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Get Into Reading This Summer

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Do you know your Oompa-Loompas from your Vermicious Knids? Could you pick Willy Wonka or Agatha Trunchbull out of a line-up? Would you prefer to ride around in a giant peach or a great glass elevator?

If those questions make sense to you then you’ll probably be interested to know that this summer the country is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Over a quarter of a century after his death the renowned author, poet and ex-fighter ace still remains one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors, with over 200 million copies of his books being sold worldwide. That’s why the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, which we are whole-heartedly supporting here in Tameside, will be themed around Roald Dahl’s life and works.

The idea is simple. Over the summer holidays we are challenging children aged 4-11 to sign up to the Big Friendly Read and read six library books from their local library. Not only is it fun, it’s also absolutely free. Furthermore, every child who completes the challenge will be a proud recipient of a medal, wristband and certificate celebrating their achievement. Here in Tameside, any child who completes the Big Friendly Read before Saturday 24th September will also be entered into a special prize draw for a chance to win a Clip n’ Climb experience for up to 10 people, courtesy of Active Tameside and the Sky High Adventure Centre.

If you want to join in the Big Friendly Read you can do so by signing up at any one of Tameside’s libraries. Last year we got 2,726 children to take part, and this year we intend to go one better. To help anybody who joins along in the challenge, our libraries will be putting on a series of activities such as treasure hunts, crafts and games based on some of Roald Dahl’s most famous books and characters. As with everything else in the Big Friendly Read these events, details of which can be found on our website here, are free and there’s no need to pre-book.

But the Big Friendly Read is just one part of the larger programme of activities we’re putting on for children and families this
summer. Over the month of August we will be hosting a series of outdoor theatre performances in Tameside’s parks, including adaptations of classic children’s stories by CS Lewis, Robert Louise Stevenson and Mark Twain. Our countryside teams and museums will also be getting in on the act with a variety of free and fun indoor and outdoor events.

So if you want to your children to have fun and learn this summer in Tameside have a look to see what activities suit you. From reading challenges to live plays, countryside walks to handling birds of prey, come and join us and get your next few months sorted.

Posted by: Kieran Quinn

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