Renfrewshire Libraries participates in the ‘Marvellous Makers’ Summer Reading Challenge with free activities for families kicking off from 22 June 2024

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Renfrewshire Libraries participates in the ‘Marvellous Makers’ Summer Reading Challenge with free activities for families kicking off from 22 June 2024

This summer, children aged 4-11 can visit Renfrewshire Libraries to join the ‘Marvellous Makers’ Summer Reading Challenge, firing up their imaginations through the power of reading and creative expression.

In partnership with Create, a leading arts charity, and public libraries, this year’s Challenge celebrates kids’ creativity and storytelling abilities. Children will be encouraged to explore new books and stories while taking part in free activities, from arts and crafts to music, dance, and more.

The bespoke Challenge artwork is illustrated by celebrated artist Natelle Quek, bringing the ‘Marvellous Makers’ theme vibrantly to life. By reading books and collecting incentives at Renfrewshire Libraries, young readers can foster their creative thinking skills over the summer break.    This year incentives include free swim passes for OneRen swimming pools,  origami paper and a pop badge!   Paul McGrath from local business Consilium Contracting Services will be sponsoring a free pair of cinemat tickets for one lucky winner in each library.   There will also be a special prize of a show from Booster Cushion Theatre and an author visit for the schools with the best completion rates.  

A launch event will be held on Saturday June 22nd at 10.30am at Paisley Central Library with children’s author Lindsay Littleson.  FREE.  All welcome to attend, no booking required.  

Visit www.renfrewshirelibraries.co.uk  to discover all the free family activities on offer at your local library and where the Skoobmobile will be visiting this summer. 

The Summer Reading Challenge aims to prevent the “summer dip” learning loss many children experience over the holidays when they aren’t in school. With libraries’ support, it provides a free, fun way to keep young minds active. In 2023, over 685,000 children across the UK participated.

Karen Napier, CEO of The Reading Agency, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge sparks children’s creativity and imagination through reading. Developed with Create, this year’s ‘Marvellous Makers’ theme will inspire kids’ inner storytellers and makers. We’re thrilled to work with libraries to provide an engaging environment for exploring new ideas through books and activities.”

Andrew Givan,  Children & Young People Co-ordinator, OneRen, said:  “We look forward to welcoming families to our libraries again this year for what promises to be another amazing programme of activities with reading at its heart.   We had great feedback from parents, carers and children last year about how much they enjoyed taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge.”

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