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14 July: Get Reading This Summer

Author: Anna Copperwheat, Media Officer, CBC Published: 10th July 2012 16:14

Story-LabCentral Bedfordshire Council are planning an event in every single one of their libraries to celebrate the launch of the annual Summer Reading Challenge, run by the Reading Agency, on 14 July.

Now in its 14th year, the Summer Reading Challenge has been a huge success both nationally and closer to home. In 2011 a record 5955 children took part in Central Bedfordshire reading over 60,000 books between them.

Act Out Theatre will be giving exciting and interactive performances at each library to bring books to life. Shows are aimed at children aged between 4 - 8 and they will need to sign up for free tickets to attend the shows at their nearest library.

Details of events taking place in the summer in all of the council‘s libraries and how to sign up can be found on the Virtual Library http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/libraries

The Summer Reading Challenge is free for all children to take part in. They are encouraged to read six or more books of their choice during the holidays with collectable incentives and rewards. They receive a certificate for reading six books, a wristband for twelve and a medal for every child who reads eighteen.

Story-LabThe 2012 Challenge, called Story Lab, is a truly imaginative adventure in which Professor Cortex asks the Story Lab kids Will, Rani, Evie and Lex to recover three lost items to boost the imagination of the Story Lab which attracts stories from all over the world and sends them spinning throughout the city - and beyond!

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "This year's Challenge sounds fantastic - there really is no excuse for children to be bored over the holidays! It gives children a personal challenge that builds their confidence and love of reading at the same time and is part of an exciting summer of activities in Central Bedfordshire's libraries. Let's see if we can beat last year's record of children taking part!"

Story Lab will have a link to the 2012 Olympics and is an official project in the Cultural Olympiad's London 2012.  An interactive Story Lab (http://www.story-lab.org.uk) website has also launched, linking children with top authors and illustrators, and giving them space to talk about their favourite books and to share reading ideas.

(images supplied by CBC)


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