New Tameside libraries project a real page-turner
Friday 31st March 2017 07:13 News Tameside Posted by Adam Higgins

Story time in Tameside libraries has just got even more exciting, with families having the opportunity to create their own published books.

Tameside Council has successfully bid for £60,000 of funding from the Arts Council England Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund for the prestigious project, aimed at encouraging children and families to embrace reading and develop literacy skills.

Open to all families, creative workshops and activities will be delivered across the borough’s eight libraries over the next 12 months, in partnership with local leading creative industries organisation Stone Soup, The Lowry and the Halle Orchestra.

Participating families will be supported in creating a series of published books for family audiences. Once the books are published and printed, there will also be an accompanying resource pack that supports creative activities that can be led both by Library staff and families themselves.

Tameside is the only individual local authority across Greater Manchester to be awarded money from the fund. However, separate funding will also go to a Greater Manchester Combined Authority project to provide business surgeries, workshops and training in libraries in all 10 boroughs.

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Culture, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Arts Council Libraries Innovation Fund.

“This project will be exciting and engaging for families with young children across the borough within our library settings – encouraging the enjoyment of books and reading is vital to children’s development, firing imaginations, developing a further interest in learning and sharing quality family time.”

Further details on the project can be found in your local library, on the libraries’ webpages and from Tameside Council.