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Birkby and Fartown Library

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Edgelands Arts have been commissioned to create the first book in the new library. We are asking people what they would like to see and do in the new library when it opens later in 2021. We also delivered a series of remote and online activities during March and April 2021. Participants can still take part at home independently. Images and work from these activities will become part of ‘The First Book in the Library’ which will take pride of place in Birkby Library when it opens in June

Click on the Activity to see more info. Any work for inclusion in the book needs to be sent by post of email to arrive no later than 7th May 2021.

Activity 1

A Cast of Characters

Show us your favourite book character – dress up, send us a photo of an illustration from the book, draw the character – join us online for a family/remote learning book character workshop with sound, movement and play.


Activity 2

A Story for Birkby, Fartown and Hillhouses

Tell us about your favourite book – write review, draw a picture, introduce us to your favourite story and  join us at our virtual book club and persuade us why we should read it!


Activity 3

A Library with a View

Show us your favourite views of Birkby and Fartown – send us a photograph, draw a picture, make a collage, share your views in an online zoom. Join our introductory collage workshop of the new library building then use the materials provided to complete at home.


Activity 4

I Am From…

Write us a poem about with the title of I Am from Birkby and Fartown – use the templates provided by clicking the links:



I am From.

Join us online to create a collaborative poem and then write more from home and send them to us (remote learning opportunity)


Activity 5

If I Ruled the World

Imagine your ideal place inside Birkby Library – show us what you are doing or what it looks like using the template provided ​– add photos, draw, write on it and join us online for a sharing and preview of the first book in the library.  Download library template

For more information about virtual events call 07830 288350 or send us your
contributions for the book, to or via Facebook
@edgelandsartsuk or post it to G27 The Arthouse, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE

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