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Summer Reading Challenge Attracts Over 8.000 Children

Staffordshire libraries Summer Reading Challenge has seen over 8,000 children from across the county sign up in the first two weeks.

The county’s 4-11 year olds are being called to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays, with Staffordshire’s library Service are backing the reading campaign. In Stone alone 493 children have registered, with 55 finishing the challenge already! Local children also attended an art workshop based on the summer reading challenge which took place on Tuesday 8th August at Stafford Library.

The Animal Agents theme for this year is based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends.

To take part in the challenge, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey.  As children read their library books over the summer, they collect stickers which will help them crack the clues and help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes!

Gill Heath, Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is always incredibly popular and it’s great to see so many young people signing up in the first two weeks.

“Reading is the perfect way for youngsters to let their imaginations run wild and keep the boredom at bay during the six-week holidays.  The challenge is great news for moms and dads too, as it provides a free source of entertainment and it’s educational.  There’s still time to get involved, so I would encourage people to get down to their local library and join in.”

UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator, creator of the Little Princess books, illustrator of the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, and of books by David Walliams and Claire Balding, Tony Ross has created this year’s exclusive artwork.

Animal Agents runs throughout the summer with a range of events and activities planned in the county’s libraries.  The campaign finishes on 11 September and people can find out more at their local library or at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries

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