Model-makers from Aardman Studios will be dropping into Central Library this Manchester Day, as part of an afternoon of fun activities for all ages.
From 12 – 4pm on Manchester Day (Sunday 14 June), a programme of free and futuristic drop-in sessions inspired by this year’s ‘Game On’ theme will be on offer throughout the iconic Central Library building.
Lucky visitors aged five years and over will get the chance to make their very own Shaun the Sheep model out of clay with the guidance of Aardman experts, at one of three free sessions (12.10pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm).
Participants will have a rare chance to hear about the animation process involved in the making of much-loved characters such as Shaun, Wallace and Gromit and Morph – before taking their model Shaun home, where they can try to make their own animated film using Aardman’s Animate It! software. Booking is recommended for this special opportunity – visit shaunthesheepworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk to reserve your place.
Elsewhere in the library, Manchester CoderDojo will host a computer coding drop-in, where children aged 8 – 16 can create their own virtual Manchester Day parade floats.
Visitors are invited to make their own electronic music in the Henry Watson Music Library, or use laser-cutting technology to make their own keyring on the first floor landing, with the help of Manchester FabLab.
The Robogals will be building and programming robots in the Shakespeare Hall, while Minecraft-themed activities will take place in the City Library and the Media Lounge.
On the fourth floor, a competition will be held to see who can use Instagram to post the most inventive and interesting photograph inspired by the library’s Reference collections – with prizes on offer for the best entries.