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This campaign encourages young readers aged 4-11 and their families to read 6 or more books over the summer holidays.

The  2016 theme was ’The Big Friendly Read’, celebrating 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth.


It was the 18th year the annual Summer Reading Challenge had been organised by the Reading Agency charity (external link) and is supported in Wales by Welsh Government and the Welsh Books Council.

Our 22 Welsh local library services received small grants to put on events to support the challenge and many held events in Communities First cluster areas or were working with Fusion partners.

Events took place across Wales and included:
  • chocolate making workshops
  • kids takeover events (when children help out with running the library)
  • story telling and craft workshops 
  • fancy dress as Roald Dahl characters
  • reading activists/young volunteers recruitment drives and much more.
Free e-books (audio and text) and e-magazines are available from public libraries in Wales. 

Further information can be found at your local library: welshlibraries.org (external link) and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SummerReadingChallengeUK (external link).

The Summer Reading Challenge supports our innovative policy initiative, Fusion: Tackling Poverty through Culture which links cultural bodies more closely together with the Communities First programme to inspire young people and adults. 

Fusion: Tackling Poverty through Culture was successfully piloted in 6 Pioneer Areas in 2015-16 and is now being rolled out further across Wales in 2016-17.

Promoting reading during the summer months also supports our Education initiatives such as ‘Make time to read’ (external link) and 'Education begins at home both' of which aim to get families and children reading more at home to help improve future life chances. 

Last year on the 10 July Ken Skates the former Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism launched the Challenge at Cefn Mawr Library in Wrexham.

Launching the challenge at Cefn Mawr Library in Wrexham Councillor Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities and Partnerships from Wrexham Council and Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Launching the challenge at Cefn Mawr Library in Wrexham Councillor Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities and Partnerships from Wrexham Council and former Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates. 

Children from Cefn Mawr, Acrefair, Min Yr Ddol and Rhosymedre attended the launch.

Children from Cefn Mawr, Acrefair, Min Yr Ddol and Rhosymedre attended the launch.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates at the launch.

Former Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates at the launch.