Nearly 400 people take part in Angus’ online summer reading challenge

28 Aug 2020 | News Story

ANGUSalive’s Summer Reading Challenge attracted 382 children and adults who were set the task of reading six books over the school summer holidays.

The annual reading challenge normally sees participants visit their local library to borrow books, but this year the initiative was moved ‘online’ due to lockdown. Children and adults were able to read their own books or download eBooks or eAudiobooks though ANGUSalive’s online library using their library card.

There were also additional activities offered in the new format including online games, quizzes as well as author and reading suggestions to keep all ages engaged and entertained.

The challenge also saw the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook group achieve over 1,200 reactions with nearly 500 comments with people sharing their books of choice and book reviews. 

Christine Sharp, Adult and Communities Libraries Lead said: “Sadly due to Coronavirus, our libraries couldn’t run the challenge in the usual way but we felt it was important to engage with our members and the local community to offer an online way to connect with them.

“We also felt that it was particularly important to continue to run the project due to nursery and school children being absent from school since March. Children’s reading can dip over the summer holidays if they do not have access to books and encouraged to read therefore our challenge was able to continue to provide this support to them.

“We’re delighted with the uptake we’ve had for the online version and the positive feedback received.”

Children and Learning Convener, Cllr Derek Wann said: “The ANGUSalive Summer Reading Challenge promoted reading for pleasure by encouraging children and adults to read six books over the summer holidays. It highlighted not only the importance of life long literacy skills, but also the fact that reading is fun! Angus readers must have agreed because 382 of them registered to take part.

“As The Cat in the Hat (Dr Seuss) says: ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’ Well done to ANGUSalive for reminding everyone that reading is one of life’s best and simplest pleasures.”

The most borrowed ebooks in the Summer Reading Challenge was ‘My Babysitter is a robot’ by Dave Cousins, ‘All that’s Dead’ by Stuart Macbride and ‘Saints of the Shadow Bible’ by Ian Rankin.

If you registered to take part in the challenge and have not yet sent your details of completion, please email:

For access to e-magazines, e-comics, and borrow e-books and e-audiobooks for free register online at our website

ANGUSalive has already introduced a new Click and Collect Service at Arbroath, Forfar, Carnoustie and Montrose Libraries with Brechin, Monifieth and Kirriemuir Libraries opening for Click and Collect during September.

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Shay McCormack, receiving his goodie bag after completing the reading challenge

Shay McCormack, receiving his goodie bag after completing the reading challenge