Warwickshire Libraries come Alive – and everyone is welcome

The Warwickshire Libraries Alive project is an exciting new participation, literature and arts project working to engage members of the local community with their local library spaces throughout 2019 and 2020.

Working across Warwickshire the project aims to enhance local residents’ engagement with literature and their local library spaces. Participants will chose from a series of workshops facilitated by professional artists, working in a wide variety of art forms. Books will be the springboard to these different artistic experiences which will include: visual arts, music, making, performance, dance and spoken word poetry.

The groups will then share their work with the general public at an event in their local library, welcoming everyone to enjoy the culmination of their creative process.

Warwickshire Libraries Alive specifically aims to engage with those who may not typically access library services because of barriers they may face in their everyday lives. The project strives to overcome these boundaries and promote libraries as inclusive and safe spaces for all.

Cllr Kam Kaur, WCC Portfolio Holder for Customer and Transformation said: “The power of arts and culture to help with loneliness is being increasingly recognised, so we want as many people as possible in Warwickshire to benefit from programmes of this type.

“This is an innovative way to bring arts to those who do not traditionally engage with our library service and I look forward to seeing the impact it will have on the well-being of residents.”

Stella Thebridge, Principal Librarian: Schools and Reading at Warwickshire Libraries said: “We are grateful to Arts Council England for funding and are delighted to be working with arts specialist Nicki Stevenson as our project manager to deliver this wide-ranging programme for people across our county.”