The Delight in Libraries project

The Delight in Libraries programme uses dance and movement as a way of learning how to build a story. The programme is designed to strengthen children’s educational and social outcomes along with encouraging participation in dance. It is aimed primarily at children who may not usually engage with their local library service, and encourages them to find out more about the imaginative possibilities of the library space.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, children participating in the programme visited their local library at the beginning of a half term and took part in a professional dance performance there called The Story Detectives. After this, they worked together with Katie Green (Made By Katie Green) and the performers from the show to create their own response to The Story Detectives. At the end of the half term they returned to the library to perform their own work for their friends and family and to celebrate their accomplishment, including achieving a Discover Arts Award qualification through the programme.

In response to the pandemic, we are adapting the Delight in Libraries project so that it can be delivered remotely, in person, or a combination of the two, and have commissioned film director Josh Thompson to create a filmed version of The Story Detectives performance that we can use as part of this adapted programme.

The Story Detectives was devised in 2019, originally created at Guildford Library, and developed through collaboration with year 2 children from Weyfield Primary School, Guildford. It has been supported by the Heathrow Community Trust, Culture Box Surrey, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Peter Cundill Foundation and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

About Delight

Delight creates intensive arts programmes to increase the social, academic and artistic development of primary aged children.

Delight co-creates its arts programmes with arts partners and works in close partnership with selected primary schools across Surrey.