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Making Mischief at Libraries this Summer

Children will be causing mayhem at South Tyneside libraries this summer as they go on adventure with some of the most infamous mischief makers of them all.

South Tyneside libraries service has joined forces with The Reading Agency to encourage young readers to take on this year's national Summer Reading Challenge.

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of children's comic Beano, the theme for this year's initiative is Mischief Makersand gives children the opportunity to explore the world of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure.

With the support of favourite characters from the much loved Beano comics - Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and friends - children aged four to 11 will be challenged to borrow and read at least six library books of their choice over the school break. Youngsters can also collect stickers and rewards and enjoy a range of fun Mischief Maker themed events and activities along the way.

Parents are encouraged to sign their child up from Saturday 14 July when registration opens.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: "Our libraries are once again delighted to be supporting the national summer reading challenge.

"It is a really simple and fun way of engaging children and sustaining an enthusiasm for reading during the summer holidays. It is also a real incentive to get children into our libraries.

"Inspired by some of Beano's classic characters, we hope to see scores of youngsters joining in the Mischief Makers and taking on the challenge this summer. This provides a perfect opportunity to share and talk about books as a family and start children off on a lifelong reading journey."

The Summer Reading Challenge, organised by The Reading Agency, is running until 8 September. Children who sign up will be given a Beantown map to keep a record of their journey and those who complete the challenge by reading six books or more will also receive a certificate and a medal.

The Reading Agency initiative has been running since 1999 and takes place each year during the six week holidays in libraries across the country.

For further information about the Summer Reading Challenge or full details of the Mischief Maker activities in South Tyneside libraries visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/libraries, call (0191) 427 1818 or pop into libraries for a leaflet.

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