Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “The joy of reading shouldn’t stop just because school’s out, and with the recent disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic it’s more important than ever to support children in an easy and accessible way to keep reading, to improve their literacy skills, confidence and mental health. The annual Summer Reading Challenge does just that by encouraging youngsters to read any six books during the school holidays, awarding them a medal and certificate when they reach their final goal. In light of the pandemic this year’s challenge is slightly different, as children who complete fewer than six reads will still receive a medal and certificate in the autumn, and all 2020 Summer Reading Challenge participants will stand the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet.”
“To ensure there is something for every young reader, in July the County Council invested an additional £50,000 to boost the Hampshire Library Service’s selection of children’s eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines. The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge is also being celebrated with extra special characters ‘The Silly Squad’, designed by award-winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, creator of Amelia Fang and Evil Emperor Penguin, and a new digital sign-up option. Families who do not have internet access can still participate by using the new ‘Ready Reads’ service to collect a bag of books selected by staff at their local library.”
For readers who would prefer to browse their local library, Hampshire’s libraries are COVID-secure and allowing short visits up to 30 minutes. If you are able to, please check the opening days and times of your library before visiting as temporary opening times are currently in place.
Access the Summer Reading Challenge online at www.hants.gov.uk/summer-reading-challenge.
Further information about the Ready Reads service is available at www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/ready-reads.
Hampshire Library Service membership is free to anyone who lives, works, or studies in the county.