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Take a Giant Leap into Glasgow Libraries

Space Hop
01/07/2010

Take a Giant Leap into Glasgow Libraries this Summer

Libraries across Glasgow are getting ready to launch children into orbit for an intergalactic adventure that will keep them reading throughout the school summer holidays....the 2010 Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is just one of many exciting initiatives Glasgow libraries are promoting to help children love reading. The Summer Reading Challenge is an immensely popular and successful reading initiative. Now in its twelfth year it reaches 725,000 children aged four to 12 years annually via the UK library network. It is created and run by The Reading Agency, the independent charity working to inspire more people to read more, and is supported by children’s publishers.

The 2010 Summer Reading Challenge has a space theme. Called Space Hop, it will enable children to boldly go to new worlds, to discover the joy of reading and nurture a life-long love affair with reading and books. Space Hop coincides with the 350th anniversary of The Royal Society’s scientific endeavours, and the 2010 BBC Year of Science.

Each year the Summer Reading Challenge to children is simple. They’re encouraged to read six or more books of their choice during the holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the challenge.  Children can sign up at their local library and all materials are absolutely free.

Councillor George Redmond, a spokesman for Glasgow Life, said: “The Summer reading challenge helps Glasgow’s young people to make the most of the school holidays by visiting their local library. Space Hop is free and opens up new worlds using books and activities available in every library in the city.”

The Summer Reading Challenge adventure starts at your local library, where young Space Hoppers meet Finn, Jessie, Nabil and Safiya – the crew of the Ex Libris – as they embark on their mission to set up the first lunar library. Unless the dastardly Spacekatz lead them into the nearest black hole.....

An interactive Space Hop (www.spacehop.org.uk) website has been launched linking children with top authors and illustrators, and giving them space to talk about their favourite books and to share reading ideas. Space Hop also promotes their local library as a place of wonder for children, where librarians can offer them invaluable advice and guidance to help them on their mission.                 


Notes to editors:

The Reading Agency is an independent charity working to inspire more people to read more. It is funded by the Arts Council and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. (www.readingagency.org.uk)

Importance of reading for pleasure for children’s life chances: Reading for Change, OECD, 2002. This showed that students who were more enthusiastic about and engaged in reading performed better in tests, and that being a frequent reader was more of an advantage, on its own, than wealth or social status.

The Summer Reading Challenge 2009 report showed that:

  • 725,000 children took part across the UK in the 2009 Challenge, called Quest Seekers – an increase of 5% on the 2008 total
  • 19,000 boys took part (44% of participants, up from 42% in 2008)
  • 95% of libraries in the UK were involved
  • 47,000 children signed up as new library members
  • 19.7 million children’s materials were borrowed over ten weeks June to September
  • The Quest Seekers website attracted 106,850 visitors, visiting the site 218,000 times, with just under a million page views.
  • 216,000 children and their families took part in thousands of events run by libraries, making the connection between written works of the imagination and cultural and creative activities

Visit www.readingagency.org.uk/children/summer-reading-challenge for more facts and to download the 2009 report.

 
 
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