More than 800 children signed up in just two days last weekend (7th- 8th July) to take part in Leicestershire libraries' Summer Reading Challenge, which this year celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic.
The ‘Mischief Makers’ themed-event will encourage children to collect rewards as they complete the challenge with medals and certificates collected when they finish reading or listening to six library books during the summer holidays. Children aged four to 12 can sign up to take part.
When children are off during the summer, their reading can often dip. The Summer Reading Challenge is a really fun and engaging way to encourage young people across the county to keep up their reading skills.Person:Richard Blunt, county council cabinet member for libraries
The library service has also launched a new, digital service, ComicsPlus, to support the youngsters in the Summer Reading Challenge.
The online collection features titles for children, teenagers and adults including Transformers, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Adventure Time.
The digital comics and graphic novels can be borrowed free through the Leicestershire Libraries website or by downloading the free Comics Plus app.
As well as borrowing books from the library, children can read the Beano online for free using Leicestershire Libraries’ PressReader service which gives library members access to thousands of eNewspapers and eMagazines.
Look out for Mischief Makers events in your local library. To sign up, or more information, visit any Leicestershire library, or head to www.leicestershire.gov.uk/summer-reading-challenge
To find out more about our digital library, or download titles for free, visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/digitaldownloads