Summer reading challenge

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Aberdeenshire Libraries’ long running Summer Reading Challenge has again been launched.

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s epic voyage into space, the challenge has a space theme and is called ‘Take off with a Good Book’.

The challenge requires children to read six books of their own choice over the summer holidays, and age appropriate prizes are available for those who complete it.

Two competitions also run alongside the challenge; one to complete a space themed story begun by author Deborah Leslie and secondly to design and make a spacecraft from recycled materials.

Councillor Richard Stroud, chairman of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, said: “Last year 8,805 children took part in this reading activity which has been running in its present format for 11 years. In this electronic age, children of all ages still enjoy being read to and reading books for themselves, whether it is a story or finding our facts from a non-fiction title. “The success of the Summer Reading Challenge hinges on it being fun, accessible and flexible.”

Councillor Isobel Davidson, vice-chair said: “Good quality partners are key to the success of the Summer Reading Challenge and Aberdeenshire Libraries has been fortunate to have the support of Total E&P UK over the last 11 years helping to provide exciting prizes for children completing the challenge and entering competitions.”

The organisers design the challenge to ensure that children of all abilities are able to take part.