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Summer Reading Challenge 2021
The Council is once again supporting the annual Summer Reading Challenge for its younger book lovers, in line with current Welsh Government COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.
This year, The Reading Agency, which runs the Summer Reading Challenge, has teamed up with WWF, the worlds leading independent conservation organisation, for a very special natured-themed Summer Challenge Wild World Heroes.
Youngers readers interested in being a part of this years FREE Summer Reading Challenge can join online or ask for further details at their local library. Those who successfully complete the Challenge will receive a medal and a certificate.
Meet the Wild World Heroes
All Rhondda Cynon Taf libraries have now re-opened to the public, with restrictions in place for the safety of staff and visitors. Face coverings must also be worn indoors and the use of hand sanitiser is encouraged.
The Councils online Order and Collect service, which has proved extremely popular since launching in 2020, also remains in place for book lovers across the County Borough.
Younger readers are also being encouraged to pick up a book during the summer school holidays in a bid to maintain or improve their literacy skills.
The aim is for 4-to-11 year-olds to read up to six books as part of this years online Summer Reading Challenge during the school holidays, a time when childrens literacy skills traditionally dip.
The Summer Reading Challenge 2021 is available in both English and Welsh formats.
Councillor Rhys Lewis, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, with responsibility for Libraries, said:
I am delighted that our libraries across the County Borough have now reopened to the public, including the brand-new facility at Llys Cadwyn in Pontypridd.
I am also pleased that our online Order and Collect service has been well received by the public and will therefore continue for the foreseeable future.
The summer school holidays are an important time for our young learners to recharge their batteries after a very difficult time, but it is equally important that they maintain and continue to improve their literacy skills.
The annual Summer Reading Challenge therefore remains an important and enjoyable initiative which runs throughout the school holidays, with the help of our libraries staff and The Reading Agency.
It not only encourages our young people to pick up a book at a time when they may not necessarily do so, but it is also a great way to introduce young people into the world of literature and broaden their imagination.
Young readers will be transported to the fictional town of Wilderville, a cool place where the Wild World Heroes can do more to make their town even better for the people and animals that live there.
Join the Wild World Heroes for the Summer Reading Challenge 2021 and discover how you too can make a difference to the environment and the place you live.
Wild World Heroes feature amazing books, awesome rewards and plenty of ideas for taking care of our local environment and our planet
The Summer Reading Challenge is the largest childrens reading for pleasure programme in the UK. The first Summer Reading Challenge took place in 1999 and is an annual initiative based on a different theme each year.
The programme is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with public libraries, publishers and schools across the UK and is supported by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
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