YOUNGSTERS are being urged to head to their local library and read more books this summer.

From left – Aimee Ford, Michael Taylor, Caitlin Rocks, Abby Brewster, Emma Sheerin and Susan Orr.

Renfrewshire Leisure has launched this year’s Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge and the more books children read, the more prizes they can win.

The Roald Dahl-themed Summer Reading Challenge is called the Big Friendly Read and during the school summer holidays youngsters can go to their local library, register for the challenge and start borrowing books.

If they read two books they’ll get a certificate and a free swim pass for any of the pools in Renfrewshire.
Four books read get them a certificate and a pair of novelty rainbow glasses and when a child reads six books they’ll be awarded a certificate, a medal and free use of a badminton court in a local sports centre.
There is also a prize for the primary school that has the biggest percentage of pupils who have read six books and they will get to see a performance from the Booster Cushion Theatre Company.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “We want to encourage more young people to read books and with kids have plenty of spare time on their hands over the summer holidays, there’s no better time for them to start.
“They can read any kind of book they like and there’s every chance that when they visit their local library they’ll meet new friends and share what they think about the books they’ve read.
“Last year, we had 2031 children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge and we’re hoping to get even more involved this year.”

Log on to the Renfrewshire Libraries website, or visit your local library for more information on the Summer Reading Challenge.