Explorers at the Library: Edinburgh Art Festival families programme

This year the Edinburgh Art Festival’s Explorers families programme comes to Central Library for free weekly creative art making sessions suitable for ages 8-13. These sessions are inspired by the EAF artist commissions programme and the ‘Making of the Future’ theme. Join us weekly or drop in for a one-off session to creatively re-imagine your city.

“Tower” by Toby Patterson, Dunfermline 2014

Each session will look at a different artist and include 2D and 3D arts activities such as building a miniature bothy inspired by artist Bobby Niven, designing a modernist city after artist Toby Paterson and creating inflatable giant flower sculptures inspired by artist duo Walker and Bromwich.

All sessions will be held in the George Washington Room within the Central Library

Thu 6 July 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Walker and Bromwich
Create your own inflatable sculptures and model dragons inspired by Walker and Bromwich’s Dragon of Profit and Private Ownership.

Thu 13 July 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Bobby Niven
Design and build your own miniature bothys and dens inspired by Bobby Niven’s Palmhouse.

Thu 20 July 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Shannan Te Ao
Make musical instruments and write your own musical score inspired by Shannan Te Ao’s use of Maori songs and proverbs.

Thu 3 August 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: Toby Paterson
Make your own 3D collage of a fantasy building, drawing on Paterson’s modernist architectural influences.

Thu 10 August 2-4pm
Explorers at the Library: The Making of the Future
Design and build a miniature installation in the library, of a future Edinburgh city centre inspired by the “grandfather of town planning”, Patrick Geddes.

In celebration of the children’s work the outcomes of each workshop will be exhibited in the Children’s Library for the last week of the festival, 21-27 August.

These sessions are free and all materials are included. Booking is recommended, but not essential. To book call  0131 242 8040 or visit www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk

Space Hop: One giant leap into libraries!

We have lift off!   Libraries across Edinburgh are getting ready to launch children into orbit for an intergalactic reading adventure – with Space Hop, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, coming to every Edinburgh library from 28 June to 29 August 2010.

Get down to your local library to take a giant leap to the final frontier – space!   You can be part of a special space mission that will take you out of this world.

Pick up a free membership card and fold-out poster, then read your way through three stages: Blast Off!; Space Race and Lunar Landing.   There are stickers to collect along the way and a gold medal, certificate and glow-in-the-dark spinner for every child who completes the challenge. 

Thanks to our generous sponsors there’s also a chance for everyone who finishes the challenge to win book tokens and family tickets to all kinds of attractions.  And thanks to the Royal Observatory Edinburgh there’ll be a free Dark Sky Scotland stargazing guide for every child who sets off on the Space Hop mission.

Check it out and prepare for blast off!