The idea for this key event was to raise awareness of the library service with non-users by working in partnership with Rhondda Cynon Taf Museum services to provide a fun activities day. This day tied in with the cultural Olympiad theme and gave all visitors the opportunity to play with old toys and games.
Library staff lent their own toys and games from the attic, garage or toy box, this enabled them to show toys and games from the early 20th century right up to today. In line with this the museum service purchased a collection of historically accurate reproduction games from the Victorian and Edwardian eras and the library service trawled local charity shops to purchase old board games. These were shown to visitors who then used the games throughout the day. Their teenage library became a centre for technology! Visiting teens used the library Wii games console to take part in a sports tournament and also had the opportunity to try out computer games from the 1970s and early 80s.
An entry that scored high in originality – the link with the museum service was well managed and opened up a good basis for on going leverage and promotion – and on-going sustainable activity. In the supporting material sent with the submission it was nice to see a wide age range in the library… offering plenty of opportunity for new audience. The results figures look good (but what was the base level?).
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