Worcestershire County Council Libraries and Learning Service are inviting all Worcestershire families with children aged 4 – 12 years to the launch of Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017.
The launch is taking place at National Trust Croome, near Pershore on Saturday 24 June from 10am – 4pm.
The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme produced by The Reading Agency which takes place every year and is delivered by libraries. Because children's reading can dip over the long summer break the scheme encourages children aged 4 – 12 years to read six books over the summer holidays, with medals and certificates for all finishers.
On the launch day, within the beautiful setting of National Trust Croome, families will be entertained across the day with a special author talk from comic creators The Etherington Brothers – creators of Monkey Nuts and contributors to Star Wars, Transformers, the Dandy and Wallace and Gromit, storytelling sessions, a theatre performance from The Royal Grammar School and music from Worcestershire Intermediate Wind Orchestra. 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.
Children can also sign up to the Challenge at any of the county's libraries from Saturday 24 June.
Worcestershire's libraries are also organising lots of activities in connection with the challenge (ask in your local library for details), and there are two more fun filled days with author talks and events on Wednesday 26 July and Wednesday 23 August.
Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with National Trust Croome again this year for the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge and it's great news that The Etherington Brothers are joining us. The Etherington Brothers are the amazingly creative team behind Malcolm Magic, Monkey Nuts, Baggage, Tusk, and more! Definitely not to be missed.
"The Summer Reading Challenge is such a brilliant scheme and because of the support of our partners, and the energy and enthusiasm of the library teams and volunteers our launch events get bigger and better every year. But most importantly more and more children in Worcestershire are taking part as it really makes a difference to reading skills and enjoyment over the long summer holiday. I really hope the sun is shining on the day, as for me that's the icing on the cake!"
Rachel Sharpe, National Trust Croome Creative Partnerships Manager said: "The Summer Reading Challenge is back at Croome for a fifth year running, and we can’t wait! Over the past five Summer Reading Challenges visitors from all over Worcestershire have visited us, taken part in the activities and enjoyed all Croome has to offer. We are looking forward to sharing this beautiful place with all our readers and their families once more, with a brilliant programme of events for the day in one of the most beautiful settings in the world."