Today, children from St Fergus RC Primary School enjoyed a special event at Ardler Community Library to celebrate the start of the annual reading challenge for children in libraries across Dundee as part of the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland.
Run by national charity The Reading Agency in partnership with Scotland’s libraries and Tesco Bank, the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland encourages children to read six books during the summer holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.
With a grant from the Live Literature scheme run by Scottish Book Trust, the Library and Information Services team at Leisure & Culture Dundee have put the funding towards bringing along storytelling duo Macastory. They are Fergus McNicol and Ronnie Fairweather who perform a mixture of stories, poems and songs on a bewildering array of subjects. They enthuse and inspire young learners through the wonder of live storytelling, developing a love of stories and in turn language.
The Reading Agency and libraries across Scotland have worked together to create a new theme for the Challenge, and this year it is Animal Agents based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack the case with a little help from their friends.
Tony Ross, UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator who has worked on bringing this year’s theme to life, has designed exclusive collecting cards which feature the Animal Agents characters and fun activities for the children to take part in as they progress through the Challenge.
Fiona Macpherson, Children’s Library & Information Services Section Leader at Leisure & Culture Dundee said
“This is one of our favourite times of the year as there is no other free reading activity that involves so many children. It gives us another great opportunity to encourage children to choose books freely and introduce families to their library.”
Adele Mills, Senior Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank comments
“Reading for pleasure is a fantastic way of spending some enjoyable time during the long summer holidays so we’re delighted that children from Dundee got involved through their local library. The Challenge aims to inspire 40,000 children across Scotland to participate during their break from school and events like this will undoubtedly have a positive effect on their future.”
The Challenge will run in Dundee from Thursday 22 June to Saturday 26 August 2017.
Children can sign up at any of Dundee’s 14 local libraries, then read at least six library books of their choice to collect special stickers and other incentives along the way – all for FREE.