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Sign up now for the Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge

Published on Wednesday, 20th July 2016 in Families news

Libraries across Rotherham launched the ‘Big Friendly Read’ Summer Reading Challenge on Saturday 16 July and there’s still time for children to join in.

The challenge asks four to 11-year-olds to borrow and read any six library books before the end of August.

It has a new theme each year, and this year’s challenge is the ‘Big Friendly Read’, with characters and activities linked to the wonderful world of children’s author Roald Dahl.

Last year, 1,600 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 in which they can collect unique collector cards with illustrations by Quentin Blake.

Rotherham Council’s Customer and Cultural Services Manager, Elenore Fisher, said: “This year’s Summer Reading Challenge celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the birth of the much loved children’s author Roald Dahl. We encourage children to take up the challenge during the school holidays and discover more about the wonderful stories and colourful characters involved.”

The popular books of Roald Dahl include The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. These magical stories will capture the imagination of children in Rotherham.

When children borrow and read at least six library books over the summer they will collect cards and earn rewards, leading up to a special certificate and medal if they are successful.

“We look forward to welcoming children who take part and guarantee they will have lots of fun,” added Elenore Fisher.

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, but there is a small charge for attending the weekly craft activities.

To find out more contact your local library

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