Libraries around the Cambridgeshire are looking forward to a new season of arts activity.
The Library Presents autumn season starts on September 15 and will continue taking arts activities into the heart of towns until December 15.
Nineteen libraries are involved this season. They are: Arbury Court, Barnwell Road, Cambourne, Cambridge Central, Chatteris, Cherry Hinton, Ely, Histon, Huntingdon, Littleport, March, Ramsey, Sawtry, Soham, St Ives, St Neots, Whittlesey, Wisbech and Yaxley.
Funded by Arts Council England and created in partnership with Babylon ARTS, The Library Presents programme appeals to all ages and interests. It includes performances of dance, music, puppetry, comedy and theatre as well as workshops in music, art, writing and performance skills.
Families will enjoy ‘Apple ‘n’ Spice’, which combines well-loved stories of Snow White and Ramayana in a dance show that mixes Indian dance with western dance styles and encourages the audience to join in.
There will be the chance to have a laugh with famous author and comedian James Campbell at Comedy 4 Kids - which will also have the grown-ups falling about in their chairs.
Chilling ghost stories will get you in the mood for autumn. ‘Lady Chillers’ is a dramatic telling of creepy Victorian ghost stories, written by women authors; ‘Ghost of the Fens’ is a collection of hair-raising stories to make you jump, told by previous Bard of Cambridge and Skald and Suffolk, Marion Leeper.
To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War there is ‘No Petticoats Here’, which was a hit last year in March Library and tells the real-life stories of women during the conflict through song. November also brings ‘Ingo’s War’ - a family puppet show about a dog called Ingo, who gets separated from his owner during the Second World War evacuation. Ingo has his own adventures, and experiences many aspects of wartime life.
More than 200 people helped to select the autumn programme.
Cambridgeshire county councillor, Bill Hunt said: “I’m very much looking forward to the new The Library Presents programme. There are so many different arts activities on offer this autumn including theatre and music performances, puppetry and comedy for families and workshops that appeal to young people as well as adults.”
The full programme is available now and tickets can be booked online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts or in participating libraries.