Go wild in Essex libraries this summer!

Lifestyle / Fri 9th Jul 2021 at 03:25pm

LIBRARIES in Essex are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Wild World Heroes – the Summer Reading Challenge 2021.

This year, the Challenge takes place in Wilderville, where the Wild World Heroes live. Wilderville is a pretty cool place, but our heroes have been noticing some problems. They’re ready to take action to save the natural world – but they need the children of Essex to help them.

To take part in the challenge, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey. Then, they are asked to read six library books. As they read, they will collect transformation stickers to add to a fold-out map of Wilderville. Their stickers will fix the environmental problem in each area and make Wilderville a better home for everyone. After reading six books they will earn a certificate and medal.

Wide World Heroes is presented by The Reading Agency in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature. It launches in libraries across Essex on 10 July and runs until 31 August.

I like getting the stickers. I also enjoy that I can read any type of book I like. – Summer Reading participant age 9, 2019

Cllr Louise McKinlay, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Community, Equality, Partnerships and Performance, said: “Our libraries are valued by us and our residents for many reasons, not only as spaces where community groups can come together but places to encourage and support reading and learning for children and young people.

“Investment in many of our libraries across the county is bringing forward new facilities ,buildings and initiatives, meaning that younger generations in Essex will be able to enjoy their much loved libraries, for many years to come. It will also see initiatives like the Summer Reading Challenge continue to flourish, helping the county’s children and young people embrace and develop a love of reading.

“This year our libraries are running the Summer Reading Challenge again. In 2019 almost 32,000 children took part and we hope that with the additional 500 volunteers we have recruited, this year’s challenge will be even bigger and better.

“Finally, later this year, I will be publishing an updated Library Strategy, which will underline our commitment to the service across the county. We have some good opportunities to expand the use of libraries and upgrade the facilities and offer. I am keen that we place libraries at the heart of our communities and I look forward to sharing the plans accordingly.”

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1 Comment for Go wild in Essex libraries this summer!:

Jawad Sharief
2021-07-09 16:29:24

The amount of people who can't read in Harlow and around the United Kingdom it would be great if the council's could pay for decent staff in the libraries not volunteers to help children and adults with help reading and writing not only are there children and adults who have problems with reading and writing but also those in our prison system our libraries are the best place to start

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