Fun workshops at libraries during Summer Reading Challenge

Reading Agency Summer Challenge
Reading Agency Summer Challenge

Encourage your children to read more books over the holidays and sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Youngsters can get involved at Central Bedfordshire Libraries including Biggleswade, Potton, Sandy and Shefford.

Organised by The Reading Agency charity and the public library network, the annual challenge is aimed at children of all ages and their families and this year runs now until September 5.

There will also be a series of events with Animal Edutainment at the libraries including animal handling workshops for ages 4-12 years and tickets are £3 for children and free for adults.

Just for fun, children will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the life-sized image of the world’s tallest man – Sultan Kösen from Turkey.

Cllr Brian Spurr, executive member for community services, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge has proved hugely popular over the years and we are proud to be taking part once again. This year’s theme of Record Breakers brings together fact and fiction, and challenges young readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements, world records and even attempt to be part of a new one.

“The challenge gives children a personal challenge that boosts confidence, self-esteem and their love of reading as part of a fun activity that can help keep them engaged during the summer holidays. Library staff and volunteers will be on hand to help, plus there is also an interactive website – www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ – with a host of fun activities.”

Last year, more that 52,000 books were read as part of the Challenge in Central Bedfordshire and, as an added bonus, Synergy Document Solutions is sponsoring all the books read and the money raised will go to Keech Cottage Children’s Hospice.

Animal Edutainment will be at the following libraries in the area:

Monday 20 July

Biggleswade Library - 10-11am & 11.30-12:30pm

Potton Library - 2:30-3pm

Wednesday 22 July

Shefford Library - 2:30-3:30pm

Friday 24 July

Sandy Library - 10:30-11:30am

Thursday 30 July

Stotfold Library - 10:30-11:30am

Visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/libraries for information on what is happening near you.