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The Big Friendly Read, make your very own Dahl character


''I is reading it hundreds of times,' the BFG said. 'And I is still reading it and teaching new words to myself and how to write them. It is the most scrumdiddlyumptious story.''

Gloucestershire Libraries is reminding children and young people that there is still time to join up with this year's summer reading challenge, The Big Friendly Read, and there are lots of events happening to get involved in.

Over the next few weeks there are several clay modelling and craft sessions across libraries in the county where young people will be able to make and keep their favourite characters from the wonderful books of Roald Dahl.

On Monday 8th August from 11am, Tuffley Library will be hosting a paper plate crocodiles and tortoises craft event, and on the 11th Coleford will have an Esio Trot clay making event from 2.30pm.

Cheltenham Library is hosting a Fantastic Mr Fox clay event on the 15th and 16th August from 11am, whilst children will be able to make their very own BFG at Nailsworth Library on the 17th August at 11am.

Young people visiting Winchcombe Library on the 19th August will also be able to make characters in clay, whilst Tetbury Library are putting on a special Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired chocolate treasure hunt on the 6th August at 10am.  

"Cllr Andrew Gravells cabinet member for Libraries said, "I am  very pleased  to say that lots of children have already taken part in the challenge this year, which is great fun,  but also helps stop the dip in reading levels over the summer. Our Library staff are making the events fun and exciting for our younger readers, and potential readers.

"I encourage all families to take part and enjoy the events taking place across the county to help us make this the best summer reading challenge yet!"

There's a whole programme of events and activities planned in Gloucestershire libraries for families over the rest of the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including clay modeling, sweet making, BFG crafts and much more. Just contact your local library or go to to find out how to take part.

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