Roll up, roll up for circus day

Great Cornard Library, Head Lane, Great Cornard, CO10 0JU.'Circus Day as part of this year's Summer Reading Game (The Theme being Circus Stars).''Pictured; Katie Lister with Izabella Ludlow.

Great Cornard Library, Head Lane, Great Cornard, CO10 0JU.'Circus Day as part of this year's Summer Reading Game (The Theme being Circus Stars).''Pictured; Katie Lister with Izabella Ludlow.

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CLOWNS sprang from behind bookshelves and acrobats balanced in the quiet zone as the circus arrived at a village library.

Unicyclists, plate spinners and jugglers were all among the novelty acts making an appearance during Great Cornard Library’s circus day on Tuesday.

The event was organised as part of the Summer Reading Challenge – a national scheme which encourages children to read six books during their summer holidays – with this year’s theme being “circus stars”.

More than 30 youngsters rolled up for the day and took part in a fancy dress competition, face-painting and ribbon twirling.

Heather Welch, library manager, said: “We had a fantastic day and judging the fancy dress competition was very hard as we had clowns, acrobats and even a dancing bear.

“The day shows that reading can be fun and the challenge has been very successful at the library this year with more than 250 children entering.”

l Circus Stars comes to Sudbury Library on Sunday, with a juggling workshop taking place at the library on Market Hill between 10.30am and noon. For more information, go to www.suffolk.gov.uk and follow the links.