Sign up for the Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge

Over 1,600 children have already signed up to take part in the Summer
Reading Challenge with St Helens Library Service – and there’s still plenty
of time to join in.

St.Helens libraries are running the Summer Reading Challenge, which asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer, until 11 September 2015. The Challenge has a new theme each year: this year, it’s Record Breakers, thanks to a partnership with Guinness World Records.

To take part in the challenge, all children need to do is sign up at their
nearest library. They’ll receive a special poster; as they borrow and read
at least six library books over the summer, they collect stickers to
complete their poster and discover fascinating facts about record breakers
as they go.

Libraries across St Helens launched the Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge with two special performances of My Dad – The World’s Greatest Failure – a play that tells the tale of a young boy whose dad is obsessed with trying to achieve a Guinness World Record.

Meanwhile, local author Rachel Lyon, was also at Central Library for a
special story time featuring her book I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn which
is one of this years’ recommended reads for the 2015 Summer Reading
Challenge.

Libraries in 140 authorities across the UK also celebrated the beginning of
the challenge by encouraging local families to take part in a world record
attempt, for the most pledges received for a reading campaign. The
nationwide total of almost 80,000 wasn’t quite enough to achieve the record but everyone had plenty of fun in the process – the celebrations were attended by lots of local families, with 281 people making a pledge in St Helens.

There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at St Helens
libraries for families over the rest of the summer to celebrate the Summer
Reading Challenge, including craft sessions, Read and Rhyme Times and
family game sessions. Just contact your local library or go to
www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries to find out how to take part.

Guinness World Records Editor in Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “It was
fantastic to see so many people of all ages come together to launch the
Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge; to see so many excited faces and so many new people going to the library as a result. Books have always been at the heart of everything we do, and we’re thrilled to be able to support an initiative that gets kids into libraries and picking up books.”

Sue Wilkinson, CEO, The Reading Agency, said: “At The Reading Agency we believe that everything changes when we read. For lots of families, the
Summer Reading Challenge is the highlight of their summer: it makes reading fun and improves children’s reading range, motivation and confidence. We hope more children than ever to sign up this year at their local library.”

Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Portfolio Holder for Public Health and
Wellbeing, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way to help children develop a love of reading, gain confidence and develop new skills. Reading is so important and this is a perfect way to encourage families to take time together, join in with the activities and complete the
challenge.”