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Young bookworms urged to take part in summer reading

Young bookworms are invited to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge with Bedford Borough Council’s libraries.

The event challenges children to read books during their summer break in order to earn rewards and improve their literary skills.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents and there will be lots of activities and events taking place in the borough’s libraries to support the challenge.

To take part, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library. They will then receive a special collector’s folder and, as they borrow and read at least six library books over the summer, they can collect stickers to help complete the challenge.

After reading six library books children will collect an Animal Agents certificate; if they read 12 library books they will be rewarded with an Animal Agents zip tag and by reading 18 library books children will receive an Animal Agents medal.

Children can read any library books they like: fact books, stories, joke books, picture books and audio books.  As long as they are borrowed from the library, they all count.

Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “This is a great and fun initiative to help young people with their reading – especially while school’s out for the summer.

“It’s been popular in Bedford Borough over the years with more than 3,000 local children taking part last year.

“Children who participate in the challenge really benefit and this is apparent when they return to school in the autumn term. It provides a good opportunity for families to explore the range of books available at our popular libraries."

The Summer Reading Challenge runs from 15 July to 9 September. For more information, please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/libraries

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