Shanklin Community Library is helping to launch the 2017 Reading Challenge this summer.

The annual event aims to keep children enthusiastically reading during the summer holidays- with those doing so, receiving stickers and prizes.

This year’s challenge, named Animal Agents, involves a team of animal detectives, working to solve a library based mystery with young readers collecting stickers as they read all of the books.

Shanklin Library

Chair of Isle of Wight Council Children Services Vanessa Churchman, and Junior Members of the Community Library visited the Library to support the event.

Co-ordinator for Shanklin Community Library, Maria Darbon, said:

“We’ve just invested in a new bean bag and seating for the children’s section, and the Summer Reading Challenge promises to provide our young readers with an opportunity to read a new range of books, and collect stickers and other goodies on the reading journey.”


Councillor Churchman said:

“It’s good to see all Island Libraries take part in the Reading Challenge, and I know last year over 2,000 children took part, with 1,613 children receiving a medal for completing the challenge – we hope to see similar numbers participate this year.”

The challenge, which launches on 15 July, is designed for children aged between 4 and 11 years, but older and younger children can take part.

The Summer Reading Challenge closes on Saturday 9 September 2017.