Angus youngsters read all about it

High pile of hardcover books
High pile of hardcover books

ANGUSalive’s libraries loaned more than 14,000 children’s books during the summer holidays as avid young readers took up a six-week seasonal reading challenge.

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge 2016 celebrated the birth 100-years-ago of Roald Dahl with their Big Friendly Read, encouraging young people to sign up at their local library and read six books of their choice as part of the summer event.

More than 800 children took part and visited the libraries and thumbed their way through an impressive 14,285 books, gathering special collector’s cards for their folders as a unique record of their Big Friendly Reading endeavours.

There were holiday competitions and activities as part of the event, including the creation of enormous crocodiles, new beards for Mr Twit and brand new revolting recipes.

Award ceremonies will now be held at each of our the Angus libraries in celebration of the children’s achievements where they will receive medals and certificates.

They will take place as follows from 3.45pm (unless otherwise stated):

Thursday, August 18 - Kirriemuir Library, Town Hall, Reform Street, DD8 4BS

Friday, August 19 - Carnoustie Library, High Street, DD7 6AN

Monday, August 22 (4pm) - Montrose Library, High Street, DD10 8PH

Tuesday, August 23 - Brechin Library, St Ninian’s Square, DD9 7AD; Monifieth Theatre, High Street, Monifieth, DD5 4AE (5pm)

Thursday, August 25 - Arbroath Library, Hill Terrace, DD11 1AH; Forfar Library, West High Street, DD8 1BA The youngest library members, aged between 0-4 years, had their own Bookbug Library Challenge, listening intently as six books were read to them during the course of the holidays.

Co-ordinated by the Reading Agency, it is the UK’s biggest national reading initiative.

Young Bookbugs will receive certificates and be joined by the Bookbug mascot at an award ceremony in Monifieth Library, High Street, DD5 4AE, at 10.30am on Saturday, August 27.