Darlington youngsters urged to join Summer Reading Challenge

Darlington youngsters urged to join Summer Reading Challenge
05 August 2020

Youngsters across the borough are being urged to join this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at Darlington Library and gain a ‘back to school boost’.

Every year our libraries offer an exciting reading challenge aimed at preventing the ‘reading dip’ often noticed by teachers on children’s return to school after the long summer break. This year we are doing things a little different.

The Reading Rollercoaster challenge is free to enter and runs at Darlington Library on Crown Street. Any child, aged 0-16 years, can take part. They simply need to pop into the library to borrow books and can then enter themselves in to a draw to win one of a host of fabulous prizes!

Among the prizes on offer are:

  • A mascot children’s party from Make my Day
  • A party at the Gamers’ Lounge 
  • A £50 Waterstones voucher
  • Annual membership for the Head of Steam Railway Museum

Councillor Jon Clarke, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said:

“We know that education and literacy skills have taken a dip recently due to coronavirus. Home learning has been a challenge for many parents. On top of that, the libraries have been closed and groups which proactively develop speaking, listening, language and literacy skills have been on hold.

“But through our Reading Rollercoaster, we have set children an enjoyable challenge aimed at boosting their reading skills and helping them be ‘back to school’ ready.

“We hope by encouraging them to read and share books as a family, that children are better prepared for returning to school and that younger children are given as much help as possible to develop the early language skills which are being affected by the use of face coverings and limited interactions outside of the home.”

To find out more and for details of online events/activities log onto the website at: www2.darlington.gov.uk  or download the Darlington Library App. You can also follow us on Facebook @DarlingtonLibraries or on Twitter @DarlLibs