Local libraries are aiming to get children reading this summer by inviting them to find their way through the Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge.
There are a host of events over the summer taking place at libraries from mask making to mini beasts and including a visit by a renowned children’s author.
To take part in the challenge children collect stickers to fill a Mythical Maze poster. The challenge is completed by reading six books, then children receive a certificate, a unique Reading Challenge Medal and a wristband.
Children can also go on the website www.mythical-maze.org.uk to create a profile, chat about books, and play games.
Cllr David Dixon, (LibDem, Oldfield) Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Last year more than 2,000 children in Bath and North East Somerset signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge.
“My own children have enjoyed the summer reading challenge over the past years, so I have seen at first hand just how engaged with reading children become through this great scheme.
“We hope that this year more children than ever will be inspired to join their local library and get the most from the great range of books and other resources available.”
Bath & North East Somerset Council libraries will be welcoming children to take part in the Challenge from Saturday 12th July until Saturday 13th September.
There will be free events in Bath Central, Midsomer Norton, Keynsham and Bath Moorland Road libraries on 12th July to launch the Summer Reading Challenge.
David Almond, world famous author of Skellig, The Boy Who Swam With Pirhanas and Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf ( shortlisted for this year’s Greenaway Award ) will be visiting Midsomer Norton Library at 10.30am and Bath Central Library at 2pm to talk to children and parents about his work.
There will also be mask making at Keynsham Library and face painting at Moorland Road Library 10 – 12.