Join in the Big Friendly Read this summer at Long Sutton and Spalding libraries

Summer reading challenge participants from 2014.
Summer reading challenge participants from 2014.

The libraries at Long Sutton and Spalding have 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. There are no rules.

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.

The teams at Spalding and Long Sutton have been busy planning a host of activities, listed below, to encourage children to join up and take part.

SPALDING WEEKLY EVENTS

Tuesdays, 2pm to 2.30pm – Storytime for under 5s.

Thursdays throughout the holidays, 2.30pm – Big Friendly Drawing Fun.

SPALDING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Saturday, July 16:9am-1pm – Big Friendly Reading Challenge launch event.

Thursday, July 28:10.30am-11.30am – Big Friendly Activities with stories, crafts and games.

Thursday, August 18: 10:30am-11.30am – Big Friendly Activities with stories, crafts and games.

Saturday, September 17: 9am-12.30pm - Certificate Presentation Event.

LONG SUTTON WEEKLY EVENTS

Fridays, 10.15am-10.45am – Big Friendly Storytime for under 5s.

Thursdays throughout the holidays, 2.30pm – Big Friendly Drawing Fun.

LONG SUTTON EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

The Big Friendly Craft Table will be full of crafts and puzzles throughout the summer during library opening hours.

Sharman Morriss, team leader at Spalding 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.”

And Nicola Rogers, operations mManager for Long Sutton Library, said: “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 proved 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?”

To find out more pop into the libraries and ask a member of staff or email the teams on spalding.library@gll.org or long_sutton.library@gll.org