Flying start for Wellington Library's reading challenge

By Mark Pritchett in Local People

THE National Summer Reading Challenge for children has got off to a flying start at Wellington Library with 150 children signing up in the first week.

The challenge is to read six books over the school holiday period, ending on September 9. Other activities are associated with the scheme, which this year has the title ‘Animal Agents’. These can be found in the library, with some designed to test children’s detective skills.

Alongside this Wellington Library Friends Group is running another competition for children taking part in the challenge. It is looking for a short review of one of the books being read, with book tokens to be won for the best ones. The competition is being split into three age groups and library staff have details of what to do. Support for the competition comes from Co-operative Funeralcare and the Friends Group.

A presentation event for the challenge and the competition will be held on Saturday, September 16, starting at 1pm. The guest of honour is Mayor of Wellington, Cllr Gary James.

Some adult users have been casting envious eyes at the fun had at the children’s Lego Club, which meets in the library on the third Saturday morning of each month. One person suggested a Lego Club for adults should be formed and another felt a Scrabble Club might be more in keeping. If anyone is interested in these, or other activities which could utilise the library, please let library staff know.

The Library Friends group, having concluded its first year as a formal organisation, is planning its programme for the next year, which will again include a range of talks on book-related subjects. It is always happy to receive suggestions or expressions of interest. Any written comments can be left in the Friends’ box at the library.

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