Become a special agent by reading this summer

Join the Animal Agents at your local library for this year's Summer Reading Challenge!

Children will be given clues while reading library books over the summer holidays which can then be used to help solve mysteries posed by the agents, such as why things are disappearing from the library and why there is graffiti on the walls.

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays and almost 250,000 children have taken part in Hertfordshire since it began in 1999 and among them will have read well over one million books during their summer holidays. Last year’s challenge saw a record-breaking number of more than 20,000 youngsters taking part, and organisers hope to see as many, if not more, signing up this year.

Terry Douris, Executive Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said: “The school holidays are a great opportunity for children to immerse themselves in a wonderful book, and this summer’s reading challenge makes it even more fun. Our libraries have a large range of books and other facilities, so it’s a great chance for children to make the most of them.”

To take part in this year’s challenge, children must read six library books over the holiday period, and talk about their books with a library volunteer. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

Each time they visit the library, they’ll discover new clues and evidence. They can use their wits and power of observation to sift through the clues, and will receive stickers as they work through the challenge.

Once the challenge is completed, the children will be invited to a special awards ceremony, where they will receive a certificate and a medal.

This year’s challenge runs until September 9th. Pick up your free pack at a Hertfordshire Library while stocks last or visit www.animal-agents.org.uk to find out more. The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading all year round: find new books to read, take part in competitions and play games.

(Source: Hertfordshire County Council)

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