Manchester City Council

Enjoy a feast of free family fun at Central Library this Sunday

Families are invited to join in the fun this Sunday - at Central Library - to celebrate a summer of the Big Friendly Read - The Summer Reading Challenge.

The Sunday Funday event runs from noon – 4pm on 11 September and a range of free activities will be on offer throughout the library.

The event rounds off a summer of celebrating reading and children's literature at Manchester’s libraries with a host Roald Dahl-themed activities.

The Twits will be retold by storyteller John Kirk who will welcome you to the magical world of Roald Dahl in a 40-minute presentation suitable for families and children over the age of six.

Meet author and illustrator Lynne Chapman, whose illustrations are used on Manchester’s children’s library cards. Lynne will be on hand to explain how she brings her picture book characters to life through drawing.

Adults and children are invited to take part in the Book Character Challenge. Everyone can help bring stories to life by dressing up as their favourite book character and taking part in a fancy dress parade.  Entrants will receive a small gift presented by ‘Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee’.

Other highlights include face painters, crafts, and not forgetting the chance to appear on the silver screen in one of your favourite stories using digital green screen technology and dressing up props.

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “Throughout the summer some marvellous Roald Dahl themed activities have been held at Manchester's libraries to encourage children to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge. I’m delighted to welcome people of all ages to join us at a special opening of Central Library, for the finale, this Sunday. Free activities like these can encourage and inspire youngsters to dive into the magical world of reading. Children can gain a huge amount of enjoyment from reading and it can also help them to improve their results at school.”

The Sunday Funday is funded by the Manchester Central Library Development Trust and the Oglesby Charitable Trust.

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, produced by the Reading Agency and delivered by libraries, is The Big Friendly Read - linking into the national ‘Roald Dahl 100’ celebrations.

To complete the Summer Reading Challenge, children aged from four to eleven are invited to read any six books of their choice from their local library during the summer holidays. They receive stickers and goodies along the way, plus a certificate and medal when they finish the Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is set to end on Tuesday 13 September, a date that also marks the centenary of the birth of Roald Dahl, author of The BFG, The Twits, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many other classic children's stories.

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