7 July 2015

Young readers and parents are invited to help set a new World Record by signing up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The free annual event, which begins in all Sheffield’s libraries on Saturday 11 July, challenges children to visit the library and read over the summer. Children will be asked to make a pledge to do this at the Central Children’s Library at a launch event on 11 July. Parents will also be encouraged to pledge to help children into reading over the holidays.

The reading campaign is being coordinated nationally by The Reading Agency. It will count pledges made from across the country, with a new Guinness World Record set if 100,000 pledges are made.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Reading with children is such fun and I’m sure Sheffield children will enjoy helping to set a new World Record.

“It would be great if people would get involved by visiting the Central Children’s library and reading with their children on Saturday 11th July.

“All Sheffield’s libraries have lots on offer for children and their carers not just on that day but there are free activities running throughout the summer holidays.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children Young People and Families added: “It is our ambition that all children and young people achieve their full potential and anything which encourages children to read is a great way of being successful in this aim.

“It’s a fact that children often slip back in terms or reading when they’re not at school over the long school holidays. This initiative will help keep them reading and hopefully encourage a lifelong love of books. Good luck with the world record attempt as well.”