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Free family fun day for budding young detectives

Published on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BUDDING young detectives and mystery-solvers can put their skills to the test at a free family fun day next week.

The fun day, at Curve, is part of this year’s summer reading challenge from Leicester Libraries, and features the Animal Agents – a gang of cartoon animals with a penchant for solving puzzles.

The fun day takes place on Tuesday 1 August, from 11am-3pm.

Among the mystery-themed activities coming to Curve are performances, workshops and readings. Older children, aged 7-12, will get the chance to take part in a ‘wordy workshop’, while all members of the family will be able to get involved in a themed dance and movement session.

Participants will also be able to dip in to the Animal Agents pop-up library and share a story.

The Animal Agents include a curious bloodhound, two stealthy snakes, an investigative rabbit and a clue-busting bear – and they’re encouraging children aged 0-15 to keep borrowing and reading books over the summer holidays.

To take part in the challenge, all you have to do is visit your library three times and read six books to win animaltastic rewards.

Participants get a free collector’s folder and then, on each visit, a series of rewards including stickers, a wristband, finisher’s medal and certificate.

Assistant city mayor Cllr Kirk Master, who leads on neighbourhood services, said: “This is a great chance for families to take part in some free activities right in the middle of the summer holidays, just when you might be running out of ideas for things to do.

“It’s free, it’s educational but most of all it’s fun – and it means families can spend some time in Curve, which is a fantastic venue.

“This is just part of the activities we’re running in neighbourhoods over the summer. We’re also holding Animal Agents fun days at libraries across the city, so that lots of people will get the chance to get involved in the summer reading challenge.”

Curve’s chief executive Chris Stafford said: “We’re all very excited for the upcoming Animal Agents fun day at Curve. The atmosphere will be fantastic and we’ll be using lots of areas around our theatre to allow children to enjoy the experience of reading with storytelling, games, craft workshops, performances and puzzles.”

Artistic director Nikolai Foster added: “We truly pride ourselves at Curve on providing an accessible theatre space for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate and learn. It’s a delight to open our doors to an event such as this.”

The summer reading challenge is a national initiative organised in partnership with the Reading Agency. For activities, games and the chance to read about popular authors, go to

To join the library or find out more about Leicester’s libraries, visit

You can also keep up to date with all the summer reading scheme news and events at or on Twitter @leicesterlibrar