Set records of your own this summer with the Summer Reading Challenge

This summer, our libraries are encouraging children to achieve their personal best with their reading as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. The theme this year is Record Breakers, and to kick off the programme, we aim to set a new Guinness World Record for the number of pledges to take on the challenge.

Pledges will be taken at Swiss Cottage and Pancras Square Libraries on Sunday 12 July between 11.30am and 3.30pm. Pledges include adults pledging to encourage children to read over the summer, and children pledging to visit a library and read. So, why not head down and help us make history?

There is also a free event, ‘Record Breakers! An interactive drama workshop for children’, to get them inspired on the day. Here, children will have the chance to act out past world record titles, and perhaps even invent some of their own. The workshop will be presented by Freshwater Children’s Theatre Company and will be held at 12pm at Swiss Cottage Library, and 3pm at Pancras Square Library.

The Summer Reading Challenge will then officially launch on 18 July. Any books borrowed after this date will count towards the six or more to be read over the summer to complete the challenge. With a special Record Breakers themed selection of books to choose from as part of this year’s event, a mini-challenge for younger children, and rewards along the way, it makes this a truly record breaking summer for your child’s reading.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs for six weeks between 18 July and 29 August, and you can sign up at any Camden library to receive your starter pack. This year the challenge is taking place in association with The Reading Agency’s Record Breakers, Summer Reading Challenge 2015 and Guinness World Records.

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