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Children encouraged to read more books over the summer holidays
Youngsters are being urged to book themselves a great time on holiday - from their local library.
And they can win prizes if they take part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge and read up to six books during the school holidays.
Run by the national charity, The Reading Agency in partnership with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, the initiative aims to encourage youngsters to read more books.
The Summer Reading Challenge, sponsored by Tesco Bank, was launched in East Renfrewshire at Barrhead Foundry Library and Mearns Library, on Saturday with kids taking part in fun activities.
This year's theme of the challenge, which ends on Saturday, August 27, is The Big Friendly Read to mark famous children's author, Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.
All youngsters have to do is register for the challenge at their local library and start reading books. And every time they finish reading a book they'll receive a colourful collector's card featuring some of the characters created by Roald Dahl.
When a youngster has read three books, they'll get a pair of fun Rainbow Glasses and when they've completed the challenge and read six books, they'll win a kit bag filled with goodies.
Everyone who has completed the challenge will also be invited to a special presentation at their local library to be awarded certificates and medals.
Anthony McReavy, chief executive of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said:
"The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to inspire young people to read books and that's exactly what our aim is.
"We're showing youngsters just how much fun reading can be and with spare time on their hands during the summer holidays I would encourage them to head down to their local library and join in the challenge.
"They can read any kind of book they want, as the important thing is that they enjoy reading."
Photo from left to right: Kiera Simpson and Craig Smith, both aged ten, pictured at Barrhead Foundry Library and Dan Miller, aged nine and his six-year-old sister, Hannah pictured at Mearns Library.
Created on 28 June 2016