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Summer Reading Challenge comes to life at Airedale Library

Yvette_with_Paul_and_Jessica_Mercer_at_Summer_Reading_Challenge.JPGLocal MP Yvette Cooper and local children from Airedale had fun making their very own Creepy Creatures as part of the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

The Challenge, a Reading Agency initiative, helps get children into libraries across the country to keep up their reading skills and confidence with children aged 4 to 11 encouraged to read six books during the summer holiday. 

Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Every time children finish a book they get stickers and rewards and there's a certificate and a medal for everyone who finishes. 

Over 250 children took party last year at Airedale Library, and staff are hoping that by the end of the summer even more will have joined in this year.

The theme for the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge is Creepy House and children are being encouraged to make their own creep creatures to display in the library.  Creepy Craft activities are taking place over the summer to encourage children to keep visiting the library and there will be a certificate presentation event on 26th September.

Yvette Cooper MP said:

“The Summer Reading Challenge is a brilliant way to introduce children to libraries and reading, it’s good to see children enjoying reading stories. The beauty of the challenge is that even though there’s a theme every year, the kids can read whatever they want so there’s always a reason to get involved.

“And the extra sessions at the library give kids something creative to do while they’re off school. Everyone had a great time making their creep creature, though I’m not sure my effort was particularly creepy in the end!”


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