Birmingham’s Wonderful Wonderland for Young Readers

An adaptation of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a visit by How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell and comic making workshops with Dandy cartoonists the Etherington Brothers are just some of the highlights of this year’s Young Reader’s Birmingham Festival taking place throughout the city from 2-15 June.

The fourteenth annual Young Readers Birmingham Festival for children and young people will bring together over 160 events across the city and will be opened on 2 June by Cressida Cowell – the best selling author of How to Train Your Dragon books, which have been successfully adapted for the cinema.

One of the highlights of the Young Reader’s Birmingham Festival will be the Jubilee Book Bash at Aston Hall on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 June.  There will be an interpretation of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from the classic Alice in Wonderland together with a special picnic to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and an array of authors including Bob the Builder creator Curtis Jobling.  A film tent, magic shows, poetry, writing and cookery workshops, appearances by popular characters Elmer and Kipper plus storytelling and dance sessions with Nat from CBeebies and Bhangra Tots will also be part of the festivities.

As part of the Young Readers Festival there will be family fun days at libraries across the city and theatre events, including Sea Legs Puppet Theatre’s production of Little Bo Peep. The festival closes with a week long series of events for schools starting after the half term break.

For more information about Young Readers Birmingham visit: www.youngreadersbirmingham.org

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines said: “Young Readers Birmingham is a lively and innovative festival that encourages children and young people across the city to read for pleasure and to visit our libraries.

We hope that this summer’s jam-packed programme of events for all the family can also encourage an enthusiasm for the new Library of Birmingham, due to open in September 2013. We also hope to incorporate Young Readers Birmingham into next year’s Discovery season to mark the opening of the new Library, which will aim to provide a dynamic mix of events enabling Birmingham residents, visitors to the city, and library users to experience exciting opportunities the new Library has to offer.”

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Media Contact: jason_lewis@birmingham.gov.uk or 0121 303 4266/ 07766 923352

Notes to editors

About the Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham will be a major new cultural destination, rewriting the book for 21st century public libraries. It opens in 2013.

The Library of Birmingham will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books. New facilities including state-of-the-art gallery space will open up public access to the collections for the first time. It will also be home to a BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive.  Other facilities will include a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and other informal performance spaces, a recording studio, and dedicated spaces for children and teenagers. By harnessing new technology, everyone from Birmingham to Beijing, Bangalore and beyond will be able to access the Library of Birmingham’s world-class resources. More than three million visitors are expected each year, and millions more online.

Described by its architect Francine Houben as a ‘people’s palace’, the Library of Birmingham will be highly accessible and family-friendly. It will deliver excellent services through collaboration between the library, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, partners and communities. It will provide a dynamic mix of events, activities and performance together with outstanding resources, exhibitions and access to expert help for learning, information and culture. As a centre of excellence for literacy, research, study, skills development, entrepreneurship, creative expression, health information and much more, the Library of Birmingham will change people’s lives.

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