It may not be a record-breaking summer for weather here in Wales, but the public libraries are seeking to break some records around reading during the Summer Reading Challenge (SRC), whose theme is year is… record breakers!
The launch of the SRC took place on 10th July 2015 (I know, I’m so behind with blogging!), with Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism at Cefn Mawr library near Wrexham, north Wales. A grand total of 118 children from four local primary schools set a record for Wales for the largest number of children reading the same passage aloud from the same book at the same time. (They read from The Twits by Roald Dahl – short video clip on YouTube.)
With the school holidays now underway, public libraries across Wales (and England and Scotland) are encouraging their young readers to explore some the world records featured in the Guinness World Records Books, as well as to read six books during the six week summer holiday, with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate or medal for every child who completes the challenge.
Ken Skates said: “Reading for pleasure is important to help children develop literacy and wider skills and we should encourage children to read in all forms – from factual books like the Guinness World Records through to fantasy filled fiction, magazines, comics or the classics.”
The SRC is organised by The Reading Agency charity and the public library network, and is supported in Wales by the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government and by the Welsh Books Council. Now in its 17th year, the annual Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at 4- 11 year olds and their families and is simple, fun and free to take part. This year the Welsh Books Council are encouraging young volunteers to take part to encourage other children to participate in the SRC, as Reading Hacks.