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Summer reading challenge is perfect for little monsters in West Norfolk

Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge awards at Gaywood Library on Sunday. Councillors Margaret Wilkinson and Deputy Mayor Barry Ayres made the presentations. ENGANL00120130809134036

Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge awards at Gaywood Library on Sunday. Councillors Margaret Wilkinson and Deputy Mayor Barry Ayres made the presentations. ENGANL00120130809134036

Young readers will be a-mazed at what is going on at their local library this summer – it’s Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge 2014.

After the success of last summer’s Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge saw over 600 youngsters taking part in Downham alone, and plenty more across Lynn and Hunstanton, the library team are looking forward to seeing even more joining in this year.

Community librarian Elena Parkin said: “Last year’s event went really well, there were 14,000 children taking part county-wide and we saw a quarter more children taking part from the year before,

“It’s so important for children to keep reading during the summer holidays so they don’t lose some of their ability and get out of the habit by the time they go back to school.”

She added: “It really helps keep them focused and helps their learning, but we make it fun and they get to choose the books themselves which takes the pressure off.”

This year, children will have the opportunity to meet some larger than life characters from myths and legends, while keeping track of their reading with their fold-up poster and completing the maze by collecting stickers.

Children can choose anything from fact books and stories, to joke and picture books, audio books and e-books also count, as long as they are borrowed from a library.

There will also be a host of summer events at Gaywood Library to keep little ones interested and entertained as they continue on their mythical maze journey over the summer holidays.

The entertainment kicks off with the Mythical Maze Adventure on July 20, from 10-11.30am, when youngsters can sign up for a summer of reading. Then, on July 29, from 10.30am, join a Witches and Wizards Storytime session.

On August 6, from 10.30am, children can join the Mythical Maze Junk Modelling Session, creating their own mythical monster from junk and recycled materials before entering it into a competition. The following morning, Mad Monstrous Myths will have plenty of quizzes and activities to keep families entertained.

On August 12, from 10.30am there will be a Myths and Monsters Storytime. Discovering some of the surprising creatures that lived in the area hundreds and thousands of years ago is the aim of a Bygone Beasts session on August 20.

From 10am to 12pm, families can drop in and handle replica skulls before creating a 3D collage of their own.

Awesome Aliens Storytime will take place on August 26, from 10.30am, before Chinese Dragon Dancing the following morning, when children can try dragon dancing and playing instruments. September 7 will finish off the summer season with the Mythical Maze Celebration, when children can collect their certificates and medals for completing the challenge.

For more information, or to book any of the activities, contact the library on 01553 768498.

 

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