Libraries Connected is pleased to announce the distribution of £165,000 from Arts Council England for libraries to celebrate the forthcoming Coronation of King Charles III.
The funds will be shared out by Libraries Connected amongst each of England’s public library services. In two instances, Yorkshire and Humber and the South West, the money will be given out to regions rather than individual services. In all cases, it will be used by libraries to commission or host events that reflect or celebrate the King's Coronation.
Regional plans in Yorkshire include the purchase of a ‘Playbox’ for the central or nominated library within each service. Playboxes are wheel out boxes that contain engaging activities for toddlers, supporting language and numeracy development. The region will reveal the launch of these boxes in libraries on the Saturday of the Coronation.
Highlighting one of the key themes of the Coronation, sustainability, the South West region is working with the Eden Project and the National Wildflower Centre to procure wildflower seeds for distribution through libraries.
On the level of individual services, Leicestershire Libraries are working with Babygigs, a local organisation who provide an opportunity for babies, preschoolers and their parents and carers to try instruments. Coronation concerts will be hosted in four of Leicestershire’s libraries. Like the South West, Hertfordshire Libraries are focusing on sustainability through seed distribution. Cheshire West and Chester are planning to plant wildflower seed in their library gardens in red, white and blue.
Isobel Hunter MBE, Chief Executive of Libraries Connected said:
This funding means libraries across the country can mark the Coronation with some really exciting cultural events and activities. As always, libraries have come up with incredibly creative and unique ideas that involve the whole community in art, craft, music, literature and much more. We're thrilled to play our part in bringing those ideas to life and recognising this historic moment.
Luke Burton, Director, Libraries at Arts Council England said:
This funding will help public libraries join the celebrations as the country comes together for the Coronation. With a range of activities on offer, from arts and crafts to 'Coronation concerts' for babies; local communities will be able to share in the benefits accessing creativity and culture can bring during a very special weekend.