Mischief Makers at Reading Libraries this Summer
Reading libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Mischief Makers – the Beano themed Summer Reading Challenge 2018, which kicks off on Saturday 14th July. The free reading challenge aims to get more children reading over the summer period – a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip. Children are challenged to borrow and read at least six books over the holidays, and are rewarded for each book read.
This year’s theme is Mischief Makers – based on the Beano. Dennis, Gnasher and friends are inviting children to read at least six books. They will be able to drop in to their local library and pick up a collector’s folder, set off on a hunt for Beano town’s famous buried treasure and then come back for stickers, a foldup game and Dennis themed wristband. Successful children will also be presented with a special Mischief Makers certificate and a medal.
Summer Holiday Reading
Councillor Sarah Hacker, Lead Councillor for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, said:
“This is a fantastic way for youngsters to keep on reading during the summer holidays, while having fun with the jam packed programme of events. We know that children’s reading can sometimes dip during the long summer holiday and so the challenge importantly provides a great incentive to get children into their local library. Last year we had a record participation, and I’m really hoping even more youngsters join in with this year’s Beano themed challenge and make use of their local library again this summer.”
The event has been running since 1999, and in Reading 1,842 children between the ages of four and 13 took part in last year’s Animal Agents themed challenge, up 4.5% from the previous year. This year’s challenge launches on Saturday 14 July, with a whole programme of events and activities planned in libraries across Reading, including the new Whitley library in South Reading Community Hub, for families over the summer period. A full timetable of activities will be available from 14 July at: www.reading.gov.uk/libraries
For more information on how to take part, please contact your local library.