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Let's make reading a world beater

Published Thursday, 02 July 2015

As part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2015, Enfield Council‘s libraries are getting ready to encourage young readers to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records featured in the Guinness World Records Books.


Launch of Summer Reading Challenge

2pm – 4pm Saturday 11 July
Library Green
Enfield Town Library

Organised by The Reading Agency and local libraries, the annual Summer Reading Challenge aimed at 4- 11 year olds and their families is simple and fun. It starts on 11 July and ends on 13 September.

Enfield Council is setting the scene outside Enfield Town Library on Saturday 11 July from 2- 4pm with comedy poet and author Neil Zetter performing and Alice Hemming, author of ‘The Black and White Club’, ‘Bibble and Bubbles’, ‘Robopop and a Gold Star for George’, signing books.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services, Protection & Libraries, said: “During the challenge, children are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice in the summer holidays collecting rewards along the way as they read each book. There is a certificate and medal for every child who completes the challenge.

“Children can sign up at any library in Enfield during the summer holidays– it’s absolutely free - and pre-schoolers can take part in ‘Toddle into Books’. This is all about making reading fun and establishing a good habit for life.”

This year the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records - publisher of the annual Guinness World Records book – for a ‘Record Breakers’ themed Challenge.

Collecting stickers as they go, young readers will discover the weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world in six different categories: Cool Tech, Way to Go! The Big Stuff, Animal Magic, People Power and Action! Adventure!

Parents, carers and teachers love the challenge. Not only is it free, but they can also see the difference it makes to children’s reading.  Last year over 3,000 children in Enfield took part contributing to the national figure of 800,000.

At the launch people are also being encouraged to take part in a nationwide attempt to break the world record for the most number of pledges received for a reading campaign. 

Enfield Libraries are running a varied programme of children’s activities throughout the summer.

Young volunteers are needed to help with the Summer Reading Challenge, including encouraging children to take part, talking to them about the books they have read and rewarding them with stickers and a medal.
Volunteers aged 14 and over are needed anytime during the period 25th July – 6th September.

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