Big Friendly Read challenge is popular at Stamford Library

Stamford Library summer reading challenge EMN-160108-115916001
Stamford Library summer reading challenge EMN-160108-115916001
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More than 300 children have joined this summer’s reading challenge at Stamford Library alone.

In the first week of the holidays more than 300 children of all ages signed up in Stamford to take part in the Big Friendly Read - smashing last year’s record of 222.

The challenge is the UK’s biggest library-run reading event and the challenge is to read six books during the school holidays. Children of all ages are invited to take part and they can read anything they like.

Every child joining the challenge will receive a membership pack, prizes and on completion of the challenge, a special certificate. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is ‘Big Friendly Read’ – themed around the 100th anniversary of BFG author Roald Dahl’s birthday.

Lea Rickard, library team leader at Stamford, said: “We had a phenomenal response from the local schools who were very keen for all their children to take part.

“They held special assemblies for library staff to go and talk to the children about the challenge.

“We want children to improve their reading, but most of all we want them to enjoy reading.”

To coincide with the challenge staff in Stamford are running Roald Dahl themed craft sessions and Big Friendly Reading Group sessions every Tuesday morning. The next craft session will be on Thursday, August 18, between 2pm and 4.30pm, themed on Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

And children can still sign up to the challenge at any local library.