Somerset Libraries turn into Fun Palaces for the day

On Saturday 1 October, three of Somerset’s libraries will transform into “Fun Palaces”, offering a free day of arts, culture and sciences for all to get involved in.

The events are part of Fun Palaces 2016, a free nationwide celebration of community.

Fun Palaces bring people together to create and have fun through arts and sciences.

People are encouraged to visit Wells, Taunton or Bridgwater libraries to share their talents and discover the hidden talents in their community.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Libraries said: “As cultural venues, libraries are well placed to enable communities to interact with each other through art, culture and sciences. I am pleased to see Fun Palaces taking off in Somerset as it demonstrates what can be achieved by working in partnership with the community.”

Each library will host a variety of events and workshops.

People can come along to Bridgwater Library from 10am to 1pm and access a morning of activities including Bridge Building with EDF, Internet safety for families with O2 Guru, art and craft demonstrations and an investigation on sound and hearing.

At Taunton Library, people are welcome to drop in between 10 am and 4.30pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to get hands-on with electronics and robotics, try out the 3D printing available, take part in games with the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts or get crafty with Somerset and Bristol Branch Butterfly Conservation

Wells Library will host a Voyage of Space Exploration programme from 9.30am to 4pm. There will be lunar adventure activities for all ages, with hands-on experiments with the Space Detectives, the chance to try out the solar telescope and the Star Trek transporter.

Come along to one of Somerset’s Fun Palaces and join in by following on Twitter @FunPalacesSom or tweeting using #FunPalaces.

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