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Library sets space-themed children's reading challenge

07 July 2010

Jersey Library is aiming to keep children reading throughout the school summer holidays with the launch of Space Hop, the 2010 Summer Reading Challenge.

Children aged 4 – 11 years can register for Space Hop from Thursday 15 July at Jersey Library, Les Quennevais branch library and the mobile library. Each child will receive a membership card and a collecting folder when they register.

Over the summer holidays, children read 6 library books of their choice. They tell library staff about the books they have read, and for each completed book they get a sticker to go on their collecting folder. Some of the stickers are scented. When the sixth book is completed and the sixth sticker collected, children will also receive a special wristband which glows in the dark.

Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a medal and certificate during a school assembly in the autumn term and will also be entered into a prize draw.

The senior librarian at the Young Readers Department, Linne Omissi, says “It’s all free fun, which is out-of-this-world news for parents. The Summer Reading Challenge is just one of many exciting schemes public libraries all over the UK are developing to help children love reading. So mums, dads, carers and children, pop down to the library and find out more.

“The Summer Reading Challenge gets more popular every year; last year 1,928 children in Jersey took part, an increase of 16% on the previous year. Children have fun and consolidate their literacy skills into the bargain.”

Summer Reading Challenge website

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