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Youngsters step up to launch BookFest

Youngsters from two local schools are stepping up to the challenge of taking part in a special performance to launch this year’s BookFest.

The week-long book festival for children and families in Darlington will take place 2-7 March, and Darlington Libraries staff have teamed up with Darlington Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) to work with pupils at Springfield Academy and Corporation Road School.

Over the next few weeks, DAPA will run weekly workshops in school where the pupils will gain confidence in performance, song and dance culminating in a special show, entitled ‘Imagination’.

The children will then perform ‘Imagination’ in front of an audience at Darlington Libraries’ Crown Street Library on Saturday 29 February, to launch BookFest. They will then be invited to enjoy a family-friendly music gig featuring The Hootones.

Suzy Hill, Library Events Manager, said:

“This is the second year we’ve hosted BookFest, a week-long extravaganza with free, fun events for children age two to 16. We have an exciting programme on offer, including live music, children’s theatre, author and illustrator workshops and a whole lot more.

“As part of last year’s event, local schoolchildren were invited to help decorate our fabulous book benches and we wanted to make sure they had a chance to get really involved again this year. We can’t wait to see their performance of Imagination and are looking forward to welcoming even more children and their families to this year’s BookFest.”

The BookFest programme of events include:

All BookFest sessions are FREE however booking is required in advance. All events are at Darlington Libraries’ Crown Street Library. For more information please ring: 01325 349610 Tickets are available via Eventbrite

To find out more about events at Darlington Libraries pop into the library, call 01325 349610 or log onto You can also follow us on Facebook @DarlingtonLibraries or on Twitter @DarlLibs

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