Children’s author Alan Nolan visited Portlaoise Library recently to launch this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Little did he expect to find the host of mythical characters that greeted him.
There was everything from an angel to an avatar and something like the Loch Ness Monster in between. Students from Maryborough National School and Scoil Mhuire Primary School dressed up as mythical creatures to represent the theme of this year’s challenge ‘Mythical Maze’. All were determined to complete the challenge by reading six books this summer.
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 July 1 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, a sticker and a wristband.
The theme for the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge is Mythical Maze.
Every time a child reads two books they get stink stickers to collect for their Mythical Maze and everyone that finishes all six books, is invited to the grand finale in October to receive a bookmark and gold medal.
The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school children and is designed for all reading abilities. Schools work with local libraries and give out information to encourage children to take part. Find more information on www.laoislibraries.ie and Facebook or phone your local library.