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This year’s Christmas Reading Challenge set to be a cracker

This year’s Christmas Reading Challenge set to be a cracker

Young readers are being encouraged to get involved in Glasgow Libraries’ festive tradition, as this year’s Christmas Reading Challenge is launched.

Primary three pupils from Bankhead Primary School visited Knightswood Library in the north of the city to get in the Christmas spirit and select some favourite winter reads.

Book lovers aged 0-12 are being challenged to read three library books over the festive period and discover tall tales and wonderful new worlds during the dark winter nights.

Little book worms keen to take up the Christmas Reading Challenge are invited to head to any of the city’s 33 libraries from Monday, 2 December and borrow three books of their choice.

Andrew Olney, Head of Communities and Libraries at Glasgow Life, said:


This festive period, all 33 of the city’s libraries are inviting young Glaswegians to come in and get involved in this fantastic reading challenge.

Nothing sparks young people’s imagination like Christmas does, and last year more than 1,000 children took part in the Christmas Reading Challenge. We hope this year’s challenge will inspire even more children city-wide to curl up with a tale of their choice and keep reading throughout the school holidays.

The challenge aims to encourage children to visit their local library and benefit from the wonder of books throughout the holiday period.

Youngsters have a host of cracking Christmas reads to choose from much-loved authors including David Walliams, Julia Donaldson, Karine Polwart, Debi Gliori, Anthony Browne and Coo Clayton, to keep them reading all winter long.

To take part in this year’s Christmas Reading Challenge, which runs from 2 December – 4 January, young Glaswegians simply need to pick three books from their local library Participants will earn certificates and will be entered into a special prize draw.

Head down to any of Glasgow’s 33 libraries to sign up for the Challenge. Visit to find out your local library’s opening times throughout the festive season.