Laois Libraries’ summer reading

Children's author Erika Mc.Gann , pictured with  Sixth Class pupils from Scoil Bhride ,Portlaoise , at Portlaoise Library for the launch of  The 2013 Summer Reading Challenge .               Photo: Michael Scully - no reproduction fee
CHILDREN’S author Erika McGann visited sixth class from Scoil Bhríde to launch this year’s summer reading challenge.

CHILDREN’S author Erika McGann visited sixth class from Scoil Bhríde to launch this year’s summer reading challenge.

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The annual summer reading challenge helps get hundreds of children in Laois into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence.

The summer reading challenge encourages children to read six books during the long summer holiday. Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. From today July 2, they can bring their library card to register for the challenge. (For those children not yet members, just bring a parent or guardian with their photo ID and proof of address and membership is free.) They get a starter pack along with a ‘glow in the dark’ wristband.

The theme for the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge is Creepy House. Every time a child finishes a ‘level’ (ie two books) they get ‘stink stickers’ to collect for their Creepy House and everyone that finishes all six books, is invited to the Grand Finale in October to receive a bookmark and gold medal. Find out more from the local library.