Calling all children ….Merton launches the “Reading Maze”

Merton Library and Heritage Service invite all Merton’s children to take part in our summer 2003 reading scheme, ‘The Reading Maze”, which runs from Saturday 26 July to Saturday 30 September in all Merton’s libraries.

Merton Library and Heritage Service are extremely pleased to announce that the “Reading Maze” will be launched on Saturday 26 July at Mitcham Library by children’s author Bridget Crowley, author of, amongst others ‘Step into the Dark’, published in 2002, and ‘Feast of Fools’ published in 2003. On display will be artwork and poetry that some of the pupils from Cricket Green School did with Bridget when they went to the National Portrait gallery earlier this year. All children, parents and teachers are welcome to attend.

All children taking part will get colourful stickers and a wallet. In this we would like children to write their own review of a book that they have read – they won’t be tested – but we might ask them what they thought of the book. The aim of the initiative is to encourage children to enjoy books, and share them with their family and friends. During the initiative each child’s name will be displayed in the library they attend and if they complete the “Reading Maze”, they will receive a medal and certificate.

In addition, there are also some great competitions and prizes. Age 7 and under can enter a colouring competition, and Age 8 and over can be creative by entering the design a bookmark competition. The winning bookmark will be printed by Merton Library and Heritage Service and will be available FREE at all libraries in the Borough.

There will also be a book reviewing competition for Ages 7 and under (colouring), or Ages 8 and over (writing). The winners will all be invited to the grand prize giving on Saturday 27th September at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, to co-incide with The ‘Word@Polka’, the only annual children’s literature festival. Also if their school is one of the top three in the borough that have the most pupils taking part, then the school will get a prize too.

The Polka Theatre, Fielders Bookshop, and the Odeon Wimbledon are sponsoring the initiative.