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Animal Agents - Summer Reading Challenge 2017

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07 November 2017

37,040 children helped solve a series of mysterious crimes as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, borrowing more than 396,000 library books over the summer holidays to complete the challenge.

Another 4,000 young people took part in ImagiNation 2017 by creating artwork reactions to their reading choices and displaying them in libraries for their peers to find; in turn helping them to identify new authors to try.

Families commented on how the Summer Reading Challenge helps instil a love of reading in children and encourages them to spend more family time on shared reading activities, like visiting the library. Zac, aged eight, said: “I really liked earning things like the certificate and medal for finishing the reading challenge. It made me really happy because I love reading now.”

Children and young people from 505 Essex schools took part in the challenge which was supported by over 500 volunteers who, alongside library staff, chatted with children about their reading choices and encouraged them to complete the challenge.