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Dahl-themed family fun on offer at city libraries

Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

SPLENDIFEROUS Roald Dahl-themed fun is on offer from next week, as various Big Family Fun Days take place at Leicester’s libraries.

The events, which start at St Barnabas Library, French Road, on Tuesday 19 July, are part of the Big Friendly Read, the summer reading challenge that encourages children to visit their local library at least six times over the summer holidays.

During the family fun days, library visitors will be able to take part in games, quizzes and challenges themed around iconic children’s author Roald Dahl. Children who collect six stamps on their Fun Day Challenge card will get a Big Friendly Read sticker and key ring.

After kicking off at St Barnabas Library, another Big Family Fun Day will take place at Beaumont Leys, Library, Beaumont way, on Wednesday 20 July.

There will also be fun days at St Matthews Library, St Matthews Centre, Malabar Road, on 25 July; at Fosse Library, Mantle Road, on 26 July and at both Evington Library and the Pork Pie Library & Community Centre on 27 July.

The fun then moves to Aylestone Library, at Aylestone Leisure Centre, on 28 July and to Hamilton Library & Learning Centre, Maidenwell Avenue, on 29 July.

Westcotes Library, in Narborough Road, will be the venue for a fun day on Monday 1 August, while on 3 August, there will be fun days at both Belgrave Library & Neighbourhood Centre and the Leicester Central Library, in Bishop Street. There will also be storytime in the Bookbus on Town Hall Square.

The fun day tour continues on Thursday 4 August at both Knighton Library, Clarendon Park Road, and New Parks Library, New Parks Centre, Aikman Avenue.

On Monday 8 August there will be a Big Family Fun Day at Rushey Mead Library, Lockerbie Walk, and on 11 August the fun moves to Braunstone Library at the Brite Centre, in Braunstone Avenue. There is also a fun day at Highfields Library, in Melbourne Road, on 17 August.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services, said: “These library fun days are a great, free way for families to spend some summer holiday time together, and give children the chance to get involved with our Big Friendly reading challenge.

“Reading is a vital basic skill, a great way to discover new things and the cornerstone to learning, but above all, it should be fun – which is why our summer reading challenge includes these activity days for children to enjoy.”

Children aged 0-15 can join the Big Friendly Read at any time over the summer by visiting their local library. They can sign up for free goodies whenever they borrow a book.

There will also be a Big Family Fun Day on Tuesday 2 August at Curve, with performances, readings and activities celebrating the delightful world of Roald Dahl.

Children could also win a special day of story and drama-based activities for their school, provided by Curve and the Spark Arts for Children, by taking part in the Big Friendly Read.

The city school with the highest percentage of pupils completing the reading challenge will win.

Keep up to date with all of the events and activities happening during the summer reading challenge’s Big Friendly Read by visiting the Leicester libraries social media pages: Twitter: @leicesterlibrar