Libraries throughout Angus have launched the annual Summer Reading Challenge, which this year focuses on circus stars.
The challenge is open to all primary school children and is simple – to read six or more library books over the summer holidays. The children are given a colourful cut out circus stage to start their challenge. In addition, there are incentives and competitions along the way.
The Summer Reading Challenge is co-ordinated by the Reading Agency and is run in 97% of UK public libraries. It is seen as important, as reading skills can decline over the long holiday.
Running alongside Circus Stars, younger children can also take part in the Bookbug Challenge. This encourages children aged from birth to four years old to discover their local library. Every time they visit the library, the collector card will be stamped.
Children need six stamps to complete the challenge. At the end of the holidays, all children who finish the challenges are invited to special ceremonies to celebrate their achievement.
Last year, more than 1500 children participated in Summer Reading Challenges organised by Angus libraries, with 185 children joining their local library for the first time.