Reading Libraries celebrate Fun Palaces 2017

READING Library Service will be hosting a day of fun, free events at Libraries across the town on 7 October to celebrate the popular ‘Fun Palaces’ weekend.

Fun Palaces, an idea conceived by theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price, first took place in October 2014 when 138 venues, locations, communities and groups created their own local events.  It creates events that bring people together through the arts and sciences to work together, create, and have fun to build their communities from the grassroots.

Reading Libraries will be holding a Fun Palace across all branches on Saturday 7 October.  There will be fun, free events taking place suitable for all ages from Duck Races (ducks provided by Wagamama) at Central Library to Steampunk Tea Duelling at Battle Library to decorating a dragon at Whitley Library.

Councillor Sarah Hacker, Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, said:

“Fun Palaces is a fantastic concept that helps to bring together people across communities through arts and sciences and I am delighted that Reading Libraries will be taking part in this year’s Fun Palace on 7 October.

“We have an extensive programme of free events across the town’s libraries from Duck Racing to arts and crafts, so Fun Palaces really is something that everybody can enjoy.”

A full timetable of events being held on the day is as follows:

Central Library
All day – Create a Masterpiece
11 to 12noon – Learn how to make Balloon Animals
10 to 2pm – Create a Garden for the Library
11.30am and 2.30pm – Duck Race

Battle Library
10am to 3pm – Steampunk Takeover! – Tea Duelling-, kids crafts, Steampunk gadgets and fashion.

Caversham Library
10am to 3pm – Board Game Bonanza
10am to 3pm – Sit and Stitch Group

Palmer Park Library
10am to 1pm – Make a Giant Collage for the Library

Southcote Library
10am to 12noon – fun filled morning of Christmas Card making, knitting squares for a blanket and mask making

Tilehurst Library
10am to 3pm – day of fun activities for all the family

Whitley Library
10am to 1pm – Decorate and name the Library Dragon.

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Notes to Editors

Useful Links
http://funpalaces.co.uk/  
A short video explaining the rules of ‘tea duelling’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iLln2aH9gY
More information on what is on offer in Reading is available at: http://www.reading.gov.uk/article/10958/Reading-Libraries-Fun-Palace—7-October