Bath & North East Somerset Council is encouraging children aged between 4 and 11 to sign up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Working with the Reading Agency, all libraries across Bath and North East Somerset including the mobile library, will be taking part in the challenge, which aims to keep children reading throughout the summer school holiday.

Those who sign up will need to borrow and read six books; these can be fiction, non-fiction, older picture books or even audio books. Books can be picked up from the area’s libraries between Saturday 15 July and Saturday 9 September. Upon return of the book participants should ask a member of staff to stamp their reading record. Once six books have been read a certificate and medal will be given to the child, subject to availability.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘animal agents’ with launch events taking place on Saturday 15 July at the following venues:

Keynsham Library, 11am-12.30pm
Conservation K9 Consultancy sniffer dogs.
This event is free but tickets must be collected or reserved in advance

Midsomer Norton Library, 10.30am-12pm
Balloon modeller.
This event is free and not ticketed.

Bath Central Library, 2pm-3,30pm
Balloon modeller.
This event is free and not ticketed.

Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is always a popular activity for children and families to get involved in. Not only do the children feel a sense of achievement at completing the challenge, but it also helps to maintain or even improve their reading level throughout the long summer break.

“Parents also enjoy the challenge, reading to and with their children and discovering more about their interests and the things they enjoy.”

To sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge you need to be a member of the Bath & North East Somerset Library Service, which you can join at any branch. When borrowing books for the challenge, you must show your library card each time you visit.

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