Date: 15/07/2008 Category: Arts and Libraries
Young bookworms listen up. This summer holiday you’re being challenged to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge. This year is the national year of reading and to celebrate Medway library service is encouraging children aged from four to 12 years to read six books during the summer break. This year the scheme has a sports theme to tie in with the Beijing Olympic Games in August. All you have to do is pick six books of your choice from your local library and earn stickers as you complete each one. There is a medal at the end for everyone who finishes all six books. On Saturday, 20 September children who have completed the reading challenge will be invited to a treasure hunt and medal ceremony at Riverside Country Park between 10am and 3pm. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe launched the scheme at Wigmore Library with the help of pupils from St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary. He said: “This is an excellent scheme to encourage children to pick up a book and learn to love reading. This will certainly keep them busy all summer long.” For more details log on to www.medway.gov.uk/libraries Picture captions: Cllr Howard Doe with pupils from St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary at Wigmore Library. Luke Bean (nine) and Rhia Weatherstone (eight) launch the Summer reading Challenge with Cllr Doe.