Creative opportunties for children and young people in libraries


Come and join Art of Libraries this summer in an exciting array of creative activities especially for children and young people in and around Dursley, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Coleford Library.  

With the generous support of the Summerfield Trust we will also be on the road with our Detective Story bus as part of this year's Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents.  Look out for the bus as it parks up in different locations around Tewkesbury and Coleford; taking creative activities literally to the doorstep of families in more isolated parts of the county.  

Share a Book  library bus tour – Art of Libraries on the road!

On Tuesdays - around Tewkesbury

The animal detectives are out on the road in search of budding detectives. Join artists Jacqui Grange and Fabi Williams on the Story Bus to discover a world of gadgets and gizmos, uncover secrets and challenges, hidden doors, words recordings, and many more surprises.

Tuesday 8, 15 & 22 August - 10am - 12.00 outside Queen Margaret Primary and Tewkesbury Children's Centre, 31 York Rd, Tewkesbury GL20 5HX

Tuesday 8, 15 & 22 August - 10am - 12.00 in the carpark of Northway Infants School, Virginia Rd, Tewkesbury GL20 8PT

On Wednesdays - around Coleford

Wednesday 9 August, 10.30am - 12.00 at Coalway Recreation Ground,  Coleford GL16 7HL. Part of Two Rivers playscheme.

Wednesday 16 and 23 August  -  10.30am - 12.00 for playscheme then open to public - 12.00 - 1.30pm in the carpark of Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre, Bowens Hill Road, Coleford, GL16 8DU.  Bring a picnic! 

Wednesday 16 August - 2.00 - 3.30pm at Lydbrook Recreation Ground, Lydbrook, GL17 9SH  

Wednesday 23 August - 2.00 - 3.30pm at Angus Buchanan Recreation Ground, Coleford

Want to follow on your detective stories? Then come to the Animal Agents’ HQ Tewkesbury and Coleford Library

The animal detectives have set up their head quarters in the library and are looking for your help to solve the mysterious behaviour that has swept through the building. Work your way through the case studies to solve the crimes, help find the lost books, uncover the culprits of the worst robbery ever and become a budding detective in their ongoing fight against the chaos of crime.

Everyday at Tewksbury and Coleford Library - during library opening hours.

There will be special workshops for all aspiring detectives every Wednesday afternoon from 2.00 - 3pm at Coleford Library. 

All workshops and FREE and you can just turn up on the day. 

For more details about the Story Bus and other workshops - have a look at the Art of Libraries Creative Summer Programme here

Or visit and join our young people’s Art of Libraries on-line community - look here for creative activities, opportunities and ways to have a voice in your library.


Art of Libraries is an exciting three year test programme led by Create Gloucestershire with Gloucestershire Libraries to explore if libraries can be new places of “arts every day” for children and young people.  #Artoflibraries