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Libraries in Stamford, Bourne, Market Deeping and Rutland prepare to launch Summer Reading Scheme

Libraries are launching a summer challenge this weekend to encourage children to read during the school holidays.

The Reading Agency's scheme has been adopted by libraries across Rutland and Lincolnshire.

This year's theme is Space Chase to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge (13650658)
The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge (13650658)

The scheme challenges four to 11-year-olds to read six books of their choice during the summer holiday.

Entrants will be introduced to the Rockets, a futuristic family on the trail of aliens in space.

The aliens are jumping from galaxy to galaxy helping themselves to books from the Moon Library.

Readers will help them solve clues and receive stickers and rewards along the way to track their progress.

Manager of Stamford Library, Lea Rickard, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to help get children hooked on reading and develop a life long love of books.

"It’s been proved to help prevent the trend for children’s reading skills to dip over the holidays by supporting their learning in a fun way."

Registrations opens on Saturday (July 13) but children can sign up any time during the summer.

This year the Deeping Community Library is opening up the challenge to under threes and secondary school children.

Toddlers will receive stickers and teenagers will be entered into a draw to win a £20 Amazon voucher.

Library volunteer Liz Waterland said: “The reading challenge is extremely popular and we had a record number of finishers last year.

“This year we wanted to ensure all young readers are included.”

Space Chase launches at libraries in Oakham, Uppingham Ketton and Ryhall tomorrow (Saturday) with crafts between 10am and midday.

County councillor Lucy Stephenson (Con) said: “The challenge is always fantastic for our libraries and a fun way to encourage literacy and learning during the school holidays.”

Registration also starts at Stamford Library tomorrow where staff hope to beat last year's 450 entrants.

The library will host space activities every Monday from July 22 until August 29 between 10.30am and 11.30am.

There will also be crafts on Thursday July 25, August 8 and August 29 from 10am until midday.

Registration also opens at Bourne Library tomorrow .

The challenge ends on September 14.

The Reading Agency spokesman, Sue Wilkinson, said: “We hope the challenge will inspire children to use their library and to read lots of great books."

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