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Public Libraries working with partners

Tree Child - Leicester library services in partnership with Spark Arts
Tree Child

In 2013 The Spark commissioned playwright and poet Joseph Coelho to create a new piece of theatre for the children and families of Leicester. Created in collaboration with young people from Spinney Hill and Hazel Primary Schools, this new piece of theatre was professionally produced and toured into city libraries over the summer holiday.

This new performance formed part of the summer reading programme and was part of the Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Programme. 

Spark Arts For Children is a registered charity which offers children the opportunity to discover and enjoy the arts as audiences, as learners and as creators of their own art.

Project report:

World Book Day 2014: Environmental Services Eco schools team with Derbyshire libraries 

Waste WatchersIn Derbyshire, the Environmental Services Eco schools team have written a story with schoolchildren about hedgehogs  and this forms the basis of craft and story sessions in 9 libraries across the county to schools that want to take part.
In addition at Chesterfield library there will be a carbon reduction day and the eco schools team are helping support that with a theatre performance by Gibber theatre, Waste Watchers.

"Superheroes, fact or fiction?" with Lincolnshire libraries


Aviation Heritage LincolnshireAs part of the Museums & Schools Programme funded by the Department for Education via Arts Council England, Lincolnshire libraries have invited selected schools to participate in Creative Writing Workshops to be held at three  Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire partnership sites, linking into World Book Day. 

The theme of the workshops is "Superheroes, fact or fiction?" and they will be run by childrens' author Georgia Twynham. Each workshop will last half a day and Georgia will compare fictional Superheroes that the children are all aware of such as Batman, Superman (and the Superhero of her own books, Val Saunders) with the real life superheroes who fought in WW2.  During the workshop the children will get the chance to look around the site for inspiration and create their own wartime Superhero. 
Georgia Twynham is the author of The Thirteenth series of books ('The Thirteenth',' The Turncoats',' Nyteria Rising' and 'The Awakening') , the first of which  won the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award in 2011 and is being made into a film.
For more information on Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire see:

Summer Reading Challenge Arts Nation Pilot

Arts Nation SRC pilot projectThe Summer Reading Challenge is a national library programme co-ordinated by The Reading Agency with library partners to support reading for pleasure activity for 4-12 year olds.

The Derbyshire Arts Nation pilot used the 2011 Circus Stars theme as a springboard for a family programme of participatory carnival arts. Families coming into the library with children taking part in the challenge were invited to engage in circus themed creative activity including stories, songs and crafts, cartooning and circus skills.

The pilot was co-ordinated by Derbyshire Library Service as part of the Arts Nation Library programme managed by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England.

See: Arts Nation - report from pilot project in Derbyshire

Picture the Past

Picture the Past MontageAnother example of co-operation and partnership working between authorities is the Picture the Past Website

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Libraries are working together to digitise three hundred thousand images from the public library and museum collections.

The collections include photographs, slides, negatives, glass plates, postcards and engravings recalling the history of local communities for over 100 years. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund supported with funding from the four authorities is enabling the indexing, scanning and digitisation of the images to create one of the largest collections of historic images on the Internet.

Picture the Past currently has over 90,000 images on its website and attracts over 8,000 visitors viewing more than one million pages every month. The website was awarded the Alan Ball Local History Award 2004 in recognition of its commitment to local history publishing.

For more information about Picture the Past contact:


Peakland Heritage

Peakland Heritage highlights effectively the benefits of a library service working in partnership with other organisations. Peakland Heritage is a web-based learning resource focusing on the early history of the Peak District, before the creation of the National Park. It has been created by Derbyshire County Council's Libraries and Heritage Department in partnership with the Peak District National Park Authority and funded by the British Libray Co-operation and Partnership programme, with additional funding from Resource.


The main purpose is to open up access to original material held in the partners' collections. It includes illustrations, maps and text from the British Library's Department of maps, newspapers and early printed books, Derbyshire County Council's Libraries, Museums, and Record Office, and the Peak Park National Authority. Independant museums, local historical societies and private individuals have also contributed material to the site.


For more information about Peakland Heritage contact Derbyshire Local Studies library: