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Children needed for Beano themed reading challenge - and there's prizes!

04 July 2018

Libraries across Stockton-on-Tees are calling for children to get involved in the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

Image of Children at Beano themed reading challenge

From Saturday, July 14, children aged four to 11 are encouraged to borrow and read any six library books over the summer holidays.

This year's theme is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved title Beano, which is celebrating its 80th birthday.

When they sign up, children will be given a colourful map of Beanotown, and after each book they will receive special incentives to finish the challenge along the way.

By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover a hidden treasure chest full of pranks.

Children who complete the challenge will be entered into a free prize draw and they will receive a certificate and a medal.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "The Summer Reading Challenge is always a popular scheme, with 1,754 children across the Borough visiting their local library to take part last year.

"Research shows that reading for pleasure is central for a child's life chances and their reading can dip during the long summer holidays. This challenge is a brilliant way of retaining their reading skills and confidence.

"We want to stress that it is not a competition, but a personal challenge within a particular time frame which offers them incentives to read. I encourage all school children to take part - it's fun, free and very family-friendly!"

You can sign up at any library across the Borough. For more information visit 

For a list of all library events and activities happening over the summer pick up a Stockton Libraries Summer Holidays Activities Guide at your local library or visit Libraries and archives.