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Books open! Summer Reading Challenge has launched
Saturday 22nd July 2017 @ 17:16 by Adam Higgins
Derbyshire News

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge has been launched by Derbyshire County Council.

The challenge has the theme Animal Agents and will see children turning detective to solve all kinds of mysteries and puzzles over the school summer holidays.

Dozens of youngsters and their families attended the official launch of the challenge, which is run by the county council’s libraries with The Reading Agency.

Cllr Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, attended the launch at Chesterfield Library with county council Vice-Chairman Councillor George Wharmby.

Councillor Lewis said: “The launch was a great success and children are clearly enthusiastic about taking part in the challenge.

“We know that reading for fun improves children’s development and helps overall with their education. It’s a great way to ensure reading skills don’t drop off over the long summer break which is a real benefit to all taking part.

“It also helps to instill a life-long love of books and underlines the value of libraries.”

Children signing up to the challenge will be encouraged to read up to six books over the summer break, which will help to maintain their literacy skills, with the Animal Agents theme specifically designed to be fun and exciting.

In Derbyshire, more than 9,300 children signed up last year, borrowing more than 227,000 children’s library items, with more than 3,200 children taking part in Summer Reading Challenge activities held in the county council’s 45 libraries.

Among the libraries in Glossopdale and the High Peak involved are Glossop, Gamesley, Hadfield, Hayfield, New Mills, Chapel-En-Le-Frith, Whaley Bridge and Buxton.

The challenge runs until Saturday, September 9, and children can sign up to become an agent at any DCC library.

When they have read six books of their choice they get a medal and certificate to mark their achievement.

People can find out more about the challenge by going to or


Main picture:

Launch: Cllr Barry Lewis with keen young readers Arnav Aphale (9), Zoe Lewis (8), Sophia Donelan (9) and Charlie John Mills (7).