A SPECIAL event took place at Greenock Town Hall on September 21 which attracted more than 150 children to celebrate the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2016.
The national charity Reading Agency in corporation with Scotland’s libraries and Tesco Bank, organised this challenge to encourage children to read six books during their holiday period in order to cultivate their literacy skills.
With a grant available in libraries that participated in the challenge, Inverclyde council organised a great evening of Ronald Dahl especially designed to inspire children and prove them how much funny a reading can be. All the children were presented with their metals after completing the challenge.
The Reading Agency and libraries have worked together to create a new theme for the Challenge, and to honour Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday by choosing ‘The Big Friendly Read’ which is sure to encourage children be part of the challenge during the summer!
Adele Mills, Senior Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank commented: “Reading for pleasure is one of the best ways we like to spend the holidays so we’re delighted that children from Inverclyde got involved in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland through their local library. The Challenge aims to inspire 40,000 children across Scotland to participate this summer – that’s a lot of children reading for pleasure, which can only be a good thing for them their parents and their future.”
Councillor Terry Loughran, Convenor of Education said: “This is a fantastic annual event. Encouraging children to read, opens their minds to wonderful new worlds, captivating characters and endless learning opportunities. It can help in many areas of life and I am delighted to promote our libraries as a way to access books to young and old. This year, over 1000 Inverclyde children participated, with almost 500 reading more than six books during the Challenge. A huge well done to all involved.”