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Big Friendly Summer Reading Challenge

CHILDREN in Westbury are invited to join in this year’s summer reading challenge; a scheme encouraging local 4-11 year-olds to read and earn prizes over the summer holiday.

Westbury Library will be joining others across the county to encourage children to read six or more library books of their choice during the summer holidays and receive collectable rewards as they progress.

Children can sign up at Westbury Library from Saturday 16th July – the challenge is absolutely free and lasts until 10th September.

Community librarian Sabina Edwards said, “This year the challenge will be delivered in collaboration with The Roald Dahl literary Estate as part of Roald Dahl 100 celebrations.

“Children will receive a Dahl themed collector’s folder, Quentin Blake illustrated postcards for each book read, special rainbow glasses when they read four books and a medal and certificate on completion.

“Last year over 6,000 children completed the challenge in Wiltshire and 42,145 books were read in total. Children and their parents and carers love the challenge, which can make a real difference in avoiding the ‘summer reading dip’.

“Children will need a library card to borrow books; if they don’t already have one it can be easily arranged.”

There is also a special website – www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk – where children can keep a record of their progress, recommend books, take part in competitions and be inspired.

For more information visit the library on Edward Street (open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) or call 01373 822294.