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Creepy Houses Dance In Poole Library

Children aged between four-11 are invited to watch a dance promenade performance at Poole Library called ‘Creepy Houses’ on Monday 12 August.

Taking inspiration from Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s classic picture book, Funnybones, as well as a wealth of other creepy-themed books the dance piece will weave its way around the Central Library in Poole.

Poole Libraries, along with 12 other authorities in the South West, have been fortunate enough to secure funding from the Arts Council totalling £30,000 to help break down people’s perceptions of libraries as quiet spaces, just for the written word.

Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset authorities were fortunate to work with dancers from Second Hand Dance and Pavilion Dance to help shape the dance piece for the whole South West region.  In Poole looked after children and the elective home educated children attended a workshop and were asked for ideas for the content of the dance piece and how it should be performed.

Creepy Houses links into this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which now in its 14th year encourages children to read six books over the Summer holidays.  The Summer Reading Challenge helps to counter the dip in educational achievement that children may experience over the holidays.  Children receive incentives such as stickers, Mystery Mungler trump cards designed by author Guy Bass, certificates and medals for completing the challenge.  Poole Libraries are holding over 33 spooktacular activities for children this summer from holding creepy creatures to listening to creepy tales.  In addition each library will be holding drop-in Mystery Mungler Swap Shop sessions every Saturday throughout August between 11.00-11.30.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "I'm pleased we have been able to secure funding to promote the wonderful services our libraries offer. Gone are the days where people were expected to be silent of libraries and they have now become real community hubs.

"I can't wait to see the dance our local children have helped put together and am pleased so many are taking an interest in this fantastic initiative."  

The Creepy Houses dance will be performed between 10-11am,11.30am-12.30pm and 2-3pm at Poole Library on Monday 12 August. To find out more information or to book a place to see the Creepy Houses dance performance or any other activity for children over the summer visit the children's library webpage or contact 01202 262421.