Libraries across the country are becoming Fun Palaces this weekend. Fun Palaces are free and fun events, made by local people for their own communities, that bring together arts, sciences, crafts, technology and digital activity.

So if you’re feeling the force, head to Bridgwater Library where Jedi masters are on hand to train your young Obi Wan or Leia to navigate a laser maze and learn some Jedi moves. If you want to get your Halloween preparations underway early then head to Clayport Library’s ceramic workshop to make a ghoulish 3D gargoyle inspired by the stonework at Durham Cathedral. Or for a more sensual experience, head to Braintree Library’s exploration of the five senses.

Fun Palaces, with their emphasis on engaging local communities and people sharing their skills, knowledge and experiences, are a perfect partner for libraries. Later this month, the Society of Chief Librarians will be launching a new Universal Culture Offer to increase the role libraries play in bringing arts and culture to local communities.

Neil MacInnes, President of the Society of Chief Librarians and Strategic Lead – Libraries, Galleries and Culture, Manchester City Council said:

“I’m delighted that public libraries are so enthusiastic about Fun Palaces with more and more are joining in each year. We have a fantastic range of events taking place this weekend so come out and have some fun in one of our palaces!”

Visit the Fun Palace website to find out what’s going on in your local library.

Watch the fun that took place in last year’s Fun Palace in Manchester.