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Libraries celebrate as over 11,000 children take the Summer Reading Challenge

Over 11,000 children from across the county have taken part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Now, Staffordshire’s library service who are behind the scheme are calling on children to make sure they finish the challenge and claim their prizes.

As part of the scheme, The county’s 4-11 year-olds were challenged to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays.

This year’s theme was Animal Agents, based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends. As children read their library books over the summer, they have been collecting stickers to help them crack the clues.

Gill Heath, Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council said:

“The Summer Reading Challenge is always incredibly popular amongst our young readers and once again we have been delighted with the number of children signing up.

“Reading is the perfect way for youngsters to let their imaginations run wild and has helped to keep them busy over the summer holidays. This year we also had an army of volunteers helping out with the challenge, so once again, I’d like to pass on a big thanks to them too.”

Animal Agents has been running throughout the summer holidays and finishes on 11 September. People can find out more at their local library or at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries