Get ready to go Bats for Books this summer!

Suffolk Libraries are appealing for volunteers to help with the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge which has the exciting theme of Creepy House this year.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a successful campaign by the Reading Agency which works with libraries to engage and encourage children to keep reading through the long summer holiday with a series of fun and exciting activities and challenges.

Children earn stickers and other rewards, with a certificate for everyone who completes the challenge of reading six library books.

All children with a library card can take part for free and it is easy to join at any library in Suffolk. There are long lists of spooky books to appeal to older and younger children but you can read any library book as part of the challenge. We have books about coins, cars , or cookery; stories about dogs, dinosaurs or disasters; picture books about teddies, trains or trains .

The Reading Challenge always involves a fantastic team of volunteers who support libraries to provide help for children with their reading and in running events in libraries through the summer. If anyone is interested in getting involved this summer, they can contact their local library. Anyone who is 14 and over can volunteer to help.

Children will be able to sign up to the Creepy House reading challenge from 21 July and after they have read their first book, will get a poster which divides the Creepy House into three sections which they move through as they read each book. The Reading Challenge runs until 8 September.

Last year nearly 3,800 children in Suffolk completed the challenge and nearly 2,300 joined the library to take part so it’s also a great way of introducing children to what their local library has to offer. The Summer Reading Challenge now accounts for 20% of all books issued annually by UK libraries.

Comments from last year’s Reading Challenge:

“Parents said it helped their reading development during the holidays. Some enjoyed reading as a family and the challenge was the incentive and at the heart of it.”

“My daughter only reads in the holidays because of the challenge, it’s the perfect incentive.”

“I really loved reading all the books.”

Anyone looking for more information about the Summer Reading Challenge and how children can sign up will be able to find out more at their local library in July.

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