Libraries Alive is a new participation, literature and arts project helping members of the local community to engage with their local library spaces.
Working across Warwickshire, the Libraries Alive project aims to enhance local residents’ engagement with literature and their local library spaces. Through a series of workshops, participants have the opportunity to work with professional literature consultants and artists. Depending on the group’s interests, art forms may include visual arts, music, performing, writing their own spoken word poetry, right through to dance and everything in between. Each group will then share their work with the general public at an event at their local library, welcoming everyone to enjoy the culmination of their creative process.
Libraries Alive specifically aims to engage with those who may not typically access the library services because of barriers they face in their everyday lives. The project strives to overcome these boundaries and promote libraries as inclusive and safe spaces for all.
2019 saw four projects take place in libraries across Warwickshire:
- Spoken Word by a group from Warwickshire Young Carers
- Artist Books on Life skills created by a group of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- a fully inclusive Open Mic night created and performed by a group of adults with learning disabilities from Grapevine’s Nuneaton Speaking Up group
- the creation of books based on poetry from the group’s childhoods by Escape Arts Stratford group.
If you are working with a group who you think would benefit from taking part in a Libraries Alive project please use the link below to enquire about the project. Please follow our Twitter page @AliveLibraries for updates on the project,