Summer Reading Buzz a page-turner for kids

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

LIBRARIES across Fingal will be buzzing this summer with eager young readers looking to get involved in an initiative that is sure to keep young fingers turning page after page.

The Summer Reading Buzz 2014 aims to inspire children, primarily from the age of 7 to 12 years to have fun with books by reading during the long summer holidays. It's open to all children who are members of Fingal libraries.

Children must register in their local Fingal Library to take part in the Buzz and they will be given a Summer Reading Buzz membership card and asked to enter their name and Library card number.

Every time a child returns a book they have read, their Buzz membership card will be stamped with a specially designed Bee stamp.

When the card is completed (i.e. when they have read 10 books) the child can then hand the card into the library or post it into the special beehive box where it will be entered into a draw for some lovely prizes.

Yvonne O'Brien Senior Executive Librarian with Fingal said: 'Research shows that children's literacy is greatly improved by access to summer reading at public libraries and this initiative is a fun way to engage children in reading while having a fun time.'.

At the end of the Buzz each Fingal library will hold a ceremony to award a certificate and a medal to each child who has completed one or more membership cards. On completion of their first membership card each child will receive a Going Places with Books wristband.

Throughout the summer we'll have surprise 'bonus points' weeks where two stamps are given instead of one for each book read.

'There will also be storytelling and arts and crafts sessions on the theme of Bees, Buzzing and Reading to accompany the challenge.'

Fingal Independent

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