West Berkshire Council

Over 3,000 Children join Mischief Makers at West Berkshire Libraries

West Berkshire Libraries are calling for all 4 to 11 year olds to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

Mischief Makers - Dennis the Menace Image for Summer Reading Challenge

To complete the Challenge, children need to borrow and read any six library books between now and the end of September. The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers! As they read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they receive special stickers and by adding these to their map young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

It's free to take part in Mischief Makers. Children can simply sign up at their nearest library to receive their colourful treasure map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

There are incentives along the way and golden medals for all who complete the Challenge, together with a voucher for a child visit to Beale Wildlife Park near Pangbourne.

There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved by volunteering to help run the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library over the coming months. If you are interested then please visit our Volunteering Portal

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said: "At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. Mischief Makers offers inter-generational appeal and we hope this family friendly, accessible theme will inspire more children than ever to read over the holidays and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond."

Rick Jones, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said: 

"The Summer Reading Challenge is a brilliant annual event. It grows in popularity year on year. With the support of volunteers, the library service promoted the Challenge at over 50 school assemblies this year. This is a huge accomplishment and I would like to thank the volunteers for this great work which is much appreciated. Last year, 3,265 children in West Berkshire signed up for the Challenge. This year, over 3,000 have already signed up and we are hoping that 2018 will be a bumper year!"