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Harlow libraries to celebrate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland

Lifestyle / Mon 12th Oct 2015 at 03:35pm

ALICES’S Adventures in Wonderland was published 150 years ago, and Essex libraries are planning some fabulous events – all free of charge – to celebrate the occasion.

Lewis Carroll’s classic has inspired local libraries to get creative, with an exciting range of fun workshops in 16 library venues across the county, focusing on the theme of ‘Create your own Wonderland’. Details can be found on the What’s New page of the Essex Libraries website (www.essex.gov.uk/libraries).

All Essex Libraries will be offering a Wonderland trail for children to enjoy, and the opportunity to take part in a prize draw to win some Alice ‘goodies’.

The Down the Rabbit Hole project has come to life following a successful bid for funding from the National Lottery, through Art Council England. Essex libraries recruited young volunteers to work with renowned artist, Helen Dodsworth, to design the trail and help out at the workshops. The volunteers also selected four artists to be hosted at the sessions, casting their votes on the art ideas that were submitted.

The selected artists and workshops are:

· Jo Keay – Decorating Mad Hatter Hats
· Becky Hurst – Making Pop-up Wonderland cards
· Marion Lindsay – Decorating a Cheshire Cat
· Sarah Bracey – Decorating a Mad Hatter House

Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Libraries, Planning and the Environment, Cllr Roger Hirst, said: “I am delighted that we are planning such a great range of activities, with events to celebrate this classic book taking place in libraries across Essex”.

The celebrations will run from the 24th October right through to the 21st November.

Essex libraries will also be having Alice themed ‘Rhyme Times’ across the county, where children will be encouraged to take part by dressing as their favourite character from the book. Dressing is optional though!

Anyone can join in celebrating with Essex libraries by posting a photograph of the front cover of your copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on our Facebook or Twitter accounts, and tell us how old it is.

Look out for details of the activities in your local library, and play your part in helping to mark the occasion in style.

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