900 take part in book challenge

Young Angus bookworms read more than 19,000 books this summer with Angus Libraries.

Primary school aged boys and girls took part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge while babies, toddlers and pre-school children enjoyed Bookbug’s Library Challenge.

Nearly 900 children signed up for this year’s challenge, “Story Lab”, with more than half successfully reaching the finish line by reading six books or more during the holidays.

At special ceremonies throughout Angus in August, the boys and girls who completed the challenge each received a medal and certificate and enjoyed entertainment with games and some special guests.

Co-ordinated by The Reading Agency and with 760,000 children aged four to 11 in the UK taking part, the Summer Reading Challenge is the biggest national reading initiative.

In Angus, 70.3 per cent of boys and girls aged four to 12 already belong to one of their local libraries. Now library staff want to encourage more of their young readers to use the library all year round, not just over the summer.

Every Angus Library hosts regular activities, clubs, story times and more for boys and girls from babies to teens. Activities are informal fun and they’re all free.