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Summer Reading Challenge

Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year and is a national scheme produced by The Reading Agency delivered by libraries. Each year there is a new theme and in 2017 libraries everywhere will be celebrating around the theme of Animal Agents accompanied by Tony Ross' wonderful illustrations.

The challenge is for all children aged 4 to 12 years with the aim being to borrow and read six books between 24 June to 23 September 2017. In Worcestershire children can sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge at the launch event taking place at National Trust Croome, near Pershore on Saturday 24 June 2017, from 10:00am to 4:00pm (entry to National Trust Croome is free to all families who are library members and whose children sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge on the day), or at any of the county's libraries from this date.

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term, and The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting three quarters of a million children into libraries over the summer. There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education.

Worcestershire's libraries are organising lots of activities in connection with the challenge (ask in your local library for details), and as part of the challenge there are special collector cards for every book children read and other incentives along the way. A website and an App add to the fun too! And what's more it's all FREE so there are plenty of great reasons to sign up as soon as possible.

Key dates for your diary:

  • 24 June - Launch of the Summer Reading Challenge at National Trust Croome
  • 26 July – Event at National Trust Croome
  • 23 August – Event at National Trust Croome
  • 23 September – Summer Reading Challenge ends

Vouchers for free entry to the events on 26 July and 23 August will be issued by the library where you signed up to the Summer Reading Challenge. If you are a National Trust member don't forget to bring your membership card with you.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers aged 12 – 24 years are needed for the Summer Reading Challenge from Saturday 24 June to Saturday 23 September to help at events and in libraries across the county.

As well as having huge amounts of fun, Summer Reading Challenge volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends and make a positive contribution to their community – all extremely valuable when later searching for work or applying for college or university places.  Anyone volunteering will need to commit to providing a minimum of 5 hours of their time over the summer and can work at a variety of times throughout the week.

There are a number of different roles volunteers can get involved in which include:

Contact Natalie McVey on 07876 144905 for more information. 

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer Application Form

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