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This page lists special events in Cornwall Libraries and One Stop Shops. Events listed on this page are free, unless otherwise stated. Please see your local library pages for regular events and activities in a library near you.

Summer Reading Challenge

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Children invited to join Animal Agents at Cornwall libraries

Cornwall libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip. A mini challenge for under 4s is also available.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents, based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends. Tony Ross, the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator (creator of the Little Princess books, illustrator of the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, and of books by David Walliams and Claire Balding), has created this year’s exclusive artwork. 

To take part in Animal Agents, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey.  As children read at least six library books over the summer, they collect stickers which will help them crack the clues and help the Animal Agents find out what's really been going on behind the scenes!

Animal Agents launches in libraries across Cornwall on Saturday 15th July and runs until Saturday 9th September.

There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Cornwall libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including animal workshops, craft events, and story- telling sessions.  Just contact your local library to find out how to take part.

As part of the South West Reading Passport, Cornwall Library and Information Service has partnered with Scary Little Girls to present some exciting events in libraries throughout Cornwall.

StorySmiths celebrates some of Cornwall’s favourite writers. Uniquely combining literature, performance, chat and the odd tasty treat, we’ll will introduce you to some new and little known gems side by side with such much-loved Cornish and international names as Emily Bronte, PG Wodehouse and Douglas Adams.

Tickets £5 or £3. Check with your local library

If you’re aged 7-25 and you’re already doing an Arts Award at school or an Arts Award centre, then St Ives Library and St Just Library can help. We offer:

  • Support with your arts research (forget Google and try books! We have a great collection of books about art, theatre and dance)
  • A chance to exhibit your work in our exhibition space
  • Children’s book group for 8-11s – share your favourite writers
  • Volunteering opportunities for 14+ with Summer Reading Challenge
  • Falmouth Library Lego club runs the first Saturday of each month from 10am - 12 noon
  • Helston Library Lego club runs every Friday 3.45pm – 4.30pm. Suitable for ages 4 – 12yrs.
  • St Ives Library has launched a Lego club. If you have any unwanted Lego at home, all donations of unwanted Lego would be gratefully received. The lego club is free to all primary school aged children, but places are very limited, so please contact the St Ives library to sign up in advance to ensure a place.
  • Lostwithiel Library Lego club is held fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons from 3.45-4.45. Free to attend. Please contact the library for more information.. 
  • Launceston Library Lego Club runs the first Saturday of each month in Launceston Library 10- 12am 
  • The series of Loop the Loop events held in Cornwall Libraries is complete - take a look at the Loop the Loop animation on You Tube https://youtu.be/Mcw2-nINl80 by Lizzie Black with participants from Redruth School, Bodmin College, visitors to Redruth and Bodmin libraries as well as the Knit and Natter Group in Bodmin!  More Loop the Loop activities.

Wadebridge Library

The events below are taking place at Wadebridge Library.

  • Folk Festival Display - 45 years of the history of the festival which can be viewed until the end of August 2017.
  • Animal Encounters” event on the 11th August 2017, between 10:30-11:30 where children can come and meet reptiles, birds and small mammals, it is also FREE!
  • "Graphic workshop" a drop-in session on the 22nd August 2017 from 10:30 onwards, children can design a superhero to defeat the evil Emperor 'Fluffy Face', a poster will be created with the superhero’s in battle with him! This is also FREE!