Children’s Summer Library Exploration!
All fifteen branches of Clare County Library launched an intergalactical
adventure for children that kept them reading throughout the school
Space Hop, the 2010 Summer Reading Challenge,
invited children to read a minimum of six books during the months
of July and August with the aim of developing a love of libraries
The Challenge is an immensely popular and successful
reading initiative and is enjoyed by regular library members,
children who join specifically for the Challenge and many families
on holidays in the county each year. Linking up with The Reading
Agency the independent charity working to inspire more people
to read more in the UK, Clare libraries helped children complete
the six book challenge by offering a reading pack to begin and
an assortment of fun incentives along the way.
The culmination of the Challenge was
a presentation of certificates of merit to four hundred children in Clare’s
five main library branches Ennistymon, Shannon, Ennis, Scariff and Kilrush
in October coupled with a celebratory magic show to reward the young readers,
presented by magician Paul Beattie.
The Summer Reading Challenge serves
to promote local libraries each year to children, where librarians can
offer them invaluable advice and guidance to help them on their mission.
Research shows that children really enjoy taking part in the Summer Reading
Challenge. It’s a great way to keep them entertained over the holidays,
and statistics show that those who take part read more overall and choose
a wider variety of books than those who don’t.
Magician Paul Beattie performing
at the Space Hop certificate presentation in de Valera Public Library,
Space Hop Certificate Presentation
at de Valera Public Library, Ennis
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