Published: Tuesday, 9th October 2018

Thousands of residents of all ages took part in Medway Council’s Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

The theme for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018 was Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The challenge encouraged four to 12-year-olds to borrow and read six library books during the summer holidays - 3,077 children took part and 1,711 young readers completed the challenge.

As children read library books they received special stickers, some with mysterious smells, which they could add to a treasure map. Young readers used the map to help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover a hidden treasure chest full of pranks.

Medway Council also encouraged teenagers and adults to read this summer. More than 600 people took part and 326 readers completed the challenge. Those who read six books were entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a range of prizes including a gym membership, books and more.

'Reading is not only for fun, but it is a fundamental skill for life'

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge helps foster a love of reading in young people, they are able to choose what they read and have fun whilst doing it. Reading is not only for fun, but it is a fundamental skill for life. Our libraries and community hubs are not just about reading they also offer a large range of services for residents.”

The Summer Reading Challenge will return in July 2019.

For more information about Medway’s 15 libraries and community hubs, and to access our online library services, visit

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