Over 1,000 sign up for Reading Challenge in first week
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Over 1,000 sign up for Reading Challenge in first week

More than 1,000 young Glaswegians have already signed up to this year’s Animal Agents themed Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge.

Armed with their library cards, the city’s 0 - 12 year olds headed to Glasgow’s libraries in their droves during the first week of the six-week long reading activity to pick out their very first Summer Reading Challenge books.

Each year the Summer Reading Challenge, run by charity The Reading Agency, in partnership with library services and Tesco Bank, involves children aged 4-12 joining the library and reading six books, with a special mini Challenge available to the city’s youngest book fans aged 0-4.

Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “Books are bursting with amazing new worlds, fascinating people and crazy adventures and this year’s Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge offers young Glaswegians a fantastic opportunity to discover just how exciting reading can be. 

“Reading well opens up so many opportunities for young people throughout their lives and I’m sure all children will enjoy discovering new stories and cracking the clues this summer. I would urge all young people in our city to visit their local library and take part in this year’s Challenge.”

Based around an exciting new theme to inject fun and creativity, the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge is designed to motivate children to read for pleasure during the summer holidays, a time when children's literacy skills can dip with potentially damaging effects.

Last year, 3,943 Glaswegians signed up for the Challenge, with over 43,000 children taking part nationwide. Almost three quarters of a million youngsters took part across the UK.

This year, thousands of young detectives aged 4-12 are expected to descend on Glasgow Libraries to help the Animal Agents – a band of furry, slippery and feathered friends created by renowned children’s illustrator Tony Ross - solve a mysterious crime by reading six books or more. 

And mini detectives can brush up on their clue-cracking skills too with the special Animal Agents Mini-Challenge for ages 0-4, devised to encourage families to enjoy story-time together.

Eager readers keen to take up the challenge are invited to head to one of the city’s 33 libraries, sign up and read six books of their choice during the school holidays. And with special scratch ‘n’ sniff stickers, rewards and prizes on offer there’ll be loads of reasons to keep reading all summer.

Since 2011, the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland has been drawing children into their local libraries and inspiring them to read for pleasure. The challenge combines free access to books with fun social activities and a creative online element.

It’s not too late to start the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge as it runs until 4th August in Glasgow Libraries. To get started simply pop in to your local library and pick up the challenge pack or for more details visit www.glasgowlife.org.uk/libraries 

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