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Reading Libraries Fun Palace

Free Fun Activities For All

Saturday 1st October, Activities start at 10am and finish 30mins before closing

Activities will be taking place across all our branches as we hold our annual Fun Palace event. There will be things to do for all ages so come along and join in at your local Reading Library for this free and fun event.  All events will be drop in so no need to book.

Fun Palaces is a national movement that aims to bring local communities together and give people young and old the chance to try new things and meet others in your local area. This year our event coincides with the Reading Climate Festival so some of our activities will have recycling and sustainability at their core whether it’s junk modelling or making a fabulous picture with all those left over craft supplies at the back of the cupboard.

Keep an eye on this page as we add details of what will be happening at your local library.


Reading Central Library 10.30am - 2pm

Junk Modelling - 10.30am - 2pm

What will you create from our pile of recycling?

Create a Bottle Food Planter or an Insect Hotel - 11am - 2pm

As part of the Reading Climate Festival RISC will on hand to show you a couple of ways of repurposing plastic bottles by making a food planter or insect hotel with them.

Spider Craft & Author Talk - 11am -12pm

Local Children's author Neil Grant will be doing a short talk about and reading his new children's picture book 'A spider lives in my Dad's beard' followed by make a spider craft session for little ones.

Mystery Craft Bag - 10.30am - 2pm

Will you take our mystery craft bag challenge?  Pick your bag of craft supplies and try and make a picture of the word or phrase hidden in the bag.


Battle Library 10.30am - 2pm

Make a bookmark 

Adults and children alike can join in and make a bookmark.  Let your imaginations run wild!

Decorate a Balloon

Inspired by the film 'Up', help us lift the library to the skies by decorating a balloon

Treasure Hunt

Can you find the special balloons hidden around the library?  You will need to unscramble the letters to spell a word and win a prize.


Caversham Library from 10am

Origami Animals 10am - 12pm

Calling all children aged between 5 - 10.  Come and make an Origami bird, cat face or puppy face at our Fun  Palaces event at Caversham Library.  

Puppet Shows at 10.45am and 12.15pm

Join 'Waters of March Learning' for a puppet show that will give you a taste of African Caribbean culture.  Aimed at children aged 4 - 8 this short show will run at 10:45 and 12:15. Don't be late!

Meet Tricia from Draughtbusters 1pm - 2.45pm

Find out how you could help reduce heat loss from your home and what help might be available.  

Sara's Gardens and Greenhealth Thames Valley 1pm- 2.45pm

Chat with Sara from Sara's Gardens and Greenhealth Thames Valley about how you could get more wildlife in your garden.

Get Weather Wise 10am - 12pm, 1pm - 2.45pm
Adults can unlock some of the secrets of our climate with our tame meteorologist and children can take part in a weather themed craft activity! 


Palmer Park Library 10am - 12pm

Decorate a card door hanger with your own weather forecast symbols.

Age 5+

Decorate your own paper plate weather forecaster.

Age 5+ 

Southcote Library 10.30am - 12.30pm

Junk Modelling

What will you create from our recycling?


Tilehurst Library 10.30am - 2.30pm

Make your own wind spinner or wind chime

Use recycled discs to create your own design for a colourful wind spinner or wind chime.  Decorate, paint, create!   All ages welcome


Whitley Library 10am - 12.30pm

Play with Clay

What can you make?  Suitable for all ages.

Open Art Session

We have turned out our craft cupboards.  What amazing picture will you make with our left over bits and bobs?