Summer Reading Challenge!

(Last Updated On: July 16, 2018)
The Summer Reading Challenge is here!

From tomorrow, Saturday 14th July, Torbay Libraries will be hosting the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, where children aged 4-11 will be set the task of reading six books during the six-week school holiday.This year’s Challenge is set to get off to a mischievous start with the ‘Mischief Makers’. The theme is inspired by the historic Beano comics, which celebrate their 80th anniversary this year.

Children can sign up at any library in Torbay, and will receive incentives to encourage them along the way, plus a certificate and medal when they finish.

Tomorrow, Paignton and Brixham libraries are hosting launch events including craft activities, including making Dennis the Menace puppets and Mr Cosmo the magician.

There will be plenty of events happening at all Torbay Libraries throughout the holidays. Join in the fun and check out what’s on at your local library throughout the summer on the Torbay Libraries website or visit the Torbay Libraries Facebook page.

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!