Free green reading challenge for school holidays

Merton libraries are encouraging young people aged 4 -11 to make a difference to the environment as they read their way through the ‘Big Wild Read’ Summer Reading Challenge during the school holidays.

To complete the challenge, participants must read six different books and along the way they will learn about protecting nature and making a difference to the environment.

There will be a range of treats to help readers in their ‘Big Wild’ reading adventure through out the challenge.

Library staff will be on hand to suggest interesting books and will host events to help encourage children’s imaginations.

The Challenge runs until 8 September 2007 culminating with a grand award ceremony for successful readers in October at the Wimbledon Odeon. Prizes will be awarded to the lucky winners by children’s author, Paul Geraghty in the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor Philip Jones. Some of the prizes on offer include family passes to Chessington World of Adventures, Books etc vouchers, tickets to see Dr Doolittle at the New Wimbledon Theatre and spaces on the Fulham Football Club October Soccer Course.

Councillor Maurice Groves, Merton’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said:
‘Last year the summer reading challenge was spectacular and attracted over two thousand children. This year there is an environmental theme and we hope this will encourage young people to find new ways to make the planet better for everyone.’

For more information please call 020 8545 4040 or visit