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Time left to read your way through Lancashire this summer

There’s still time for children of any age to take part in the Lancashire Reading Journey and meet a wonderful collection of colourful characters along the way.

This initiative, now in its third year, runs until Saturday 23 September and is organised by Lancashire County Council.

The Reading Journey is free and aims to keep children reading throughout the summer holidays and in to the start of the new school term.

Children just need to visit a library to join in and complete as many tasks as they want to over the summer, including reading books of their choice, writing, making things and exploring.

On joining the Journey, children will receive an activity book listing 13 different Lancashire-inspired characters. Each character has four optional tasks to complete. Children can choose the characters they want to collect and the tasks they want to participate in.

After completing tasks, children will be rewarded with stickers and certificates.

Any books can be read, including factual, fiction, poetry, jokes or picture books.

Stories on CD also count, as do e-books and audio downloads.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “We’ve been receiving great feedback about the Reading Journey this year, and over 6,700 children have taken part in it so far. It is particularly popular with younger library users bringing in their super artwork, models they’ve made and stories they are keen to share. Libraries’ staff are really impressed by the imagination and ingenuity shown by the young people.

“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 throughout their summer holidays.

“They can choose to read, or a related activity that they enjoy. The tasks are varied, it is up to them to take part doing the activity they want to.

“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.”

It’s free to join the library and under-16s can join by themselves.

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 Lancashire Reading Journey. More information about these is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/events.aspx

For more information about the Lancashire Reading Journey visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/reading-journey.aspx, visit your local library or telephone 0300 123 6703.

To find out more about Lancashire County Council libraries, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries

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