Wrexham Libraries launched their annual Summer Reading Challenge this week with a special visit from children’s favourite Peppa Pig.
Peppa joined the Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham in declaring the Summer Reading Challenge officially open together with an opportunity for children to register for their summer reading adventures.
Children between 4 and 11 are encouraged to read six or more books of their choice and visit the library a minimum of three times during the summer holiday whilst collecting rewards along the way. Every child who completes the challenge will receive a medal and certificate and be entered into a draw to win a brand new bike.
The challenge is designed for all children, whatever their ability, to get them hooked on reading for life. Children can read any books they like as part of the challenge, including fact books, stories, joke books, pictures books – audio and e-books count too!
Dylan Hughes, Libraries Officer, said: “Reading is not only an essential life skill, but also a great source of enjoyment for children. Instilling a passion for reading early on is crucial to help them develop their skills and our libraries can play a central role in supporting this.
“This project is a fantastic way to get our children reading and I encourage everybody to visit their local library this summer to take advantage of what’s on offer”.
There was something for the grown ups too as Wrexham Library held afternoon tea and activities in aid of Hope House Hospice.
Library staff baked cakes made from recipes available in library cook books to raise funds for the worthy cause whilst the Coffee Shop arranged a raffle with a range of prizes, including a meal for two at the Coffee Shop.
Over the summer period, Wrexham Libraries have a host of exciting activities to get involved with, including Creative Writing Club, Summer Crafts and Story Time. Call into your local branch for a copy of ‘Summer Bonanza’ or log on to www.wrexham.gov.uk/libraries for details.