Take part in ANGUSalive’s Summer Reading Challenge 2020!

16 Jun 2020 | News Story

ANGUSalive’s library buildings may be temporarily closed but that’s not going to stop readers taking part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge 2020.

This year ANGUSalive libraries will be taking the Summer Reading Challenge online with an all-new digital aspect to keep children reading over the summer holidays and to encourage a love of reading for pleasure. 

The challenge is open to all children and adults at all reading abilities, with the theme for this year being ‘Reading Ahoy’, and will take place from 29 June - 16 August.  This year children can read their own books or download eBooks or eAudiobooks though our online library and the RBDigital app using their library card.

The challenge encourages children and adults to read six books during the summer holiday. Although there is a different theme each year, participants can read whatever they like – novels, fact books, joke books, poetry, comics, picture books or audio books.  Everyone who successfully completes the challenge will receive a small goodie bag which can be collected from their local library once it re-opens.

Sylvia Main, Children & Families Library Lead for ANGUSalive, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge has always been a fantastic way to ensure children keep up their reading skills over the summer holiday.  Children's reading can 'dip' during the summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This year, in light of Covid-19 and social distancing measures, it’s more important than ever to ensure that children are encouraged to read for pleasure and avoid the ‘dip’.  The Summer Reading Challenge is also a great way to motivate youngsters as part of home-schooling.”

“Encouraging children to read independently and to read more has huge benefits for their development and educational achievement.”

“We have a Reading Ahoy facebook group to support those taking part where they can find book suggestions to help participation and tips and ideas to keep reading going.  It’s a place for children and adults to rate and review their books as they work towards their reading goal. It also features crafts, games, quizzes, and digital (downloadable) activities to encourage children and their families to take part in the challenge at home.  We are committed to improving child and adult literacy and encouraging as many people as we can to read.”

To take part in the challenge, readers are asked to visit ANGUSalive’s “Reading Ahoy” Facebook page by clicking here and sign up by giving their barcode number.

Or visit our At Home page for full details on how to take part in the challenge.