Mischief Makers Coming to Library!

This summer, libraries across Central Bedfordshire will take part in the national Summer Reading Challenge. This year it will have a Beano theme to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the iconic British comic.

Children will be able to join the challenge for free from Saturday, 21 July at their local library.

This year’s challenge will be called ‘Mischief Makers’ and will give children the opportunity to explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

The Summer Reading Challenge is simple. Children are encouraged to read books of their choice during the holidays, with collectable incentives and rewards. There’s also a certificate and medal for every child who completes the challenge.

Teenagers can also apply to become a Reading Hack volunteer and help out at their local library during the summer. As a Reading Hack volunteer, young people aged 13-24 will be able to meet new people, build new skills and gain valuable experience whilst inspiring others to read.

Councillor Steven Watkins, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services - Libraries, Leisure and Countryside at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “During the summer school holidays, children's reading can dip. However, with support from parents, friends, family members and library staff, we can help young people remain excited and inspired to read books. This, in turn, will help sustain and increase their reading confidence ahead of their return to school in September”.

As part of the Summer Reading Challenge, all Central Bedfordshire libraries will host two accompanying storytelling events. The first event is called ‘Mischief Making Max’, which will see children enjoying an interactive adventure in the library.

Max is 6 and loves making mischief. He is cheeky, cheerful and charming but with his pranks getting increasingly daring, is he finally about to get caught?
Ages 5+. Running time: 45 minutes. Tickets cost £3 per child.
Wednesday 25 July
11am - Dunstable Library
2pm  - Houghton Regis Library
4.30pm - Leighton Buzzard Library
Saturday 4 Aug,10.30am - Toddington Library

The second event is ‘Motely Zoo’, which involves role-play, storytelling and animal handling. These events will fire children’s imagination, confidence and love of the written and spoken word. Tickets cost £3 and £3.50 respectively, which can be purchased from your local library.

At first it seems the Zoo animals are solely using their mischievous talents to win ALL the prizes. We soon find out that they are actually using their talents for a charitable purpose! They plan to send their winnings to their endangered pen-pal in Africa who happens to be a Rhinoceros! Tickets cost £3.50 per child.

Tuesday 14 Aug 11am to 12pm - Leighton Buzzard library
Thursday 15 Aug  9.30am to 10.30am - Toddington library
                              11.15am to 12.15pm - Dunstable library
Friday 17 Aug       11am to 12pm - Houghton Regis library
Thursday 23 Aug  11am to 12pm - Barton library

To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge or the events, please visit your local library or visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/summer-reading-challenge

As well as the Summer Reading Challenge events, there will also be lots of other fun activities and craft sessions for kids taking place throughout the summer at your local library.