Summer reading in Moray soars
Moray Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge was a roaring success in 2023 with over 1,000 young people taking part, the highest number to sign-up since 2018.
The free annual challenge is aimed at inspiring children to read for pleasure during the school summer holidays. Children receive a medal and a certificate if they manage to read six books, with stickers and rewards available along the way.
This year’s theme, “Ready, Set, Read!”, was developed in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust to celebrate play and participation, encouraging children to engage in games and sports in any way that best suits them.
This challenge involved libraries offering free events and activities based on sports and games. These events included digital activities using Augmented Reality books and Sphero robots to good old board games, crafts, colouring, puzzles, treasure hunts and story times.
There were also events in partnership with Active Schools co-ordinators where physical and reading activities were available.
Enthusiastic staff and similarly enthused children have made “Ready, Set, Read!” one of the most successful ventures offered by Moray libraries.
Over the years the Summer Reading Challenge has proven to significantly improve children’s reading confidence, making sure that children are ready for their return to school after the summer break. It also gives families the chance to access books and fun family activities throughout the summer – all completely free of charge.
Chair of Moray Council’s Education, Children and Leisure Services Committee, Cllr Kathleen Robertson, said: “Thank you to everyone involved for their efforts to make this year’s summer reading challenge such a success. It’s fantastic to see so many children reading for enjoyment and the support the challenge brings to help create a positive reading culture throughout our communities.
“Well done to all those who took part, I hope they’re extremely proud of their achievement over the summer holidays.”