THE annual Summer Stars reading challenge in all libraries across Laois kicked off last week.
Author Helena Duggan, who was in Portlaoise Library for the official launch, gave some useful tips to children. Also present was cllr Willie Aird, cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, who told the kids that he could still remember books he read when he was growing up and urged them “to avail of the veritable treasure trove in the library”.
The summer reading challenge, which is simple and free, is aimed at children aged 12 years and under and their families. They are encouraged to read eight or more library books of their choice during the summer holidays and will receive their own Summer Stars reading card to record their progress. The Summer Stars reward stamp will be added to their card at the library for each book read. Fun rewards, including a drawstring bag, a bookmark and a Summer Stars pencil will be provided along the way. Those who complete the challenge will be presented with a medal in their local library.
An additional element to the challenge is the Golden Ticket family reading challenge, which encourages adults and children of all ages to read together and enter a draw for a family ticket to Tayto Park.
A host of other free children’s events also take place in libraries throughout the summer, including everything from creative writing and Harry Potter events to all kind of crafts and storytelling as well as Lego, code breaking and slime-making in some libraries. Details are available on www.laoislibraries.ie.