Grantham library wants children to get hooked on books over the summer

The Summer Reading Challenge is based on a Roald Dahl theme to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The Summer Reading Challenge is based on a Roald Dahl theme to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.
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Grantham Library has joined forces with The Reading Agency to encourage children to get hooked on books by taking part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest library-run reading event. It is co-ordinated by The Reading Agency and each year over 800,000 children countrywide take part.

The challenge is to read six books during the school holidays. Children of all ages are invited to take part and they can read anything they like – fact books, stories, joke books or picture books.

Every child joining the challenge will receive a membership pack, prizes and on completion of the challenge, a special certificate. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is ‘Big Friendly Read’ – themed around the 100th anniversary of ‘Big Friendly Giant’ children’s’ author Roald Dahl’s birthday.

Janet Davies, Library Team Leader at Grantham Library, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme. Roald Dahl is a fantastic author and his books are full of amazing characters and events, all of which have really inspired the team in their planning of our events.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to help get children hooked on reading and develop a life-long love of books. It’s been proven to help prevent the trend for children’s reading skills to dip over the holidays by supporting their learning in a fun way. Its free entertainment too, so what’s not to love?”

The team at Grantham Library have been busy planning a host of activities, listed below, to encourage children to join up and take part.

REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS

Storytime – every Wednesday & Saturday 10.30am -11.00am

SPECIAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Saturday 16th July – 9am-12pm – Big Friendly Sign Up

Saturday 23rd July – 9am-12pm – Big Friendly Sign Up

Wednesday 27th July – 11am – 12noon - Big Friendly Juice & Jabber

Thursday 28th July – 10am – 11.30am Beatrix Potter Craft Activity – The 150th Anniversary Celebration.

Wednesday 3rd August – 11am - 12noon - Big Friendly Juice & Jabber

Wednesday 10th August – 11am – 12noon - Big Friendly Juice & Jabber

Thursday 11th August – 10am – 12noon - Big Friendly Crafts

Wednesday 17th August – 11am – 12noon Big Friendly Juice & Jabber

Wednesday 24th August – 11am – 12noon - Big Friendly Juice & Jabber

Thursday 25th August – 10am – 12noon – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Craft Extravaganza!

Wednesday 31st August – 11am – 12noon - Big Friendly Juice & Jabber-

Saturday 17th September – 11am-12pm - Certificate Ceremony with ‘ Roald Dahl’ Readings and special PAT dog visit.

To find out more visit the library and ask a member of staff or email the team on grantham.library@lincolnshire.gov.uk