It might be the summer holidays but there’s no reason not to read books – lots of them, free of charge.
Swindon Libraries wants to recruit a record number of participants for this year’s challenge and to make things even more exciting is a tie-in with the Guinness Book of Records to create the Record Breakers reading campaign 4 to 11 year olds and their families.
Last year Swindon children read a record 13,684 books throughout the summer holidays and library organisers are challenging youngsters to join in and aim for another record by reading 14,000 books.
Children can sign up at their local library, then read six books, and collect stickers for each one. After reading their first book youngsters can enter a competition to win prizes ranging from books, to vouchers donated by local businesses.
After four books they receive a voucher for a free DVD from Swindon Libraries. When the sixth book has been finished readers will receive a free entry voucher for Beale Park (subject to availability). And there will be a random draw for the lucky winners invited to a party at The Platform in September.
On days that you can’t get to the library, visit www.recordbreakers.org.uk which has lots of information, videos of authors talking about their books, a place for children to record what they’ve read and Book Sorter, where youngsters can recommend book to others.
The challenge runs until Sunday 6 September.
Visit a Swindon Library for information and to register to take part, or mail queries to: email@example.com
Find out more at the libraries blog page: www.swindonlibraries.wordpress.com
Record Breakers is produced by The Reading Agency, in association with Guinness World Records™, supported by Arts Council, England, and delivered by libraries.
Pictured, North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson at the launch of this year’s summer reading challenge