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Gloucestershire's marvellous libraries and the big friendly read


Gloucestershire libraries are inviting young people to take part in this year's scrumdiddlyumptious summer reading challenge and win a gold ticket to visit the Museum of Gloucester's amazing robot exhibition.

Libraries everywhere are celebrating 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller - Roald Dahl. This year's summer reading challenge is celebrating that, named 'the big friendly read', and gives children and young people the chance to join the fun.

The challenge runs from Saturday 16th July - Saturday 10th September, so there is plenty of time to join and complete the challenge. Anyone who completes the challenge will receive a medal and certificate for reading six books.

Anyone wishing to join in can do so at their local library. When they do, they will receive a free collector folder to keep special big friendly read cards. The cards, some of which are scratch and sniff, are fabulous Quentin Blake illustrations from some of Roald Dahl's best-loved stories.

Young people are encouraged to take two books at a time, and they will be given two cards each time for the six books.

Taking part is completely free and is a great way to keep busy during the summer holidays.

Nearly 10,000 children aged 4 -12 took part last year in the "record breakers challenge", and the council hopes even more will join in this year.

All children who do take part will also receive a gold ticket for free entry to the Museum of Gloucester's amazing Robot Exhibition. On a second visit to a library, they will also receive a voucher for a giant chocolate mouse from Gloucester Life Museum.

Libraries have been busy preparing fantastic displays with Gloucester Library building a giant, Charlton Kings a huge Wonka chocolate bar and Longlevens Library a Giant Peach, all inspired by Roald Dahl stories. Prestbury Library has an actual prop from the 2005 remake of the film, Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, in the shape of the iconic Wonka bar.

At Hesters Way Library, knit and natter groups have been knitting tortoises in celebration of Esio Trot. Children at the library who complete the challenge will get a knitted tortoise.

Young people aged 13-24 can join in too by volunteering and joining the Reading Hack, which can be used for CVs, UCAS points, DofE or personal statements.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for Libraries said: "The big friendly read is a great opportunity for families to visit their library and join up for the summer reading challenge.

"Come and make some new friends at your local library this summer with the big friendly read."

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