ExploraTale is on tour at Pinhoe Library, starting Monday 9th January 2017 for five weeks, 10am till 11.15am

Our weekly sessions at Exeter Library start back on Friday 13th January 2017, 10am till 11.15am

ExploraTale flier

ExploraTale flier

“A superb balance of structured activities and free play create a rich, yet fun learning environment encompassing many areas of the early years curriculum. Bringing stories alive through hands on, multi sensory ways allow the children to appreciate the wonders of literature. Through sharing stories and follow up activities the professional team not only allow children to access stories in an enjoyable way, but also provide parents/carers with ideas and thoughts on accessing stories at home. A hugely enjoyable toddler session I would highly recommend for all.” Mrs Laura Clifford, founder of Little Learning Seeds.

ExploraTale has been a unique and successful project delivered in partnership between The Carousel Project, which is a Devon based arts organisation, and three diverse Devon libraries at Exeter, Tiverton and Honiton. The ExploraTale was an innovative partnership that achieved more together, through promoting the library as well as nurturing creativity and early years development in an audience of more than 270 families with children aged 5 and under.

ExploraTale was funded by the Arts Council Grants for the Arts and enabled young children and their families to enter into the world of the story in an imaginative and creative way.  Over the course of a year, artists led free weekly drop-in sessions based around children’s literature, combining visual arts and movement to bring books to life for families with young children. By using everyday materials the library space was transformed each week into the scenes inspired by the journeys and characters in popular children’s books, old and new.

By partnering with libraries across Devon, families benefitted from accessing high quality arts provision in accessible public spaces. By offering participants free access to the Arts, the three libraries became a trusted inspiring space that not only helped to bring ideas, imagination and a love of books, but supported children’s development and intergenerational learning.

The evidence gathered throughout the project evaluation demonstrates that ExploraTale had a positive and lasting impact on many of its audience and achieved the targets it set out to accomplish.   ExploraTale’s innovative and animated use of the library space has enabled young participants to view the library as an exciting place of discovery and enabled adults to feel more positive about the library as a welcoming community space.  ExploraTale provided a vehicle for the cultural shift within the library community, helping it adapt to its new role as a dynamic community space.

The year long nature of ExploraTale has meant the project could build on nurturing creativity and enjoyment in participants. The relationships that grew over the year underpinned many of the project’s rich learning and social outcomes for children and parents, such as increased confidence or improving how parents engage their children in stories at home.  This evaluation reports on some of the social and learning outcomes experiences by both child and adult.  Please download the evaluation here – Exploratale Evaluation Report 2016