Summer Reading Challenge success

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YOUNG Angus bookworms read more than 19,000 books this summer with Angus Libraries.

Primary school aged boys and girls took part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge while babies, toddlers and pre-school children enjoyed Bookbug’s Library Challenge.

Nearly 900 children signed up for this year’s challenge, ‘Story Lab’, with more than half successfully reaching the finish line by reading six books or more during the holidays.

At special ceremonies throughout Angus in August, the boys and girls who completed the challenge each received a medal and certificate and enjoyed entertainment with games and some special guests.

Co-ordinated by The Reading Agency and with 760,000 children aged from four to 11 in the UK taking part, the Summer Reading Challenge is the biggest national reading initiative.

In Angus, 70.3 per cent of boys and girls aged between four and 12 years already belong to one of the local libraries. Now library staff want to encourage more of their young readers to use the library all year round, not just over the summer.

Literacy development officer, Sylvia Main, explained: “Reading is both a fun and valuable pastime for children to develop. Staff in Angus libraries love watching children learn, imagine and connect with reading for pleasure.

“With so many other ways young people can choose to spend their time, we’re always thinking up new ideas to keep boys and girls and their families interested in reading. It’s an exciting and rewarding part of our jobs.”

Every Angus Library hosts regular activities, clubs, story times and more for boys and girls from babies to teens. Activities are informal fun and they’re all free.

Angus Libraries also host activities for adults from author visits and reading groups to computer classes. Again, activities are held in a relaxing environment and are almost always free. You will find details and schedules in each library.

It’s free to join Angus Libraries and new members are always welcome.