Still time to go for gold with Tamworth Libraries!

Aug 10, 2012 by Warren

Thousands of Staffordshire’s young readers have already signed up for this year’s free Summer Reading Challenge, supported by Staffordshire County Council’s Library Service.

‘Story Lab’, the theme for this year, has been cleverly linked to London 2012, by being set in a thriving “metropolis” hosting the Olympic Games and the three stages of the challenge being divided into bronze, silver and gold.

Youngsters who start the challenge are encouraged to ‘go for gold’, read the six books necessary to complete, and be awarded with their very own Olympic style gold medal!

Library Chief, County Councillor Pat Corfield said: “This year’s challenge is proving popular with moms and dads too.

“It not only banishes the boredom without breaking the bank, but also creates a real buzz around reading for fun.”

Activities currently on offer in local libraries include a wide variety of themed art and craft sessions, cartoon workshops, an Olympic storytelling relay, giant board games and many more.

Tamworth youngsters Rowena Hill, aged 5, and Charlie Sands, aged 10 met Pat Corfield, dressed up as Professor Cortex from the “Story Lab”, at Tamworth Library when they visited to collect their completers medals.

Charlie said: “I enjoyed this year’s Summer Reading Challenge so much I read an extra book to complete the challenge. Of the seven books I chose, “The Royal Raps” by Tony Mitton was my favourite.”

Rowena added: “The Challenge and the activities are so much fun. I really enjoyed reading “Biscuit Bear” by Mini Grey.”

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven, is in its thirteenth year and is expected to attract around 760,000 young people

Charlie Sands, Rowena Hill and Library Chief C Cllr Pat Corfield.

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Children can sign up to the challenge at their local library and will receive a free starter pack.

It runs in libraries across Staffordshire until September 10 and was created by The Reading Agency, the independent charity working to inspire more people to read more, supported by children’s publishers.

Some craft activities have a small charge to cover materials.

For more information on Staffordshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge or to find out what events and activities are currently being offered, please visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries or ask the friendly staff at your local library.

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