Busy summer at Brechin Library

Children took part in reading challenges during the summer

Children took part in reading challenges during the summer

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End of the school holidays has marked the finish of a busy summer for staff at Brechin Library, who held a number of reading challenges.

Arlene Henderson, senior library assistant, explained: “Our summer reading challenges were great successes and many an enjoyable afternoon has been spent with the young ones who attended our craft and activity afternoons.

Brechin libraryhad a busy summer

Brechin libraryhad a busy summer

“The staff had great fun helping to decorate candles, make bookmarks, build towers, blow bubbles and play hoopla and more.”

One of the challenges during the holidays involved guessing how many books would be borrowed as part of the ‘Record Breakers’ scheme. The winning guess came from Abbi Reid, who was only 35 away from the actual borrowed total of 452.

Another challenge was to see how many items could fit in a little treasure box the library handed out. Arlene said: “Unbelievably, the total was 65 and this was collected by Zuzanna Popiela, who won herself a family ticket to this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, at the Webster Theatre in December.”

The children all came together at the library this week to receive their medals and certificates for successfully reading six books over the summer, and joined in with the staff who took them on a Bear Hunt.

Arlene added: “It’s fair to say that quite a few bears were seen escaping down the library steps and off into Brechin! Thank you to all who took part over the summer.”

As part of Heritage Week, which runs from September 4 to 11, the library will be stocking town trails and maps.

Angus Heritage Week incorporates Doors Open Days which allow access to buildings which are not normally open to the public; in Brechin these include The Dalhousie Centre and Kinnaird Castle.

Arlene added: “Why not celebrate Angus Heritage Week 2015 with a short walk round your local town taking in some of the most interesting buildings, collect your town trail and map from the library and follow the guide to identify the buildings from the clues, there is a prize for the winning entry.

“Why stop at Brechin, you can learn about every town in Angus with these trails and have a pleasant walk around your neighbouring towns at the same time.

‘‘So, pop into the library for your trail and to collect a copy of Angus Heritage Week 2015 programme as there are plenty of events on offer during the week.”