Did you know the world’s first computer programme was written by a woman? And we are celebrating here in our libraries!

Halton Borough Council is playing host to a touring performance of Ada.Ada.Ada on Wednesday 13 December at Widnes library and Thursday 14 December at Halton Lea Library.

This internationally performed show is about Ada Lovelace who wrote the world’s first computer programme in 1843. The show tells Ada’s story using an LED dress, operated live on stage using wearable tech.

Local school children will attend the shows which will encourage them to engage with technology and STEM as a career choice. Ada.Ada.Ada is a high impact performance that is currently touring 23 libraries across the north of England, including Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, as part of an Arts Council funded project on behalf of the Society of Chief Librarians.

The team behind the show are also holding digital maker workshops at Widnes and Halton Lea Libraries on the same days.

The workshops, open to the general public, are inspired by Ada Lovelace’s work and involve designing, writing and testing algorithms to control LEDs. For more information and to book a place on a workshop please visit halton.gov.uk/libraries and any Halton library.

Full details: Wed 13 December
Widnes Library
Performance 1.30-2.30pm (local schools)
Workshop 4-5pm

Thursday 14 December
Halton Lea Library
Performance 1.30-2.30pm (local schools)
Workshop 4-5pm