Bookworms urged to take on reading challenge
Young bookworms in Stone can take part in the annual summer reading challenge to keep the boredom at bay during the school holidays.
The challenge gets under way at Stone library on Saturday 16th July.
More than 12,580 children across the county signed up to the scheme, which is run by Staffordshire Libraries, in 2010 and the team is keen to smash that record this year.
The challenge is to read six books over the summer break – and pick up rewards and incentives along the way.
There is also a website dedicated to the Summer Reading Challenge called Circus Stars, where young people can find a whole host of activities and games.
County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customers, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge has proved to be incredibly popular over the years and we are hoping that a record number of Staffordshire’s young people will take part in 2011.
“Reading is the perfect way for youngsters to let their imaginations run wild and keep the boredom at bay during the six week holiday. They can also make the most of a range of other services and facilities available when they pop into their local library, including craft sessions and the internet.
“The challenge is great news for moms and dads too, as it provides a free source of entertainment, which is vital when household budgets are being stretched, and it’s educational. It’s a win, win situation for everyone.”
The Summer Reading Challenge, aimed at children aged four-11, is in its 13th year and is expected to attract around 760,000 young people nationally.
It kicks off on Saturday 16th July and runs until September 10th. It was created and run by The Reading Agency, the independent charity working to inspire more people to read more, and is supported by children’s publishers.
Children can sign up to the challenge at their local library and will receive a free starter pack.
For more information on libraries visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries