Children can join in a summer of mischief at Cheshire West and Chester libraries this summer.
The borough’s library service is calling for children to read six books over the summer holidays as part of Mischief Makers, which is the theme of this year’s summer reading challenge.
Aimed at 4- to 11-year-olds, the theme is inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.
Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become the ultimate mischief makers.
As children read library books for the summer reading challenge, they will receive special stickers – some with mysterious smells!
By adding the stickers to their maps, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.
To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map to keep a record of their summer reading challenge journey.
Mischief Makers launches in libraries across Cheshire West on Saturday 14th July 2018 and runs until Saturday 8th September 2018.
There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at libraries across the borough over the summer for families to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, everything from fun science to making your own comic book.
See the council’s website for details of what is happening in your area.
CWAC cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, Cllr Louise Gittins said: “Parents and carers love the challenge too, not only is it free but they can see the difference the summer reading challenge makes to their children’s reading.”
Cllr Gittins explained: “Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. Children who take part in the summer reading challenge return to school in September as more fluent, confident, happy readers.
“Last year a total of 5,204 children took part the summer reading challenge in Cheshire West which was an increase of 3 per cent compared to the previous year.
“I hope we see an increase in numbers again this year.”
Libraries are also looking for young people to volunteer to help with running the challenge and other events during the summer holidays.
If you are aged between 13 and 24 and would like to get involved, please call into your local library for details.