Youngsters to turn detective in annual summer reading challenge

July 28 2017
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CHILDREN will turn into super sleuths to crack a case during this year’s summer reading challenge in South Gloucestershire’s libraries.

CHILDREN will turn into super sleuths to crack a case during this year’s summer reading challenge in South Gloucestershire’s libraries.

Youngsters between the age of four and 11 can take part in the challenge, which has a theme of animal agents.

It is based on a detective agency staffed by a variety of creatures who set out to solve a case at their local library with help from their friends.

The challenge runs until September 16 and is free to join. Children should go to their local library and sign up to read six library books during the summer.

As they finish each one, they will collect stickers to help them crack the clues and assist the animal agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes.

Those who manage to read all six books and solve the case will get a medal, certificate and a free child’s ticket for the Wild Place Project or a free library DVD hire.

Rachael Hunt, vice-chairwoman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Children’s literacy skills can dip during the long summer holidays but taking part in the challenge keeps children reading.

“More than 6,600 children in South Gloucestershire took part in last summer’s challenge and this year we hope more children than ever will be inspired to take part and make use of their local library.”

Libraries are also holding free activities throughout the summer to help children complete the challenge - from Bristol Zoo workshops to craft sessions and meeting a guide dog.