Lark in the Park 2009, Canterbury, Kent

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Bookstart Bear and Sock-o-saurus were just two of the characters that were in the Dane John Gardens, Canterbury, for Lark in the Park in May 2009. The event was held from 10am to 4pm, as a fun way to raise awareness of Canterbury library’s new temporary location in Pound Lane, while the City Library and Museum at the Beaney Institute is redeveloped. We also aimed to tell people about the wide range of services on offer from Canterbury Library, Canterbury City Museums and Canterbury Cathedral Archives.

Entertainment for all ages was on offer. For children, Baby Rhyme Time, Storytime, Bookstart Bear, and Sock-o-saurus – children made their own Sock-o-saurus (prizes were given for the best).

For all ages there was:

Key audiences

Local people of all ages including specific events targeted at specific groups (eg. Sock-o-saurus and the Reading Group Jamboree)



We started at 10am and finished at 4pm as planned with everything in place. Staff pulled together to run a successful event. One stortytelling group failed to show due to illness, but library staff stepped in to cover the events. Time2Give Volunteers helped on several stalls. Variety of stands and events highlighting library services – some books loaned out on the day. Very well attended - about 600 visitors through the course of the day despite very low budget

After the event:

Learning points for future planning:


Visitor feedback:

“some of the best promotion is by word-of-mouth”;

“I watched the play about the drunken vicar…very good fun! Had my 4 kids with me and they really loved the day”;

“perfect English day in the park”; 

“excellent Lark in the Park for Reading Groups. Good discussions and quizzes”; “how about making it into a proper festival?”;

“I didn’t realise you had a library service in Canterbury now the main library has gone”;

"generally a positive experience; would like a repeat event”

Staff feedback:

“big cheers all round”; “very well organised, we all knew what was expected of us”; “good fun with many things for families to take part in and great weather”; “would like a repeat event”

Who runs this project?

Kent Libraries & Archives


Porchlight (Homeless charity) / Time2Give Volunteers / Canterbury City Council (museums)/ Cathedral Archives / Canterbury Festival / Save As Writers / The Word

Contact details for the project, Customer Services Officer, Resource Development Officer, Customer Service Development Librarian

Website links for more information[1][2][3][4][5][6]

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