A special launch event for this year's Summer Reading Challenge is being held at The Hive on Saturday 1 July from 10am – 3pm.
All families with children aged 4 – 12 years are invited to The Hive to sign up to this year's Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge, take part in free activities and meet experts from several local animal organisations. There will be a chance to meet the Pets As Therapy Dogs and Guide Dogs.
From 10am – 3pm on 1 July experts from RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), Pets As Therapy Dogs and Read2Dog Scheme, Marine Conservation Trust and Bumblebee Conservation Trust will be in The Hive sharing information about the special skills and survival instincts of the animal they represent.
Every Thursday from 27 July, 10am - 2pm on the hour every hour The Hive is running 45 minute animal activity sessions where children can learn how animals use their skills and instincts to help others and make an animal agent surprise to take home with them. Each session has a different theme and costs £2.50, booking online is recommended via The Hive website www.thehiveworcester.org/family-events
Children can also take part in free activities at The Hive every day during the school holidays between 10am to 3pm, including quizzes, games, colouring and trails, and daily story time sessions at 11am and 2.45pm.
Janine Downes, The Hive Library Manager said: "Animal Agents is a great theme for the Summer Reading Challenge and really helps to encourage and inspire children to get involved in the Challenge and keep their reading going whilst they are not at school.
"We have got lots of animal activities for children to take part in across the summer holidays and really hope that these activities will motivate even more children this year to complete the Challenge as well."
The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme produced by The Reading Agency which takes place every year and is delivered by libraries. The scheme is designed to prevent children's reading from dipping over the long summer break by encouraging children aged 4 – 12 years to read six books over the summer holidays with the promise of medals and certificates for all finishers.