Beano stars take part in South Tyneside’s summer reading challenge

Coun Alan Kerr with children's librarian Jolene Dunbar at The Word.
Coun Alan Kerr with children's librarian Jolene Dunbar at The Word.

Mayhem will be the theme at libraries in South Tyneside this summer as youngsters go on adventure with some of the most infamous mischief makers of them all.

South Tyneside libraries service has joined forces with The Reading Agency to encourage young readers to take on this year’s national Summer Reading Challenge.

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of children’s comic Beano, the theme for this year’s initiative is Mischief Makers and gives children the opportunity to explore the world of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure.

With the support of favourite characters from the much loved Beano comics – Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and friends – children aged four to 11 will be challenged to borrow and read at least six library books of their choice over the school break.

Coun Alan Kerr, the council’s with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “Our libraries are once again delighted to be supporting the national summer reading challenge.

“Inspired by some of Beano’s classic characters, we hope to see scores of youngsters joining in the Mischief Makers and taking on the challenge this summer. This provides a perfect opportunity to share and talk about books as a family and start children off on a lifelong reading journey.”

The challenge, organised by The Reading Agency, is running until September 8. Children who sign up will be given a Beantown map to keep a record of their journey and those who complete the challenge by reading six books or more will also receive a certificate and a medal.

For further info visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/libraries.