Children will get to learn about weird and wonderful records from around the world when they take part in this year’s Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge at Hertfordshire County Council's libraries.
The challenge, which begins on Saturday 11th July and is free to enter, will encourage children to read six books from the library over the summer, collecting stickers as they go. This year, the young readers taking part will get the chance to learn about different world records.
The challenge is open to children of all ages and reading abilities. They can choose any books they like from our libraries, be it fiction, non-fiction, or even audio or e-books. Very young children can have books read to them; it still counts and is a great way to introduce them to books and the library.
Children who have completed the challenge will be invited to a special awards ceremony, where they will receive a certificate and a medal. They will also be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win a ‘Golden Ticket’ for an exclusive author event.
Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a wonderful example of how Hertfordshire County Council’s libraries are inspiring children to read. It is primarily about having fun and enjoying books. However research also shows that children who have taken part are more likely to have maintained or even improved their reading levels when they return to school in September than those who have not."
Record Breakers packs will be available in all Hertfordshire Libraries, including mobile libraries, from Saturday 11th July until Saturday 5th September 2015, while stocks last. A special launch event will be held at Welwyn Garden City library on Saturday 11th July, where there will be lots of free activities to join in with.
Children can also visit www.recordbreakers.org.uk for more fun and games, and make links with authors and other children taking part across the country.
Hertfordshire Libraries are also inviting 11-18 year olds to get creative with their reading this summer by taking part in ‘ImagiNation’ – a free reading and arts project designed with the help of young people. Using library books as their inspiration, young people can create comic strips, write reviews, make movie trailers, even perform dance routines, and share their artwork and ideas with others via the ImagiNation blog.
For more information, visit www.hertsdirect.org/libraries, phone 0300 1234049, or drop in to your nearest library.
Source: Hertfordshire County Council