Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Children Invited to Reading Challenge; SUMMER PROJECT AIMS TO ENCOURAGE A LOVE OF READING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Children Invited to Reading Challenge; SUMMER PROJECT AIMS TO ENCOURAGE A LOVE OF READING

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Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR

IT'S been fun and games for Tyneside bookworms this summer. Children have been enjoying a wide variety of activities during the school break, designed to encourage a love of books and reading.

Newcastle libraries, including the High Heaton branch, have been staging a programme of workshops as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

The annual event, which for 2009 has the theme of Quest Seekers, is being held across all Newcastle libraries and is supported by the Chronicle.

Janice Hall, access to learning manager for Newcastle libraries, said: "The activities at the libraries have been really popular. "They are a great way of introducing young people to their library and if we can get them to come through the doors during the summer holidays, we hope they'll want to come back throughout the year.

"Reading is so important for young children. It can help to develop their language skills and improve their communication generally.

"Reading during the long holiday is particularly important, as it means children will be better prepared when they return to school."

Quest Seekers is aimed at primary-age children and each child who takes part is asked to read six books during the summer holidays.

Youngsters can join at their nearest branch library, or the new City Library, and can follow their progress by collecting Quest Seekers stickers and a poster. Already, thousands of children have signed up to the challenge and dozens have completed it. There are still several activities to be held at Newcastle libraries. Here are some of the highlights: The Magic of Magnets - Tuesday, August 25, 3.15-4.45pm at West End L i b r a r y. The Magic of Science Show - Thursday, August 27, 2.30-3.30pm at Blakelaw Library. Lava Lamps - Friday, August 28, from 2-3.30pm at Newburn Library.

Last year, more than 3,200 children in Newcastle took part in the challenge. The aim for 2009 is to get twice as many youngsters involved and there is still plenty of time to sign up. …

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