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Kingston kids pledge to use local libraries for Summer Reading Challenge

More than 100 Malden Manor schoolchildren were enthralled by the tales from Arabian Nights at the newly-refurbished Old Malden library on 6 July as part of the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Encouraging both children and adults alike to pledge support to their local libraries, the challenge also attempts to set a world record for the most books taken out over the summer.

This year’s theme for the Summer Reading Challenge campaign, launched by Councillor Mary Clark, Deputy Mayor of Kingston upon Thames and run by the charity The Reading Agency, is ‘record breakers’. Children will receive a special poster and, as they borrow and read library books over the summer, they’ll collect stickers to complete their poster and discover fascinating facts about record breakers as they go.

Councillor David Glasspool, Lead for Arts, Leisure and Heritage at Kingston Council said:

“I am pleased to hear that our newly-refurbished Old Malden Library was host to an event which promotes the use of local libraries.

“All seven of our libraries offer dedicated spaces for children. My hope is that events like these make our youngsters excited using these resources, pledging to visit as much as possible.

“Our schoolchildren are the borough’s next generation. We want to give them the very best start in life, having excellent library facilities is one of the ways we’re doing just that.”

The Summer Reading Challenge launched nationally on Saturday 11 July 2015 and runs until 12 September 2015. There is a prize for the school that has the highest proportion of students completing the challenge as well as a prize for the child in the borough that borrows the most library books over the course of the challenge.

Last year, 4,300 Kingston children took part in the event.