This year’s ‘Creepy House’ Summer Reading Challenge kicks off on 6 July and Merton Libraries are encouraging all 4-11 year olds to get involved.
Following the success of last year’s challenge, when a record number of 2,922 children took part and 1,446 completed the challenge, Merton Libraries expect to double the number of children participating this year.
The challenge encourages children to read six books over the summer and they can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books – just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Children will receive rewards as they work their way through the challenge and there’s a medal, certificate and a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes for everyone completing the challenge.
With themed events taking place over the summer holidays, each library will be hosting a launch event on 6 July to get the Summer Reading Challenge kicked off and to tell everyone about the theme and characters. Pollards Hill, Mitcham, Wimbledon and Raynes Park libraries will be holding ‘Creepy House’ themed treasure hunts to mark the occasion. Donald Hope and West Barnes will be holding craft sessions and Morden will also be holding a range of themed activities on the launch day.
The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all children and is designed for all reading abilities.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said: ‘Many of our most dedicated and active library members in the borough are children and we are encouraging all Merton’s schoolchildren to take part in this year’s challenge. Merton’s libraries are full of wonderful children’s books and there are also some fantastic free activities laid on by our libraries during the holidays. I would encourage parents to get their children involved in this really worthwhile challenge that helps to nurture our children’s love of reading.”
To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge events taking place over the coming months and how your child can get involved, visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/libraries, call 01159 293388 or visit your local library.