Win an animal experience with the Winter Reading Challenge

ACL Essex / Thu 22nd Dec 2022 at 09:03am

ESSEX Libraries has teamed up with Colchester Zoo to offer one lucky reader the chance to win an animal experience (Terms and Conditions apply).

Everyone that completes this year’s Winter Reading Challenge will be automatically entered into a prize draw. The winner will receive a day at the zoo and the chance to get closer to some of the animals, learning more about them with the help of the Animal Care Team. The lucky winner will be announced after the challenge finishes, Saturday 28 January.

As part of this year’s challenge, children and young people will complete challenges in an interactive booklet to help Lyra the penguin discover how others celebrate winter. 

Running until Saturday 28 January, the challenge aims to encourage a love of reading and support literacy skills.

The Winter Reading Challenge is being led by Essex Library Service, in partnership with Penguin books and the Essex Year of Reading.

Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Louise McKinlay, said: “We are pleased to have teamed up with Colchester Zoo to offer this amazing prize as part of this year’s Winter Reading Challenge.

“Our Reading Challenges are always so popular, and it is wonderful to see so many children and young people improve their literacy skills by taking part.

“We are always looking at exciting ways to encourage a love of reading and learning within our communities, and initiatives like this are a great way to engage both young people and adults.

“Find out more on our website, and pop into your local Library to sign up – there’s still time! While you are there, take a look at all of the other activities on offer, there really is something for everyone at Essex Libraries.”

You can sign up to the challenge by visiting any of Essex’s 74 libraries, find your local library here: https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/library-locations-and-opening-times/.  

You can also visit the two mobile libraries or book a visit from the outreach van to your school or community. This can be done by visiting us online at: https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/.  

Terms and conditions for the Animal Experience can be found here: https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/e-books-e-audio-e-magazines-and-book-groups/book-groups/wrc22-prize-draw-t-and-c/.

Essex Libraries recently launched ‘Warm Welcomes’, offering even more opportunities for residents this winter. Read more at: https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/news/warm-welcomes/.

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