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‘Marvellous Makers’ Summer Reading Challenge kicks off from 6 July

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Dorset Library Service takes part in the ‘Marvellous Makers’ Summer Reading Challenge with free activities for families kicking off from 6 July 2024

This summer, children aged 4-11 can visit any Dorset Council library to join the 'Marvellous Makers' Summer Reading Challenge, firing up their imaginations through the power of reading and creative expression.

In partnership with Create, a leading arts charity, and public libraries, this year's Challenge celebrates kids' creativity and storytelling abilities. Children will be encouraged to explore new books and stories while taking part in free activities, from arts and crafts to music, dance, and more.

The bespoke Challenge artwork is illustrated by celebrated artist Natelle Quek, bringing the 'Marvellous Makers' theme vibrantly to life. By reading books and collecting incentives from Dorset Libraries young readers can foster their creative thinking skills over the summer break.

The Summer Reading Challenge aims to prevent the "summer dip" learning loss many children experience over the holidays when they aren't in school. With libraries' support, it provides a free, fun way to keep young minds active. In 2023, over 685,000 children across the UK participated.

Liz Crocker, Service Manager for Libraries said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is an excellent way to get kids reading – and a brilliant free summer holiday activity! Our libraries will inspire young children and this year’s theme will enable children’s inner storytellers and makers.”

Dorset libraries will be hosting a range of events for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Find out what is taking place at a library near you on our website.