OVER 4,000 children from across the county have signed up for Staffordshire libraries Summer Reading Challenge in the first three weeks.
Activities have been running across the county’s libraries with this year’s theme ‘Mischief Makers’, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.
The scheme is asking 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer holidays. Children are exploring a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers!
As children read their books, they 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.
Gill Heath, Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is always a real hit with children and families over the holidays and it’s great to see so many youngsters signing up.
“There’s lots of fun activities running across all our libraries and it’s a great way of keeping children interested in reading over the summer. I’d definitely encourage parents to get their children signed up at their local library if they haven’t already done so.”
The scheme is running at all Staffordshire libraries throughout the summer. 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.
People can find out more at their local library or at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries