My name is Caroline Messer and I am the librarian at Musselburgh Library. We’ve loved welcoming lots of families into the library over the course of Reading is Braw and I want to send a huge congratulations to all of the children, families, businesses and other members of the community who have helped make the challenge such a success. Hopefully many of you will have seen what a difference regularly reading for pleasure has had on your children and we would like to help you to help them to keep it up over the summer holidays.
The summer reading challenge happens in libraries across the UK every year and this year’s theme is one of the best yet: The Big Friendly Read, celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. The challenge for children is to read at least 6 library books over the summer holiday and they can be any library book so novels, joke books, eBooks, audio books, fact books, graphic novels – they all count. We’ve actually started a little early just in case anyone was going on holiday early and wanted to get a head start.
Children should come into the library to register for the challenge and a member of staff will take their photograph and give them their Big Friendly Read collector’s folder. Photographs will be used on a display in the children’s section of the library to show progress through the challenge. Each time your child has read 2 books they should come back to the library to add another photo to our display, collect special Roald Dahl cards to add to their folder and receive rewards like bookmarks, lucky dip prizes and more. Once your child has read 6 books they will be given an invitation to a party being held at the library in September where they will receive a medal. Certificates for each child completing the challenge will be awarded at school.
We know that lots of children will want to read more than 6 books and we want to reward that enthusiasm so for every library book read over the holidays children will receive 1 entry into a prize draw being held throughout East Lothian.
As part of the challenge we have lots of events happening in the library to keep children busy over the holidays. All of our events are free and there’s no need to book so if you’re at a loose end just come along.
Mondays at 11am: Storytimes for under 7s
Tuesdays at 2.30pm: Big Friendly Read Challenge Hour – a craft and challenges related to one of Roald Dahl’s famous novels – most suitable for primary age children
Thursdays at 10.30am: Bookbug session for babies and preschool children
Fridays at 2.30pm: Read Write Count Story Hour for P1-3
Saturdays at 10.30am: Bookbug session for babies and preschool children
Saturdays at 2pm: Lego Club for ages 7-11 and a parent/carer
Saturdays at 2pm: Big Friendly Read Challenge Hour
Monday 4th July at 3pm: Join us for a Bear Hunt – suitable from walking/toddling
Wednesday 6th July at 11am: French Storytelling for ages 4-7
Saturday 23rd July: Big Friendly Read Family Quiz – join us as a family to compete in a quiz of children’s stories old and new
Monday 25th July at 3pm: Teddy Bear’s Picnic Story time
Monday 8th August at 3pm: Join us for a Bear Hunt – suitable from walking/toddling
We’ve not forgotten the adults either – we have lots of eResources these days so if you haven’t been in for a while but are concerned about taking books on holiday with you why not check out our eBooks or other online resources. Just ask for more information in the library or check out the libraries section of the council website.