Over 30,000 children and young people across Northern Ireland have been sliding into summer reading for this year’s Libraries NI Big Summer Read.  The annual reading initiative is a free programme which encourages children and teens to continue reading throughout the summer months. Since beginning on 1 July 2019, over 30,000 children have read a staggering 222,836 books.

If you have not signed up yet, it is not too late to get involved. The Big Summer Read, along with a special programme of events is running until Saturday 31 August. Children aged 15 and under can take part by calling into any of the public or mobile libraries across Northern Ireland.

A reading chart and record card will be given to every young person on their first visit to the library. Children and teens are invited to read as many books as possible recording each book on their reading chart. Participants will receive a special certificate in recognition of their reading achievement at the end of the summer.

For more information on the Big Summer Read, free events and activities taking place in your local library and how you can sign up today or book your place at an event, call into your nearest library or go to the Libraries NI website librariesni.org.uk

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