An­i­mal Agents try to crack the case

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THIS year’s Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge for chil­dren aged four to 11 will be avail­able in Rochdale li­braries from July 15 through­out the school sum­mer hol­i­days.

The Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge is a fun way to en­cour­age chil­dren to keep read­ing over the hol­i­days.

Pre­vi­ous chal­lenges have en­gaged hun­dreds of chil­dren en­joy­ing a good read and I can thor­oughly rec­om­mend it to chil­dren, their par­ents and car­ers as a great way to spend sum­mer hol­i­day time.

Whether a child is an avid or re­luc­tant reader, a fan of tra­di­tional print books or prefers read­ing dig­i­tal ver­sions on a phone or tablet, the Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge is a fun and to­tally en­gag­ing way to dis­cover the world of sto­ry­telling.

For many it will lead to a life en­hanced by a good read and for some it may even be the first step on the road to be­com­ing the writ­ers of the fu­ture.

This year’s Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge is based on the theme of An­i­mal Agents, with char­ac­ters de­signed by award-win­ning il­lus­tra­tor Tony Ross.

There’s some­thing pe­cu­liar hap­pen­ing at the lo­cal li­brary – and that’s where the An­i­mal Agents come in!

It’s a de­tec­tive agency manned by all kinds of clever an­i­mals – furry, scaly and slip­pery – and these guys are out to crack the case with a lit­tle help from their friends.

From solv­ing the case of the graf­fiti writ­ing, to the strange case of a miss­ing lunch, chil­dren aged four to 11 can join in the fun with the An­i­mal Agents by read­ing along.

The Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge is free to join. Chil­dren just need to be mem­bers of the li­brary (which is free to join too).

They can pop into their lo­cal li­brary to col­lect their spe­cial An­i­mal Agents-themed folder and choose any books (tra­di­tional printed, e-books, e-au­dio­books or e-graphic nov­els) to bor­row from the thou­sands avail­able.

By read­ing and vis­it­ing the li­brary through the hol­i­days they’ll re­ceive a host of stick­ers for their fold­ers (some with mys­te­ri­ous smells), plus other good­ies and will help the An­i­mal Agents solve the mys­tery.

If they read any six books by the start of next term, they’ll be awarded a medal and spe­cial cer­tifi­cate.

For more in­for­ma­tion in the Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge and other li­braries events, visit www. rochdale.gov.uk/li­braries.

Li­brary as­sis­tant Neil McLaran is work­ing on the Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge

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