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Children invited to join Mischief Makers at St Helens Libraries

Article date - 13 July 2018

This year's Summer Reading Challenge is now underway and St Helens Libraries Service is calling for children to sign up and read six books over the summer holidays.
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The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

As children read library books they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Based and Focused Services, Councillor Anthony Burns, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is one of – if not - the biggest events on the library services’ calendar which has seen thousands of children take part in over the years.

“Reading is such a wonderful gift that can significantly enhance a child’s learning development, so it would be great to see a good number of youngsters take part in this rewarding and fun initiative once again.”

 The Challenge will run until Saturday 1 September.

 There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned across all libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge.  Just contact your local library or go to sthelens.gov.uk/librarycatalogue to find out how to take part.

The Reading Agency is the leading charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with our partners, our aim is to make reading accessible to everyone. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.  www.readingagency.org.uk


Beano: The Summer Reading Challenge is excited to be working with Beano in their 80th anniversary year. This iconic comic, recently refreshed for a new generation of fans, will bring its unique humour to the Challenge to help us celebrate reading, creativity, friendship and fun!  Beano Studios creates hilarious, rebellious entertainment worldwide including, digital content on www.beano.com , TV shows (catch Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed on CBBC) and the legendary comic and No.1 selling annual.


Libraries Connected is a membership organisation, representing heads of library services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We take a leading role in the development of public libraries through advocating for the power of libraries, sharing best practice and leading the debate on the future of the public library service. www.librariesconnected.org.uk