Summer Reading Challenge
- Biggest Adventure in the County this Summer!
Last year, almost a thousand children in Clare participated in
the Summer Reading Challenge. Staff at Clare County Library are
confident that numbers joining will be even higher this year and
are looking forward to welcoming you be part of the adventure
which begins with a visit to your local library.
Did you know that reading gives children a head
start in life in more ways than you might imagine? With the school
holidays approaching, the summer months provide an ideal opportunity
for children to take time to find books they really enjoy and
experience reading as an activity which is fun and a source of
entertainment. To support children’s reading this summer,
the public libraries in County Clare are running a reading adventure
for children from 1st of July to the end of August. The Summer
Reading Adventure is a free programme open to all children.
Each child who registers for the adventure at
their local library chooses books to read during their summer
holidays. They will receive a Summer Reading Card to record their
progress along the way and a library reward stamp will be added
to their reading card at the library after each book read.
Children will be encouraged to continue reading
throughout the adventure and they will receive additional fun
incentives along the way. The Summer Reading Adventure provides
the whole family with an opportunity to explore the full range
of events and facilities which are available from their library
service: story time sessions, book clubs, children’s activities,
access to talking books and games, workshops, computers and internet
access, and of course children’s books for all ages.
Children will have access to fun reading activities
on the Summer Reading Adventure website at www.librariesireland.ie/summer-reading-adventure.
The online resource includes lots of fun activities, games, Talking
Ebooks, reading tips, book suggestions and funny interviews with
children’s authors and other celebrities. At the end of
the adventure, all children who participated are invited to attend
an award event at which they will be presented with their award
The general exposure children have to books has
been found to be particularly important for children’s overall
development. Numerous studies have shown strong connections between
reading and children’s levels of self-confidence, independence,
emotional development, empathy, imagination and creativity as
well as their social skills and overall well-being. The research
has also found that children who have easy access to books in
their homes, schools or from regular visits to a library develop
stronger reading skills and more positive attitudes towards learning.