SPECIAL ‘TechPlay’ craft sessions held at Blackheath and Oldbury libraries over the summer holidays proved a runaway success.

More than 2,000 young people attended 24 events at the borough’s six town libraries which were made possible thanks to £85,000 Arts Council England funding.

The innovative state-of-the-art sessions saw children aged eight and above using and learning about the latest technology including virtual reality headsets, iPad tablets, 3D doodler pens and robotic kits.

Now the TechPlay sessions, which were delivered in partnership with the LearnPlay Foundation, are set to be offered again during the October half-term holidays.

Councillor Richard Marshall, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “These sessions offered a great opportunity for children aged eight and above, and their parents to have fun with new state-of-the-art technology that might otherwise be unavailable to them.

“It’s great to hear that these enjoyable events proved so popular with the children and that we are able to run them again thanks to our successful funding bid.”

More information about the sessions and other library-based activities during the October half-term can be found by searching ‘Sandwell Libraries’ on Facebook.