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Sign up now for the Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge

Published on Tuesday, 20th June 2017 in Council news news

Can you bear the excitement and crack the cases of some animal themed mysteries?

Libraries across Rotherham launch the ‘Animal Agents’ Summer Reading Challenge on Saturday 15th July and there’s plenty of time for children to join in.

The challenge asks four to eleven-year-olds to borrow and read any six library books before the end of August.

It has a new theme each year, and the 2017 challenge is ‘Animal Agents’, which invites children to become detectives by solving the mystery of a strange crime that’s taken place at the library.   

Last year, over 1,800 children signed up to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge over the summer holidays. Rotherham Library Service is aiming to have even more children signed up this year.

To take part in the challenge, children need to sign up at their nearest library. They’ll receive a special folder after reading their first two books and they can collect stickers which will add clues to help them crack the case.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cultural Services, Cllr Taiba Yasseen, said: “This year’s summer reading challenge features all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery! These guys need a little help from their friends to crack the cases. It includes solving the case of the graffiti writing to the strange case of a missing lunch. Children can join in the fun with the Animal Agents by reading along.

“When children borrow and read their library books over the summer they will collect stickers and earn rewards, leading up to a special certificate and medal at the end of the holidays if they are successful. 

“Young readers will help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes and who is to blame! We look forward to welcoming children who take part and guarantee they will have lots of fun.”  
There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Rotherham Libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including weekly crafts and activities for children. 

Children can take part in the Summer Reading Challenge for free, however a small charge for attending the weekly craft activities helps us to cover some of our costs and ensures more fun activities are available throughout the year. 

Contact your library to find out more

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