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Summer Reading Challenge: Blackpool Central Library

The long summer holiday is the perfect time to sit down and enjoy a good book. After the initial giddying excitement has died down and the inevitable boredom has kicked in, there is nothing that will quench your need for adventure and prose like a great book. For children in search of a fun read this summer, Blackpool Library has come to the rescue with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge based around the theme: Creepy House.

The scheme hopes to encourage children to enjoy the activity of reading, with collectables which include bookmarks, key rings, activity sheets and more, to collect every time they finish a book. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages four to eleven years olds of all reading abilities to read six books during the long summer holidays. For children who reach the end of the challenge there is a Creepy House backpack and special certificate waiting.bat

Last year, 780,000 children took part in the reading challenge and this year promises to be bigger and better. It is important, especially when children are away from school, to keep their interest in reading up.  The Summer Reading Challenge hopes to boost children’s confidence with reading by introducing them to the library and consequently a new world of fun and enjoyment.

Even though the theme for the challenge this year is Creepy House, this doesn’t mean that the reading is limited to one genre. From factual books and joke books to story and picture books, participants are encouraged to read whatever style suits them. Evidence has shown that children respond more to books that emphasise or pique their burgeoning interests.

Blackpool Central Library is hosting fun workshops throughout August around the theme of Creepy House. The workshops will play host to storytelling, puppet shows and physical games. Upcoming workshops are on 14, 21 and 28 August from 10.15am to 11.15am. These workshops coincide with the toddler group, Rhythm and Rhyme, so siblings can come along together and enjoy the activities that Blackpool Central Library has to offer.  For days at home, the Summer Reading Challenge website is packed with author interviews, videos and games for children.summer reading challenge

Reading is not only a great boredom buster during the dragging summer holidays but it is also a gift the whole year round. So encourage your children to pick up a book and introduce them vast worlds of imagination, emanating from Blackpool Central Library’s bookshelves.

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