Special webpages launched for Libraries' Summer Reading Challenge

2 July 2020

To encourage children to read more over the summer, Cheshire West and Chester Libraries has launched its own special "Read" webpages - www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/read.

They include a host of online events and competitions for children in the borough, to complement the national Silly Squad website organised by The Reading Agency for this year's Summer Reading Challenge.

The Challenge aims to encourage children to read more over the summer and was launched virtually on Friday 5 June. It will run throughout the summer until September.

Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins, said: "Our new 'Read' webpages have something for everyone to enjoy this summer not just children. In recent weeks many of us have turned to our love of books and reading for comfort and entertainment. I hope our Read pages will help both children and adults share the happiness and enjoyment books can bring.

"In keeping with this year's Summer Reading Challenge theme - 'Silly Squad' - there will be a special page of videos of our library staff telling jokes and children will be encouraged to send in their own jokes too. It's going to be a summer of reading fun.”

Events include storytimes from pantomime dame Mama G, a reading of the Twits by professional storyteller John Kirk, an acting workshop from the Little Actors Theatre in Neston, a guide to do computer animation from Mako Create, animal handling, dance and other activities. All of the events will be free, online and will be open for booking two weeks before the date of the show.

Children will have the chance to win one of several £20 book tokens for doing a book recommendation, writing a short story, a silly drawing or sharing a positive memory of lockdown.

In addition to the website, there will be more fun stuff happening on the library Twitter @cwaclibraries and on Facebook @cwaclibrary accounts, including videos produced by the Museums service and Institute of Physics.

In addition to the Silly Squad pages, the Read site will also include links to the Julybrary competition for teenagers and the Adults Read Two challenge for adults.

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