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Children invited to join Mischief Makers at Dundee Libraries

Children invited to join Mischief Makers at Dundee Libraries

Dundee Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge 2018. Mischief Makers launches in libraries across Dundee on Tuesday 26 June (2-3pm) with Illustrator Jill Calder and St Francis RC Primary School (P7) at Hub Community Library & Learning Centre and runs until the end of August.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers! As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned in Dundee libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including comic workshops, family bingo, coding and arts and crafts.  Just contact your local library to find out how to take part.

Dawn Irvine, Library & Information Worker, Children’s Centre, Central Library said

“This is a very exciting time of year for us, as we anticipate the start of the summer reading challenge. We hope the Mischief Makers theme captures the imaginations of all young readers across the city. Last year nearly 800 children took part and we hosted over 150 different activities to support the challenge. It’s all about taking part, reading for fun and children being rewarded for their efforts – all for free!”

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said

“At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. 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."