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Still time to complete summer reading challenge

Published on Friday, August 18, 2017

CHILDREN and young people who have been taking part in the city’s summer reading scheme have until the end of the month to complete the challenge.

This year’s challenge features the Animal Agents, a gang of cartoon animals with a penchant for solving mysteries – including a curious bloodhound, two stealthy snakes, an investigative rabbit and a clue-busting bear.

To take part, all you have to do is visit your library three times and read six books by 31 August. Participants get a free Animal Agents collector’s folder and then, on each visit, a series of free rewards including stickers, a wristband, a finisher’s medal and certificate.

There are still free family fun days to get involved with, too – at Knighton Library on Tuesday 22 August and at Leicester Central Library on Wednesday 23 August, with the Bookbus on Town Hall Square. The fun runs from 11am until 3pm.

The summer challenge is open to anyone aged 0-15. And the city school with the most children completing the challenge will win a special day of imaginative story and drama-based educational activities.

The idea is to encourage children to read for pleasure and to help them keep up with their reading over the long summer holidays. Evidence shows that children who continue to read over the summer do better when they go back to school in September.

Around 7,000 children took part in the scheme last year.

The summer reading challenge is a national initiative organised in partnership with the Reading Agency. For activities, games and the chance to read about popular authors, go to

To join the library or find out more about Leicester’s libraries, visit

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