There’s still time for children aged from four to 12 to take part in the Lancashire Reading Journey, known as the SCART Club, and take on a number of fun tasks along the way.
This initiative, now in its fourth year, has been so popular this year that it has been extended to run until Saturday 29 September. It is organised by Lancashire County Council.
SCART Club stands for Science, Culture, Active, Reading and Technology. It is free to take part in and aims to keep children reading and entertained.
Children just need to visit a library to join in and complete two tasks from each of the five SCART themes. One task for every theme must be linked to reading. All libraries will have activities available to help children complete tasks and try new skills.
On joining the SCART Club children will receive a task book, and will need to complete all five tasks to receive their rewards of stickers and prizes.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “The SCART Club has been incredibly popular this year. So much so that we’ve decided to extend it, so that more children get the chance to take part. The feedback we have received has been really positive. 1,615 children have completed their tasks already and there are still 2,077 children with tasks to finish.
“It is good to hear that there have been nearly 700 trips made to Lancashire museums using the free family pass that children taking part in the SCART Club receive.
“There’s still a few weeks to go before the deadline, and it really is a great way to encourage children to keep reading and learning.
“As well as being fun, it is also a good way to boost children’s literacy, which not only helps with their education, but also improves their life chances in the future.”
Children just need to visit a library to join in and complete as many tasks as they want to, including reading books of their choice, writing, making things and exploring.
Young people aged 12 to 24 also have the opportunity to volunteer as a ‘Reading Hack’ at their local library, as part of the Reading Journey. This role is to support children on the Reading Journey, and help with organising and running events. To volunteer, please visit bit.ly/readhack.
Libraries around the county will be hosting different events to promote the SCART Club. More information about these is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/events.aspx
For more information about the SCART Club, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/reading-journey.aspx, call in at your local library or telephone 0300 123 6703.
To find out more about Lancashire County Council libraries visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries