Record breaking bid as part of annual Summer Reading Challenge

The library service is busy preparing for the children’s Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge which will be officially launched on Saturday, July 11 at Oxford Central Library.

As part of the launch people of all ages are being asked to make a pledge to help set a new Guinness World Records™ title for the Most Pledges Received for a Reading Campaign.

The attempt is being organised by the national Reading Agency and library services across the country – including Oxfordshire - are collaborating in the effort.

Anyone wishing to participate can come along to Oxford Central Library on July 11th between 11am and 3pm.

As well as handing in their pledges, children will be able to meet local authors, Julia Golding and Cas Lester, sign up for the challenge and take part in various fun activities.  There is an Animal Magic story-time from 11.00am to 12.00 noon and a Neill Cameron Cartoon Workshop from 2pm to 3pm.

What is the Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge is simple, fun and free. Children are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice during the summer holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate and medal for every child who completes the Challenge.

Organised by the Reading Agency, the public library network and Guinness World Records, this year’s theme is Record Breakers.

Young readers will be encouraged to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records as featured in the Guinness World Records Books collecting stickers detailing weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world in six different categories: Cool Tech, Way to Go!, The Big Stuff, Animal Magic, People Power and Action! Adventure!

There will also be fun activities, storytimes and craft sessions at many libraries. For information about events at your local library please visit the website https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraries

Looking for volunteers

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, will launch the event.

She said: “Last year more than 9,000 children participated countywide and we are hoping this year that even more children and families will get involved.

“Older children and young people can also take part. Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 13-24 to help deliver the challenge.

“If you like books and reading and would be happy to spare 10 or more hours over the holidays, please get in touch.

“I look forward to seeing as many people as possible on July 11 – come along and help us be record breakers!”

More information and application forms can be found at https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraries