Keep Reading

June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2014, July 2014

Young people are being urged to keep reading during the summer in an initiative run by Derbyshire County Council. and the Reading Agency. Derbyshire libraries are to encourage children of all ages to read up to six books over the summer holidays to maintain their reading skills and confidence.

Each year the Summer Reading Challenge helps to get around 750,000 children into libraries nationally − and last year more than 10,000 Derbyshire children signed up.

This year we made a successful £10,000 Arts Council bid to support the event by funding additional activities organised by a range of professional artists.

Participants are encouraged to talk to our library staff and volunteers about the books they have read and collect stickers and other rewards. Those who complete the challenge earn a medal and a certificate.

The theme for this year’s challenge is ‘Mythical Maze’ and in addition to the books to read there will be storytelling, dance and craft activities led by local artists.

The challenge will be launched on Friday 11 July and run until Friday 12 September. More details are available in all our libraries or at

Young volunteers are still needed to help run the challenge in some libraries and late applications are welcome. This work can count towards Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Arts Awards.



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