TAME­SIDE COUN­CIL LEADER

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Coun Kieran Quinn

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

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