Ten thousand children take part in county reading challenge

OVER 10,000 children from across Staffordshire have taken part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Now, the county’s library Service who ran the scheme are calling on children to make sure they finish the challenge and claim their prizes.

As part of the scheme, Staffordshire’s 4-11 year-olds were challenged to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays.

This year’s theme is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Children have been exploring a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers!  Lots of fun activities have been taking place in the county’s libraries throughout the summer holidays.

Leek Rural county councillor Gill Heath, Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council, pictured, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is always a big hit with our young readers and this year’s Mischief Makers  has been just as exciting.

“Over 10,000 children signed up for the scheme which is brilliant news with over 3,000 children completing the challenge so far.  There’s still time to go until the challenge finishes on 10th September so I would encourage people to make sure they read their six books and claim their prizes.”

People can find out more at their local library or at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries