Families are invited to join Worcestershire's Libraries & Learning team at National Trust Croome, near Pershore, on Saturday, 27 June, for the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge launch of Record Breakers.
Entry to Croome on that day is free to all families with children who sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge at any Worcestershire library or at the launch.
Once inside visitors can meet and listen to celebrity children's author Cathy Cassidy, whose popular books include 'The Chocolate Box Secrets' and 'Shine on Daizy Star'.
Families can also enjoy puppetry performances and workshops, pop-up theatre, family trails around the parkland and explore the new Schools Library Service mobile library as well as visit Croome Court, park, play area and café. Just remember to bring your library card with you and your picnic blankets and if you are a National Trust member, your National Trust card.
The Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative, co-ordinated by The Reading Agency, which encourages children aged four to 12 to read six or more library books during the school summer holidays, and offers incentives along the way.
Every year there is a new theme and this year the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records - the global authority in record-breaking achievements and publisher of the annual Guinness World Records™ book – to establish a 'Record Breakers' themed challenge. Every time a child finishes a book they get a Record Breakers sticker and rewards.
As part of this year's theme The Reading Agency is also aiming to set a Guiness World Records title for the most pledges received for a reading campaign and everyone taking part in the Summer Reading Challlenge will have a chance to be involved.
Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said:
"This year, through our popular partnership events with the National Trust Croome and our library staff and volunteers, we are hoping more children will sign up and complete the challenge than ever before. Children's reading can often dip during the summer. The Record Breakers, Summer Reading Challenge tackles this by engaging children with storytelling and reading through the long summer holiday."
Rachel Sharpe, Local Partnerships Officer for the National Trust, said:
"Everyone at Croome is very excited to be hosting such an enjoyable event. The last two years have been enormous fun and this year’s events will be even bigger! We’re looking forward to sharing this very special place with families from across Worcestershire!"
As well as signing up to the Challenge at Croome anyone wishing to take part can also sign up at their local library from 27 June. The Challenge ends on 19 September.