REMEMBER when you had to 'ssssssshhhhhh in libraries? Not any more.

Halton Council is encouraging people to make music in libraries across the borough.

'Get it Loud in Libraries' is putting on a live gig in Widnes Library on Sunday, February 23 where Liz Lawrence, of Bombay Bicycle fame, will perform a matinee gig as part of her UK tour at 2.30pm.

As well as touring with Bombay Bicyle Club, she has supported Black, Scouting for Girls and Ani DiFranco, amongst others.

Q magazine compared Lawrence favourably to indie rock band Florence and the Machine, considering her "a starlet in the making".

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In the lead up to this amazing live music event, the Get It Loud in Libraries Academy is bringing its Band Camp to Widnes Library.

Halton Borough Council's executive board member for libraries, Cllr Phil Harris, said: "This is an opportunity for children and young people to work with music industry professionals to produce new music and learn new skills."

During the February half-term break, February 19–21, the award winning music production team will be delivering a week long programme of music and creative activities including song writing, drumming, rapping, beatboxing, music journalism and photography workshops.

The project has been designed to offer young people the chance to get involved in making music, improving their existing skills and developing new ones.

They will also learn about how to break into the music industry and the different career and study pathways open to them in the creative industries.