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Big Friendly challenge launched

Created on 13/07/2016 @ 19:39
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Local youngsters are being encouraged to visit their local library over the summer holidays to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Libraries in Montgomeryshire are launching the Big Friendly Read, which is aimed for children aged 4-11. The theme for 2016 is centred around the centenary celebrations of the UK’s most prolific and popular children’s author – Roald Dahl.

The Big Friendly Read challenges children to read six books over the summer holiday. Youngsters who participate will gain stickers along the way and will also receive medals, certificates and prizes when they complete the challenge.

Trish Thomas, Powys County Council’s Reader Development Librarian, said: “This challenge is a fun thing to do, developing imagination, sharing ideas and thinking. When you see a child literally take off with their reading, you just know it was worth spending that quality time with them to help them to become independent readers. Even if they don’t, they will remember the fun of reading with someone and also sharing their thoughts.

“We want to build on the enjoyable reading experience and love of Roald Dahl’s books with craft activities, stickers to mark reading achievement, medals and a certificate for those completing the challenge. There is also a prize draw and it’s all free!”

The council’s Library Service has also teamed up with The Flash Leisure Centre who, as well as providing a sporting challenge of their own this summer, have provided free family swim vouchers for those who have completed the challenge.

The Challenge runs through to September 10.

For more information ask at your local library or log onto

PICTURE: Pupils from Caersws Primary School help to launch this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, the Big Friendly Read. Also pictured are Jan Toms, headteacher of Caersws Primary School; Trish Thomas, the council’s Reader Development Librarian; and Cllr Kath Roberts-Jones, Chair of Montgomeryshire.

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