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It's Creepy in the library this summer

Thursday, 27 June 2013

This year's Summer Reading Challenge in Hampshire's libraries takes on a Creepy House theme to boost the imagination of children and encourage them to get into reading.

This year, Hampshire County Council is inviting children to step into the 'Creepy House' and fill it with a strange assortment of characters by collecting stickers for each book that they read. Some of the stickers are truly smelly too!

Once children have read six books, they will receive a certificate and a gold medal (while stocks last).

The Summer Reading Challenge runs from Saturday 13 July 2013 to Sunday 15 September 2013 in all of Hampshire County Council's libraries and is aimed at 4 to 11 year olds.

The Summer Reading Challenge is totally free of charge and last year almost 24,000 children took part across Hampshire's libraries. This year the Council hopes to encourage even more children to take part and complete the challenge.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Keith Chapman, said: "The Summer Reading Challenge is an ideal activity for children starting school in September - they do not have to read to be able to take part, but can talk about the books that they have had read to them.

"The Summer Reading Challenge has been running for twelve years in Hampshire and every year, more children are inspired to take part. We really encourage youngsters to get involved in this fun, free challenge, that helps to fire their imagination and keep up their reading skills over the long summer break, before they return to school in the autumn."

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