Weekly Reading Tip

Dear Parents,

Last week, we passed on tips for keeping your child engaged in reading throughout the summer.  Often challenges can inspire children more than rewards, ensuring they continue to read beyond the summer.

On Friday 12th July, Marlow Library will be coming to inspire the children to take part in their summer reading challenge! Below is some information for you, as parents, so you can make a start at signing up to the library if you haven’t done so already!   If there is one thing you should continue over the summer it’s read, read, read!!

Marlow Library Reading – Summer Challenge

Here is some info about the Summer Reading Challenge, and what we can offer at Bucks Libraries all year round for keen readers (and their families, too!).

The Summer Reading Challenge is a themed, annual, nationwide reading scheme that has been running for many years in the UK.

It is open to Library card holders only (aged 4-11), so anyone who would like to participate would need to join up to the Library, which is a very simple (and free!) process.   

All we need is a new member with a grown-up with them to act as guarantor, and their proof of address/ signature. Driving licences, utility bills, bank statements etc all count as valid ID. 

Start date is July 13th, and spaces are very limited, so the message is, to get enrolled as soon as you on or after that date.

This year’s theme is “Space Chase”.   All our participants will take part in a cosmic reading journey, unique to Marlow Library, where they may plot their achievements on the wall of fame! Progress is made by reading any six Library books (not just space ones) and then talking to a member of the Library team about what you have read, whether you enjoyed it, who was the best character and so on. There are various small rewards to collect as you go! On completion (finishing date is usually the end of the summer hols), we will hand over a personalised certificate. I know schools are always pleased at the start of the new term to see who has received one, so we encourage our young readers to keep them safe.

The emphasis is very much on fun, and the enjoyment of reading, having an opinion and hopefully sparking the “book bug” in less keen readers. If children find it more convenient to listen to spoken word sets rather than traditional format books, that is perfectly OK. 

I have put the link here if you would like to have a bit more info from the Reading Agency: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ 

Lots of activities will be taking place over the school holidays to tie in with the Space theme, tailored towards different age groups. 

Check out our website https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/find-a-library/marlow/ or call in to see what’s going on!

Regarding the Library generally, we always welcome new members of all ages. Books and magazines are available for borrowing, as are stories on CD and films on DVD. A lot of what is on offer is downloadable, so it could be a chance to have lots of books and magazines available on one’s device in time for holidays! We also have lots of homework and online research sites via the Library website. 

Facilities such as public computers, scanning and photocopying are on hand. Marlow Library is very proud to host a variety of regular and one-off events throughout the year aimed at all parts of the community, be they young or old, or in between!

I know a great many of our borrowers are Burford students already and we look forward to signing them up to this year’s Challenge, along with lots of new faces too!

The Marlow Library Team/The Burford Reading Team