Free events and workshops aimed at bringing people together through arts, sciences and technology are taking place across a number of libraries in County Durham on Saturday, 7 October.
Fun Palaces 2017 is an international celebration event that encourages communities to come and have fun together, sharing their knowledge and expertise
All events take place from 10am to 12pm and booking is not necessary.
Annfield Plain Library
Join local artist Kay Henderson to make your own magical Fun Palace out of recycled materials.
Barnard Castle Library
Artist Anna Harding will lead a fun-packed morning exploring interesting connections between the art world and the scientific world. Activities are suitable for all ages – children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Bishop Auckland Town Hall Library
Photographer and astronomer Gary Lintern will be bringing his sun telescope to look at the sun in safety and observe features such as sunspots.
Artist Dawn Belshaw will be on hand to explain how to recycle a book to create a piece of art, while Lenny Gressmann will demonstrate the skills needed to make amazing wood carvings before giving you the opportunity to have a go at making your own carvings from a block of soap.
Join Horden’s Young Citizens to play their imaginative re-invention of Monopoly or steady your hand for a taster of model making. Whatever your age, bring along your own games to share!
Local graffiti artist Dan Walls and the members of Spennymoor Settlement Art Group will be leading a morning of fun and imaginative adventure – all ages welcome.
Cllr Joy Allen, Cabinet member for transformations, said: “Last year hundreds of venues across the world brought people together as part of Fun Palaces 2016 and we are delighted that libraries across our county are now holding these fantastic and free events for communities to enjoy.”