Thousands of children pledge to read and support libraries this summer

Local school children, much-loved children’s authors Guinness World Records adjudicators and Baroness Neville-Rolfe Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (jointly with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport), attended the launch of the Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge 2015, organised by The Reading Agency, which has teamed up with Guinness World Records, at Canada Water Library in south east London this morning. 

This weekend thousands of children and families are pledging to use their local library over the summer and help libraries set a new Guinness World Records title for Most Pledges Received for a Reading Campaign.  Canada Water library kicked things off this morning with hundreds of local school children pledging and attending special Q&A sessions with Guinness World Records adjudicators, Summer Reading Challenge authors and a reading by Baroness Neville-Rolfe. Deputy Mayor for Rotherhithe, Kath Whittam, was also in attendance and spoke to the children about reading this summer. 

Organised by charity The Reading Agency and the public library network, the annual Summer Reading Challenge, aimed at 4-11 year olds, is the biggest reading for pleasure programme in the UK with over 800,000 children taking part for fun last summer. Now entering its 17th year, it’s become the highlight of the summer for many families and helps them rediscover their local library. 

Every year there is a new theme and this year the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records - the global authority in record-breaking achievements and publisher of the annual Guinness World Records™ book – to create Record Breakers. Children sign up at the library and receive a special poster. As they borrow and read at least six library books over the summer, children collect stickers to complete their poster and discover fascinating facts about record breakers as they go.  

The Reading Agency is calling on people of all ages, across the country to pledge to use their local library over the summer and help libraries set the Guinness World RecordsTM title this weekend.  Libraries are collecting pledges between Friday 10 and Monday 13 July. Special pledging events are taking place at libraries around the UK including new children’s laureate Chris Riddell at Brighton and Hove library and Julia Donaldson at Mid-Sussex library, who will also be pledging their support. 

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