Kids enjoy big top fun

Walk The Line: James MacPherson of Artizani Street Theatre guides Ezra Barker, six, of Matlock on his first attempt at the tightrope walk during their circus skills workshop at Matlock Library.
Walk The Line: James MacPherson of Artizani Street Theatre guides Ezra Barker, six, of Matlock on his first attempt at the tightrope walk during their circus skills workshop at Matlock Library.
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Children had heaps of fun trying out circus skills as this year’s Summer Reading Challenge got under way in libraries across the Dales.

The circus skills workshop with colourful street-theatre group Artizani was just one of a number of events at Matlock libaray as part of the annual reading challenge.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council said: “The children enjoyed circus skills workshops with Artizani - a street theatre group from the High Peak who showed them how to juggle and balance a peacock feather on their chin, elbow or feet. They also took part in a cartoon workshop.

“We had lots of children take part, including quite a few from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Matlock.”

This year’s challenge, on a Circus Stars theme, is for children aged four to 12 to read six library books during the summer holidays, collecting stickers and giveaways along the way.

Other events include author talks, cartoon workshops and craft sessions.