All set for summer library challenge

Young boys and girls in Angus are invited to join in this year when Angus Libraries launches the 2012 Summer Reading Challenge “Story Lab” on Friday, June 29.

For primary school aged children, the challenge is simple – read six or more library books over the summer holidays. Children visit the library each week, or as often as they can, to choose their books and to collect stickers and rewards for each book read. Boys and girls can also take home fun activities and competitions along the way. Every child who completes the challenge receives a certificate and a medal at a special ceremony in August.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the biggest national reading initiative with over 97% of UK public libraries running the challenge.

Last year in Angus, over 1,500 children took part with 185 children joining their local Angus library for the first time.

It’s not just children who love the Summer Reading Challenge. Parents love the fact that the challenge is a fun way to keep up children’s reading skills over the holidays, it’s a great way to stay busy and it’s free to take part.

For younger children, Bookbug’s Library Challenge runs alongside the Summer Reading Challenge from late June until mid-August.

Bookbug’s Library Challenge encourages children from birth to four years to explore their local library and to enjoy sharing books with families and carers. Children receive a stamp for each book read and need to collect six stamps to complete the challenge.

There are activities, treats and rewards for these younger readers too and all children who finish are invited to special ceremonies to celebrate their achievement.

Registration for the challenges is open from June 18 until July 14 and the challenges run from June 28 until August 18.

Visit your local Angus library or mobile library to register or to find out more.