We're supporting the campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge. It's the UK's largest reading for pleasure promotion and the council is calling on people of all ages to pledge to use their local library over the summer and help them set a Guinness World RecordsTM title. Libraries around the country are collecting pledges between Friday 10 and Monday 13 July "“ for further information visit recordbreakers.org.uk/record .
Our Library Development Manager, Richard Young said "Last year, we saw 6,000 children sign up for the Reading Challenge and, with over 2.5 million visitors each year, we hope to break our own record this year by getting even more to take part this summer.
"Research shows that reading for pleasure is vital for children's life chances, and that those who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers. The Summer Reading Challenge builds confidence and independent reading, while preventing the dip in children's literacy levels during the long break from school. Last year's challenge saw 810,000 children across the UK reading during the summer holidays."