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THE summer holidays are now upon us and we are all hoping for sunshine so youngsters can get outside.

A handy tip though is to always have a book for those rainy days.

Bookbug Rhymetime: Since January Brechin Library has been running this group on a once weekly basis and it has proved to be very successful, with lots of old and new friends attending.

Mums, please remember that there is no Rhymetime during the school summer holidays.

There will, however, be a special Rhymetime on Saturday, July 23 from 11 am to 11.30 am.

The normal sessions will start back up on Tuesday, August 23 at the usual time of 11 am.

Storytime: This will continue throughout the summer holidays on a Tuesday morning from 10 am to 10.30 am.

Chatterbooks: The group has staged its last meeting before the summer holidays.

The monthly book was Mondays Are Murder by Tanya Landman.

Everyone enjoyed this book although one or two found it a little confusing but to explain why would give the plot away!

There will be no Chatterbooks during the school holidays and the group will start back on Tuesday, August 23 at 4 pm.

Anyone between the ages of eight and 12 who is interested in joining the group should contact the library.

Summer Reading Challenge: There is no need to be bored during the holidays because, as usual, the library is running the annual Summer Reading Challenge for those of you who are aged five to 11 years.

This year the theme is “Circus Stars”.

All the challenge involves is that you read one book a week over the six weeks of the school holidays and after each book you will receive a little something.

There will also be puzzles and activities for you during the six weeks, some of which there will be a prize for and at the end participants will receive a certificate and a medal or small gift at a special ceremony.

The Squeakin Advertiser is back and with its help youngsters will be able to solve the clues and find out what happened when the circus came to town and one of the acts went missing.

Other craft activities will take place as follows:-

Friday, July 15 – design your own clown face; Friday, July 22 - design your own animal face; Friday, July 28 – make your very own big top. All activities run from from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Bookbug Library Challenge: The under fives have not been forgotten and have their very own challenge.

This also starts on Friday, July 1 and involves reading six books with the wee ones, who will get little gifts after each book.

The library will hold a Bookbug Rhymetime ceremony, at which the children will receive a finishing certificate and a special little gift.

Youngsters can register for both of these challenges up until Friday, July 22.