Posted: Tuesday 31st October 2017
Case closed! Animal Agents
Congratulations to all children who took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge! We are delighted to announce that a record-breaking 21,681 Hertfordshire children signed up to read six books and catch a crafty crook alongside the Animal Agents. Did your child solve the mystery?
Staff and volunteers loved hearing young library visitors discuss the books they read over the holidays. It was also fantastic to see their many creative approaches to the ‘Design a Detective’ name tag.
A few faces from Stevenage Central Library’s detective agency!
Throughout the summer libraries also hosted a variety of activities linked to the Animal Agents theme. These ranged from a popular county launch event at Hemel Hempstead Library to visits from the Blue Cross, Dogs Trust and local PCSOs across Hertfordshire.
In October there was an extra surprise in store for 80 lucky children, who won tickets to meet author Gareth P. Jones at a special prize draw event. A Blue Peter Book Award-winner (and a talented ukulele player to boot!), Gareth delivered two fun-filled interactive sessions featuring readings from his books, music, magic tricks, signings and a few rounds of the ominously titled card game ‘Certain Death’. The audience also enjoyed joining in with several catchy songs based on his books, including The Thornthwaite Inheritance, Ninja Meerkats and his latest Pet Defenders series.
Gareth’s visit was a big success with children and parents alike. One attendee commented: ‘Thanks for a great event! The Summer Reading Challenge is a great motivator and my son was chuffed to be invited today. Gareth was a great entertainer and it was a lot of fun.’
We hope your family has enjoyed Animal Agents as much as we did. We are looking forward to another fantastic reading adventure in 2018, when the Summer Reading Challenge will return with an exciting new theme!
Hertfordshire’s libraries host activities for children of all ages all year round. For the latest news on events at your local library follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
We would like to extend a big thank you to this year’s 408 Summer Reading Challenge volunteers for their vital role in ensuring that children were given plenty of time and encouragement to talk about their chosen books.
Throughout the year we offer a range of volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-24 years as part of the Reading Hack programme. If you know a young person who wants to inspire others to read, please encourage them to apply on our website.