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Published 10 July 2017

Animal Agents

West Dunbartonshire children will turn super sleuth to solve a series of mysteries in this year’s Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge. 

Kids visiting West Dunbartonshire libraries will help the Animal Agents crack their biggest case yet when they take up the challenge to read six library books during the summer holidays.

Kids will be introduced to lovable characters which have been illustrated by UK best-selling children’s illustrator, Tony Ross. The free, fun challenge is designed to run over the school holidays when children’s reading traditionally dips. 

Although the challenge is for primary aged children, younger members can also participate through the Bookbug Reading Challenge.  

Children who are not members can register at any West Dunbartonshire library and will receive an Animal Agents collector’s folder.  For every book read kids will be given a collector’s sticker to help them solve the animal detectives’ mystery, and will receive other incentives and goodies along the way.  Kids who complete the challenge by borrowing and reading a minimum of six library books will receive a certificate and medal which will be presented to them at a special school assembly.

The school with the most pupils who completed the reading challenge will be awarded the West Dunbartonshire Summer Reading Challenge Championship.

Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Karen Conaghan, said: “As a Council we are dedicated to improving life chances for our young people, and literacy is vital to giving children the best possible start in life. This challenge is a great, fun way to keep the kids entertained over the holidays and encouraging them to be active members of their library. Reading books is a great way for both adults and children to relax and there’s nothing more pleasurable than being engrossed in a good book over the holidays.  I hope to see as many West Dunbartonshire youngsters as possible taking on the challenge this summer.” 

Depute Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Caroline McAllister, said: “This year’s theme will appeal to a wide range of our young readers. I would encourage kids to get along to their local branch and start the challenge now.  I would also encourage any parents or carers who are not members of their local library to go along with the kids and join their local branch where they will find a world of entertainment in our outstanding range of books, DVDs, CDs newspapers and magazines.” 

To find out what’s on in your local library over the holidays visit https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/libraries/summer-reading-challenge-2017/   or search for wdclibraries on Facebook. You can also follow @wdclibraries on Twitter.

To stay up to date with Challenge news visit https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/