MP visits children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge

Left to right: Emilie Stevens, Rachel Maclean, Stanley Fletcher
Left to right: Emilie Stevens, Rachel Maclean, Stanley Fletcher
Published Thursday, 26th July 2018

The MP for Redditch Rachel Maclean dropped into the town's library to take part in the popular Summer Reading Challenge.

Libraries across the county are putting on special events and activities all themed around this year's Summer Reading Challenge.


Mrs Maclean was at Redditch Library on Wednesday (25) and got a feel for the buzz around the challenge.


Activities included Storytime - Where the Wild Things Are and craft activities where children made a spinning drum followed by music with the drums they made. 


Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities at Worcestershire County Council, said: "It's great that the MP visited the library and saw, first hand, the great work being carried out there.


"The Summer Reading Challenge is so important in getting children reading while outside of school and really gets them excited and engaged with books."


Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said: "It was great to pop in to the library to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge. This is a great way of encouraging youngsters in Redditch to pick up a book and delve into another world. I would encourage parents in Redditch to bring their kids along to the library this summer and take part in this exciting challenge.”


Redditch and Woodrow Libraries are running activities each week throughout the summer including 'Become a Wild thing', 'Nursery Rhyme Trouble Makers' and 'Revolting Recipes'. For more information about events taking place at these libraries visitors can pop in and speak to a librarian. Or visit them on Twitter @RedditchLibrary and Facebook @redditchlibrary. 


The Summer Reading Challenge, run by The Reading Agency and Worcestershire Libraries, aims to get children reading over the summer holidays. Reading tends to dip during this time and it is important to keep children interested and enthusiastic about reading outside of school hours.


Children can sign up at their local library now. They then need to read six books throughout the challenge and are rewarded at various points along the way. For those children who complete this they are invited to a celebration ceremony at the end. Best of all, this is completely free.


This year's theme is Mischief Makers to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Beano.