am - 11.30am Code Club Activity Demo (ages 8-11)
  • 1.30pm - 2.30pm Multi-Sports and Art Activities for Kids
  • 1pm - 3pm Recycling Fun Workshop for Kids with the Waste Doctor
  • 3.30pm - 5pm STEM Activities for Kids
Have A Go! Zone
  • 1pm - 2pm Science Experiments 
  • 2.30 - 3.30pm Digital Music Production Taster
  • 3.30pm - 5pm Table-Top Board Games
Digital Tech Zone
  • 1pm - 3pm Photography on Your Phone Demo (with DAN Arts)
  • 2pm - 4pm 3D Printing Taster
  • 3pm - 4pm Digital Storytelling Workshop 
Get Involved Zone
  • 10.30am - 1pm Plastic Fantastic Exhibition
  • 2pm - 4pm Witton W.I. Craft Taster
  • 2pm - 5pm STEM with Anderton Boat Lift
  • 2pm - 5pm Air-Dried Clay Craft Workshop

Between 5.30pm and 8pm there will be a live lounge featuring local musicians, bands, poets and even a special performance by the Odeon cinema staff.

Storyhouse 10am - 8pm, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October

For more information about the times of sessions, please contact Storyhouse on 01244 409113
  • Make bath bombs and slime
  • Life drawing class
  • CSI puzzle room
  • Letterpress printing
  • Be in a band 
  • Dee Sign Choir
  • Beetle Drive

Cheshire West Libraries have organised a series of events to coincide with the forthcoming centenary of the end of the First World War.

Wednesday 7 November

Northwich Library, 10am-12pm: First World War Centenary coffee morning

Northwich Library will be hosting a coffee morning with representatives from the local Royal British Legion coming along to provide information and chat to customers about the Centenary.

Saturday 10 November

Barnton Library, 10am-1pm: Drop-in “Memory Morning”

Community event for residents to share their war-time memories of Barnton and learn more about the village’s history.

Tuesday 13 November

Helsby Library, 2.30pm: Researching Your Ancestors with Owen Powell.

Learn how to undertake genealogical research to trace your family story including where to start; which websites to use; searching the archives and dating photographs. Tickets are £3 - available from Helsby Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Frodsham Library, 7pm: Home Service during the Great War

Millions of men and women were engaged in Home Service activities that were vital for the war effort. Join Owen Powell to find out more about this forgotten aspect of the Great War. Tickets are £3 - available from Frodsham Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Thursday 8 November

Lache Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Lache Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Friday 9 November

Neston Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Neston Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

There are also wonderful collections and displays in the following libraries:

Barnton Library - a collection of First World War memorabilia and related local history books is on display as well as an art display of poppies arranged and curated by Jackie Ormarod and the members of the library knitting group.

Helsby Library – a large display is available detailing how the war impacted on Helsby and details of the Helsby men who died in the First World War.

Neston Library - 'Great War - Neston Remembers' exhibition provided by Burton and Neston History Society is on display at Neston Library. The display illustrates how the war impacted on the everyday lives of Neston’s residents. As part of the exhibition there is a special collection about 170 individuals connected to Neston, who died in the First World War, diligently researched by Ian Norris. This is a unique and significant piece of work and will be of great interest to people from Neston and surrounding areas.

Northwich Library - A commemorative poppy display is in the entrance to the library, featuring a selection of books and a waterfall of poppies, all hand-made and created by the library craft group and other local community groups from Northwich town centre.

Sandiway Library - A commemorative book and photographic display relating to Sandiway community members involved in the First World War is available. The library is also decorated with poppy bunting designed and donated by the children and local craft groups who attend the library. A commemorative  Tommy figurine is also on display outside the library, by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council.

Winsford Library – A display commemorating the Great War is on loan to the library from Crosshatch Gallery and Winsford History Society. Included are excerpts from Private Frederick Shaw’s Gallipoli campaigns diary (not originals); Private Shaw was based with the Royal Marine Light Infantry during the First World War and his name is inscribed on Winsford’s War Memorial.

Wharton, Weaverham and Great Boughton Libraries also have book displays themed around the First World War Centenary.

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