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Article date - 01 July 2021
Organised by The Reading Agency and delivered by public libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge is an Arts Council-funded initiative which asks children aged 4-11 to read six books over the summer holidays before the start of the new academic year.
Year 6 school-aged children will be given the opportunity to join from Monday 5 July, with the challenge then open for any child from Monday 19 July. Participants will then have up until Saturday 4 September to complete the challenge.
During this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, St Helens Library Service is hosting a series of fun and creative crafts sessions in libraries across the borough, tied in with the nature theme ‘Wild World Heroes’ which looks at making a difference to the environment - a key priory of the council.
Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, said:
“The annual Summer Reading Challenge is one of the biggest and most popular events on the library service's calendar.
“Reading is such a wonderful gift that should be encouraged from an early age, for it can only have only positive effects on a young person’s development. That’s why the council will continue to support initiatives like the Summer Reading Challenge as it introduces future generations to the fascinating and creative world of literature.”
To register for the Summer Reading Challenge and to book on for the activities taking place over summer – for which places are strictly limited – contact your local library.