Longsight Library will be holding an event for people to see some of Manchester Libraries’ rarest books on Saturday October 13.
A sumptuous volume of gold and silver illuminated Indian miniature paintings from 1780 and a gruesome 16th century anatomy book are just two of the special treasures on display as part of the Turning the Pages event.
Staff will be on hand to show people how computers can be used to view some of the British Library's own treasures, including the manuscript of Alice in Wonderland and William Blake's sketchbooks.
Activities will include a special story time for children featuring classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes using real Victorian picture books as well as the opportunity to create your own illuminated initials.
Other items on display will include an illustrated herbal, produced by Elizabeth Blackwell in the 1730's for the purpose of raising money to get her husband out of prison!
The event is part of Manchester Libraries' contribution to Family Learning Week.
Councillor Mike Kane, Executive Member for arts and leisure at Manchester City Council, said: "There is always something going on in Manchester's Libraries and this event has something of interest to all ages. Come along and see the treasures and bring your children who can then make their own!"
Children's story time with classic tales and nursery rhymes from 11am until 12noon.
Computer workshop, handling session and kids' crafts from 2pm until 4pm
Margaret Blackburn, tel 0161 234 4014