Libraries take up the Summer Reading Challenge

Words and photos by Dave Barry

There was mischief afoot at Filey Library during the Summer Reading Challenge.

The challenge requires children aged 4-11 to borrow six library books over the summer holiday period.

This year the theme is Mischief Makers, inspired by the children's comic Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

To take part in Mischief Makers, children have to sign up as members at their nearest library.

They are given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown, to keep a record of their reading journey, and stickers, some with mysterious smells.

By adding the stickers to their map, they help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover treasure, having fun and adventures along the way.

Mischief Makers is taking place in libraries across North Yorkshire until 8 September.

It includes a mini Gnasher challenge for pre-schoolers with stickers and certificates for little ones to collect.

“It’s the perfect time for all the family to develop the reading habit”, says Sue Wilkinson of the Reading Agency, which is working with the libraries.

“At the Reading Agency, we believe everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the challenge”, Sue said.

“Mischief Makers offers intergenerational appeal and we hope this family friendly, accessible theme will inspire more children than ever to read over the holidays and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond”.

* Filey Library reopened on 11 July, following refurbishment.

Improvements to the library, which opened in 1995, include a new children’s area designed to encourage more children and their parents to use the library.

It now has a Scarborough Council enquiry desk and more table space for customers to use the library for study, using the free wifi.