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Free fun day celebrates Roald Dahl

Published on Thursday, July 28, 2016

ROALD DAHL fans won’t want to miss a Dahl-themed Big Family Fun Day taking place at Curve next week.

The free fun day, on Tuesday 2 August, will include performances and activities celebrating the delightful world of Roald Dahl.

The day will feature Roald Dahl readings, workshops, craft activities and storytelling. There will also be a treasure hunt, tours of the building, a pop-up library and performances from The Spark’s artist in residence.

It’s all part of the Big Friendly Read, Leicester Libraries’ summer reading challenge, which is celebrating 100 years since the birth of iconic children’s author Roald Dahl.

The Big Friendly Read rewards children aged 0-15 for visiting the library over the summer. They can sign up for free goodies whenever they borrow a book.

There’s a series of cards and a wristband to collect, with a certificate and medal for children who borrow six books or more. Younger children can choose to collect stickers as books are borrowed.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhoods, said: “The Big Family Fun Day is a great chance for families to enjoy storytelling and performances that will celebrate one of our greatest children’s authors.

“Our annual summer reading challenge provides regular fun, free activities throughout the summer holidays to help encourage reading over the summer break. We want to encourage as many children in the city as possible to read for pleasure, and events like this one help us to do that.”

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, added: “This is a great theme for our summer reading challenge. Roald Dahl created such vivid characters and magical worlds in his books.

“Regular reading is a key part of educational development, but it can also help children to develop something that will stay with them after they leave school – a lifelong love of books.”

Although the family fun day at Curve is free, online booking is advised for the workshops, treasure hunt and tours. To book, go to www.curveonline.co.uk

Family fun days are also taking place at libraries across the city. Events and activities will be on offer at both Leicester’s Central Library and Belgrave Library & Neighbourhood Centre on 3 August, and at New Parks Library on 4 August.

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.

The Bookbus will also be in the city centre towards the end of the school holidays, on Wednesday 24 August, for more storytelling and big, friendly fun.

To find out more, go to www.leicester.gov.uk/libraries and click on ‘children and young people’. You can also visit facebook.com/leicesterlibraries and follow @leicesterlibrar on Twitter.

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