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Children invited to join the ‘Silly Squad’ with Gloucestershire Libraries


Gloucestershire Libraries are calling for children to keep reading over the summer holidays by joining the ‘Silly Squad’ for the Summer Reading Challenge 2020.


By signing up on the Reading Agency’s website, children can take part in the challenge. The aim of the challenge is to keep children engaged and interested in reading. Children can set their own challenge this year, although the recommendation remains at six books. The challenge started online on 5 June and runs until 5 September.

‘Silly Squad’ is a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter featuring a team of mad-cap animals who love to make people laugh. But be warned, a mysterious baddy is hoping to spoil their fun!

In Gloucestershire there will be a launch on 13 July which ties in with the introduction of collection services of some of our libraries. This will be followed by an online programme of activities and ideas throughout the summer holidays created by Gloucestershire Libraries to keep children busy and reading until they go back to school in September. 

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There will also be a pack to collect in libraries for families who take up one of our collection services (reserve and collect or off the shelf). These packs will contain activity sheets to support the online summer reading challenge.

Despite the different approach we have had to take this year we hope to engage with as many children as we can, support them with their reading over the summer and enable them to have fun along the way.

Jane Everiss, head of libraries and registration services at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know from previous years that families and children love taking part in the summer reading challenge. We hope that children will enjoy the online activities presented by this year’s challenge. In addition to this in Gloucestershire we are reaching out to vulnerable children by offering a pack of materials to children in care and some families who use food banks regularly. The aim of this is to include those children who do not have digital access at home or who have limited access.” 

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The summer reading challenge is a great way to encourage young people to keep up with their reading skills over the next few months and has always been a popular event in Gloucestershire. The challenge makes reading fun and can improve children’s reading range, motivation and confidence. By providing summer reading packs, we also hope to reach those families who may struggle to access the online activities on offer.”

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