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LOSE YOUR KIDS IN THE LIBRARY THIS SUMMER!

July 17, 2014

Mythical Maze is here! Let your children get caught up in an epic adventure in their local library over the summer holidays with the Summer Reading Challenge 2014!

John Griffiths AM, Minister for Natural Resources, Culture and Sport, and storyteller Michael Harvey joined children from St Mary’s Primary School to launch the Challenge in Wales at Canton Library, Cardiff.

John Griffiths said, “Reading can be a great source of enjoyment for children. Instilling a passion for reading early on is crucial to help them develop their skills and our libraries play a central role in supporting this. I hope everyone will go along to their local library this summer to take advantage of the free activities and discover some great new books to read and inspire them.”

Organised by independent charity The Reading Agency and public libraries, the Challenge is supported in Wales by the Welsh Books Council and the Welsh Government. Now in its 16th year, the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries is the UK’s largest reading-for-pleasure programme for primary school aged children. Last year, a record 42,218 children in Wales (42% of them were boys) took up the challenge to read six books or more at their local library last summer; it runs in 100% of local authorities in Wales.

Support from Welsh Government is crucial to the success of the challenge in Wales and Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis said,

“You can never overestimate the importance of reading and I’m absolutely delighted to offer my support to the Summer Reading Challenge in Wales. We want to improve the literacy standards of all children in Wales, but wider than that I want children to enjoy reading in whatever form that takes. From books about facts to fantasy filled fiction if you foster a passion for reading from a young age it stands our young people in good stead for the future.”

Every year the Challenge has a new theme and this year it is Mythical Maze, illustrated by the award-winning artist Sarah McIntyre. Children aged between 4 and 12 are encouraged to read six or more books of their choice during the summer holiday, and with posters and stickers (some of them are ‘scratch and sniff’!) and other incentives to complete the Challenge, it’s a highlight of the holiday for thousands of children. Teachers comment that children who take part return to school as more fluent, confident readers.

Some libraries in Wales are also offering adults an opportunity to enter their own reading challenge, setting a good example to the children and a chance to win a prize. Going on holiday? Just take the books with you, or download some of the free e-books from welshlibraries.org onto your e-reader or mobile device.

By logging on to the Mythical Maze website, your children can keep track of their progress online, rate the books for other readers and get tips on what to read next. This year there’s even an app that brings illustrator Sarah McIntyre’s amazing creatures to life! For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge – including how to get involved, and resources for schools – go to www.readingagency.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge

Call at your local library or visit welshlibraries.org to find out more. You can also follow the Summer Reading Challenge on Facebook www.facebook.com/#!/SummerReadingChallengeUK


Summer Reading Challenge – Mythical Maze

July 16, 2014

Let your children get caught up in an epic adventure in Gwynedd Libraries – it’s Mythical Maze – the Summer Reading Challenge 2014.

Mythical Maze is organised by The Reading Agency and local libraries – children are encouraged to read six or more books of their choice during the summer holiday and with posters, stickers (some of them are scratch and sniff!) and other incentives to complete the challenge, it’s a highlight of the holiday for thousands of children. Teachers often comment that children who take part return to school as more fluent, confident readers.

Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member, Councillor Ioan Thomas, who leads on libraries, said:

“Over 2,900 children took part in the challenge last summer. The success of this event over the years shows how much pleasure Gwynedd children get from reading, and our libraries play a key role in supporting this.

“This is a great way of getting our children to read and I would encourage everybody to call by their local library this summer and take advantage of what is available.”

There is a different theme to the Reading Challenge every year and children can read whatever they like – picture books, audio books, joke books, fact books – they all count.

Gwynedd Council’s Libraries Service is also offering adults the chance to enter their own reading challenge, setting a good example to the children and with the chance to win a prize.

Going on holiday? Just take the books with you or download some of the free e-books from welshlibraries.org onto your e-reader or mobile device.

Log on to the Mythical Maze website and your children can keep track of their progress online, rate the books for other readers and get tips on what to read next. This year there’s even an app that brings illustrator, Sarah McIntyre’s amazing creatures to life.

Taking part is FREE and there will be an exciting launch at Caernarfon Library on 21 July and Dolgellau Library on 25 July where children can register, and take part in loads of free activities. Don’t miss out.

For more information about the Reading Challenge in Gwynedd, contact Nia Gruffydd, Gwynedd Council Library User Services Manager on 01286 679465.

 


Library staff in Monmouthshire raise money for Summer Reading Challenge

July 15, 2014

Staff from Abergavenny and Usk Libraries along with some of the Friends of Caldicot Library completed a gruelling five mile bike ride over steep terrain followed by an eight mile walk over the Brecon Beacons and Offa’s Dyke path.  The walk finished at White Castle.  Walkers carried the Mythical Maze banner to raise awareness of this years’ Summer Reading Challenge.  So far the team have raised over £400 – well done guys!

 

For more information about the Summer Reading challenge visit: http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/


Wrexham’s new-look Mobile Library

July 1, 2014

The Wrexham Mobile Library had a makeover and is looking fantastic – it now promotes two of the great online services that Welsh Libraries offer across Wales – e-books and e-zines and they are all for FREE.

The FREE e-zines service has over 250 top titles.  There really is something for everyone from sports to fashion; country living to business; tattoos to knitting!  Titles include: Cycling Weekly, Horse & Hound, Golf Monthly, Homes & Gardens, Knitter, Marie Claire, Men’s Fitness, Mountain Biking UK, Rugby World, Total Film, Woman & Home, World Soccer and many, many more.  To access this amazing service you just need to be a member of a library in Wales, you can download as many magazines as you wish 24/7, access back issues and keep them on your device for as long as you wish.

Libraries across Wales also offer free e-books with over 14,000 titles available to download.  Whether you like to read novels or biographies, real life stories; travel guides or even the recently added Mills & Boon romances – there really is something for everyone with the free e-books service!

Libraries Inspire marketing officer, Jane Purdie said: “This service has been running for over two years now and is proving extremely popular with well over 100,000 issues to date. The fact that the books and magazines are free is a real bonus in the current times.’’

Libraries are free to join with thousands of free books to borrow including the latest bestsellers, audio books and e-audio books, free internet access in all libraries with free Wi-Fi in many of them and lots of great events, classes and activities.

Please visit www.welshlibraries.org for more information about the great services that libraries across Wales offer.

For more information and a timetable of routes and stops for Wrexham Mobile Library visit:

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/community/libraries/mobile_library_routes.htm

 

PHOTO: Wrexham Mobile Library visiting Sylvester Court in Wrexham

For more information please contact:

Jane.purdie@wrexham.gov.uk 01978 298861

Bethan.rogers@wrexham.gov.uk 01978 298862


Ruabon Library Colouring Competition Winner

June 27, 2014

Over 35 entries were received from across Wrexham and yesterday the winner of the libraries’ colouring competition was announced.

Wrexham Library staff deliberated long and hard but the winner was finally revealed as Jasmine Williams. Jasmine, aged 4 is a regular at Ruabon Library and was presented with her prize, a family ticket to Chester Zoo, by Cllr Dana Davies.  Jasmine was really excited about winning and said she couldn’t wait to see the giraffes at Chester Zoo.

The competition was run to coincide with a skulls and bones exhibition which has been touring Wrexham Libraries.  The exhibits are supplied by Bangor University Brambell Natural History Museum, in collaboration with the North Wales Libraries Partnership and funded by CyMAL. There is an elephant’s leg, a camel skull, dolphin skull, sheep skull, armadillo skeleton, tortoise shell, urchins, starfish, and shells, each illustrating a different animal anatomy.

Information cards, activities and online materials were provided to the libraries as part of the exhibition. The activities cover animal anatomy, which is a curriculum subject and fits in with STEM subjects (science). The exhibition has also been to libraries in Conwy, Gwynedd and Coleg Cambria.

For more information about Wrexham Libraries and the services they offer please visit www.wrexham.gov.uk