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Children invited to join Mischief Makers at Staffordshire’s libraries

Children from across Staffordshire are invited to sign up to read six books this summer as part of the county’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The scheme asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer holidays. The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers!

As children read their books, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

The scheme is running at all Staffordshire libraries throughout the summer.

Gill Heath, Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council said:

“The Summer Reading Challenge is always incredibly popular and I’m sure this year’s will be just as much fun.

“It’s a great way of encouraging the kids to read over the summer and last year over 11,000 children signed up for the challenge. Reading really is a great way for youngsters to let their imaginations run wild and keep the boredom at bay during the six week holiday. I’d definitely encourage parents to get them signed up at their local library.”

The Summer Reading Challenge is being organised by the Reading Agency.  Sue Wilkinson, CEO said: “At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. Mischief Makers offers intergenerational appeal and we hope this family friendly, accessible theme will inspire more children than ever to read over the holidays and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond.”

People can find out more at their local library, at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries or at www.readingagency.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge