TAMESIDE COUNCIL LEADER
CRAZY about crime fighting? Wild about wildlife? Well even if you’re not perhaps you know some little ones who might be.
Allow me to introduce this year’s summer reading challenge.
The theme is Animal Agents and features a whole host of clever creatures, ready to solve all kinds of crimes!
The band of furry and feathered characters are specially trained to use their skills and natural instincts to unravel mysteries.
The idea is simple. Over the summer holidays we are challenging children aged four to 11 to sign up to the Big Friendly Read and read six library books from their local library.
Not only is it fun, it’s also absolutely free.
Furthermore, every child who completes the challenge will be a proud recipient of a medal, wristband and certificate celebrating their achievement.
Here in Tameside, any child who completes the Big Friendly Read before Saturday, September 23 will also be entered into a special prize draw for a chance to win an experience for up to eight people at either the Sky High Adventure Centre, Total Adrenaline, Hyde Leisure Pool or iPlay Zone courtesy of Active Tameside.
If you want to join in the Big Friendly Read you can do so by signing up at any one of Tameside’s libraries. Last year more than 2,500 children took part, and this year we intend to go one better.
To help anybody who joins along in the challenge, our libraries will be putting on a series of activities such as treasure hunts, crafts and games.
As with everything else in the Big Friendly Read, these events are free and there’s no need to pre-book.
But the Big Friendly Read is just one part of the larger programme of activities we’re putting on for children and families this summer.
Our countryside teams and museums will also be getting in on the act with a variety of free and fun indoor and outdoor events.
Check out the latest edition of What’s On for details.
So if you want to your children to have fun and learn this summer in Tameside have a look to see what activities suit you.
From reading challenges to live plays, countryside walks to beekeeping, come and join us and get your next few months sorted.
● Tameside council leader Kieran Quinn