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"It's all about encouraging children to read for fun" in Dorset

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7:51am 30th July 2013

Youngsters around Dorset are invited to get lost in a 'creepy house' as part of a scary Summer Reading Challenge.

The challenge is for children aged between four and 11 and is completely free to enter.

All they have to do is read six books of their choice over the summer, collecting stickers as they go.

Councillor Peter Finney, Cabinet member for community services at Dorset County Council, said: "The Summer Reading Challenge is a wonderful initiative- what could be better than getting children into libraries?"

"It's all about encouraging children to read for fun, building up their love of books and improving their reading skills."

Children taking part will receive a free foldout poster and be invited to join a gang of young detectives exploring the 'Creepy House' discovering its secrets and meeting its spooky residents.

Alongside the challenge the library will run a programme of other exciting events over the holidays including visits from award-winning author Ali Sparkes and a series of story-telling sessions.

Libraries are also looking for anyone aged 16-25 who can get involved by volunteering as Summer Reading Challenge Champions at libraries around the county.

For more information visit: www.dorsetforyou.com/libraries

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