Evolve is an imaginative programme of events and artworks within Devon’s libraries, delivered by us, in partnership with artists and communities and funded by Arts Council England.
Through our Evolve programme we combine interactive art, technology, experiences, literature and storytelling to change perceptions of libraries and open them up for all generations to enjoy.
We aim to encourage curiosity, creativity, imagination and storytelling and will embrace collaboration, engagement, ingenuity and inclusivity.
Instilling a life-long love of reading and books in children is the aim of an ambitious new initiative from Libraries Unlimited.
It’s aimed at children over the age of five, with the target of getting them to read 50 books.
Each child who signs up to the Quest will receive a booklet featuring a story that takes them on a journey through their local library. The adventure has been brought to life with beautiful illustrations by designer Emily Fox.
The Secret Book Quest has been made possible with funding from Tesco Community Grants and the Unwin Charitable Trust which supports projects that encourage reading and literacy.
Unlimited Potential (UP)
Libraries Unlimited successfully secured funding from Arts Council England to deliver an innovative project in North Devon and Torridge. The project, Unlimited Potential, aims to introduce creative, animated and engaging experiences and equipment, designed to reach a new audience and to show them what libraries have to offer.
Across the year there will be a new FabLab and Business & IP Centre built at Barnstaple Library and a mini FabLab that will be taken out to a range of different settings to reach new audiences. We’re also creating a cohesive events programme, collaborating with a range of cultural organisations and national and international artists, with a particular focus on reaching into communities and creating events that directly meet people’s needs.
Libraries Unlimited and the University of Exeter secured £200,000 Arts Council England (ACE) research grant to carry out a two-year research project to understand the impact of libraries on local communities in Devon, in partnership with the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), and ODI Devon, part of the Open Data Institute.
We have teamed up with the University of Exeter Business School to undertake research into the value of our libraries, and how they can best meet the needs of their users. The project aims to build improved understanding of the ways in which libraries support individuals and communities, reaching beyond libraries’ traditional book lending role.
As part of the project, staff from across the organisation will take part in problem-solving and learning meetings called Action Learning Sets (ALSs), allowing managers to identify challenges and solutions. The academics will also host a series of Action Research Summits at the Business School, where the innovative ideas developed as part of the project will be shared with staff who work across the arts and cultural sector in other parts of the country.
Library Work Clubs – Barnstaple and Bideford
Libraries Unlimited works with partner organisations to deliver Work Clubs supporting people into employment or education. The Work Clubs in Bideford and Barnstaple libraries are supported by an ESF Community Grant.
ESF Community Grants are funded by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and are managed by Petroc in Devon and Somerset. For information about the Work Clubs contact Barnstaple or Bideford Library.