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 this year libraries everywhere are celebrating around the theme of Mischief Makers in celebration of The Beano's 80th anniversary.
The challenge is for all children aged 4 to 12 years with the aim being to borrow and read six books between Saturday 23 June and Saturday 22 September 2018.
How to sign up and why
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 23 June from 10am - 4pm (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.
Volunteers aged 12 to 24 years are needed for the Summer Reading Challenges 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.