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Leicester Libraries will be running free storytelling sessions for children in the Highcross on Saturday 2nd February to mark the Chinese New Year and National Storytelling Week.

The sessions will run hourly from 10.30am until 3.30pm, and will take place at the seating area outside H&M, on the lower mall of the shopping centre.

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The Chinese New Year on 5 February – the Year of the Pig – will inspire some of the stories, as will National Storytelling Week, which runs from 26 January to 2 February.

A pop-up library will be on site from 10am until 4pm, giving families a taste of the range of stories and books available from the city council’s libraries.

The sessions are the first in a series of family storytelling events that will take place on selected Saturdays throughout the year in partnership with Highcross Leicester. These include Easter storytelling on 20 April and an event to mark National Bookstart Week on 8 June.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services, said: “Families will be able to stop at the pop-up library while they are shopping, have a look at the books and catch a bit of storytelling. It’s a great chance for us to showcase the wide range of books and services we offer from our city libraries.”

To find out more about the city council’s libraries, visit

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