Free workshops for youngsters

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A PICTURE can paint a thousand words and Rotherham libraries are promising to appeal to both art forms in a series of workshops over the summer holidays.

Children’s services library manager Mark Heaton said: “Whether your thing is to make up stories, flick through comics, or simply escape into a good book, if you want to learn how to draw or develop your creative writing skills then this is for you.

“Taking the ‘work’ out of ‘workshop’ the events taking place in libraries this summer, are going to be great fun.

“We’re especially delighted that we’ve been able to entice two leading children’s authors to visit – Ali Sparkes and Margaret McAllister. Both will be encouraging you to get into writing mode after describing how they began as authors.

“Or perhaps you’re curious to know how Japanese artists pen their comic books? If so, you’re invited to come and get graphic at our Manga art workshops with talented artists Tasneem Kausar and Leah Simpson.”

The events have been organised as part of Radar, a project for 12 to 16-year-olds aimed at giving young people something positive to do over the summer.

The first Manga workshop will take place over three days in the new Library and Cultural space at Riverside, Main Street, and will run from 2.30pm to 4.30pm each day on Monday, July 29 Tuesday 30 and Wednesday, August 1.

Participants will be expected to book on to all three sessions.

n Places must be booked in advance. Call into your local library or call children’s services on 01709 815123