The Family Library’s summer reading scheme is a Golden Ticket to buckets of fun.
Launched today (Saturday), this year’s theme centres on the Roald Dahl favourite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and guarantees a summer time of enjoyable activities.
The library has been decked out especially for the day to match the theme of the classic children’s tale to celebrate the launch and children are able to pick up their reading packs.
It is the seventh in-house summer reading scheme designed by the Family Library and the advance registration – before the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme was announced – was already up on previous years.
And don’t worry if you can’t make the launch today (10.30am-4pm) to register – registration is open for a number of weeks yet.
Children taking part in the scheme need to read one book per week – through the library – to a total of five to complete the challenge. They can choose their own books for the scheme and the cut-off date for completion is September 7.
‘We’re really excited about this year’s Summer Reading Scheme,’ said librarian in charge Mary Cousins. ‘It will last as long as an Ever-Lasting Gobstopper, without the side effects, and the staff have been busier than Oompa-Loompas getting everything ready!
‘We want as many children as possible to gorge and guzzle, feed and feast on the fun.’
After each book is completed, children receive a badge and there is also a certificate for completing the challenge.
On top of that there are many other activities that will have you licking your lips in anticipation, including twice weekly Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed workshops, when they can learn about the book, about Roald Dahl and all about chocolate!
There will be lots of reading and writing, but mainly, fun, including activities to take home and live readings from the book each week, during the summer holidays.
Points earned during the Summer Reading Scheme will also mean prizes.
So children who don’t want to end up like goggle-box lover Mike Teavee should make sure they sign up!
Pre-schoolers are not being left out, either. The Junior Reading Club is to have a Hansel and Gretel theme for their scheme and will receive stickers after each book they read, plus there will be games and fun activities through the summer.
You can keep up to date with activities on the Summer Reading Scheme by looking up Family Library on Facebook.
The Family Library is in Westmoreland Road, Douglas, next to the children’s playground. For more information call 640650.