Visitors flock for free film and fun sessions at Bradford's City Park (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Visitors flock for free film and fun sessions at Bradford's City Park
Parents and children have been flocking to the Park and Read children’s library for the free film and fun events on a Wednesday, with more than 2,000 visitors in July.
The events, held by Bradford Council at the Pavilion, attract as many as 600 visitors for each session. People go to for a rhyme-time session and then watch a film on the big screen in City Park.
Last week there were 644 parents with their youngsters and the week before there were 530. From June 27-29, there were 418 visitors at the sessions. This increased to 2,343 visitors during July and this is expected to double for August.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Skills, Employment and Culture, said: “The Park and Read initiative has been an enormous success, demonstrating the lure of such a facility in City Park.
“This bodes well for when we open a new City Library in City Park – already a major attraction for families.
“Work has just started on the new library, which is expected to open in time for Christmas.”
The Park and Read facility opened on June 27 to coincide with National Bookstart Week, the national initiative supported by Bradford Libraries to encourage children to get into books from an early age.
Events have included children’s author Tom Palmer hosting a rugby competition, including a quiz and indoor penalty-taking contest.
The free film and fun Wednesdays start at 10am with a rhyme-time session followed at 11.30am by a children’s film being shown on the big screen in City Park.
Today will see the screening of the classic 1951 Alice in Wonderland. Participants can take part in a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Next week it will be Finding Nemo and the children can dress up with a seaside theme.
Park and Read will run until December when it transfers into the new City Library and is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Books for adults and computer access are currently available in the Mobile Library in City Park from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.