Hun­dreds booked in for sum­mer fun

Rochdale Observer - - NEWS -

MORE than 900 young book­worms took part in this year’s Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge across the bor­ough’s li­braries.

Tak­ing place dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days the an­nual chal­lenge en­cour­ages chil­dren aged up to 11 to read six books.

The theme this year was ‘An­i­mal Agents,’ with li­braries get­ting on board with a range of an­i­mal­re­lated read­ing and craft ac­tiv­i­ties.

All chil­dren who com­pleted the chal­lenge were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates and medals.

Ten of the bor­ough’s 17 li­braries saw an in­crease in the num­ber of chil­dren com­plet­ing the chal­lenge com­pared to last year.

All chil­dren who com­pleted the chal­lenge were en­tered into a prize draw. To­day (Satur­day) the Mayor of Rochdale will present one ran­domly se­lected par­tic­i­pant with a fam­ily ticket to the Spynosaur event with author Guy Bass, be­ing staged as part of Rochdale Lit­er­a­ture & Ideas Fes­ti­val next month.

The Wheat­sheaf Shop­ping Cen­tre sup­ported the pro­gramme, run­ning an An­i­mal-Agents in­spired colouring com­pe­ti­tion. From over 80 en­tries re­ceived, the win­ner was nine-year-old Taniya Kabir who col­lected £250 of toys from the cen­tre. All the en­tries are on dis­play on the lower mall, next to Wilko’s.

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