In case you missed it, we’re spending a few weeks this summer showcasing the book stock at Warrington’s libraries – and picking a few of our favourite genres and perhaps inspiring you to try something different from your usual read!
We’re calling this little campaign SummerStock 2019 and over the next few weeks we will be posting videos, photos, polls and general discussion points on this website and our social media channels.
We’d love YOU to get involved by commenting and sharing what sort of books YOU like to read – and what sort of books you would like to see on library shelves.
Warrington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: “We want to make our libraries inclusive, creative and inspirational for all. High quality books is a hugely important part of that, which is why we’re investing so heavily in our stock.
“We’ve talked to local people about the types of books they’d like to see, and this has helped us stack our library shelves with a range of diverse titles, aimed at keeping people of all ages, abilities and interests, coming back again and again.
“Reading is one of the best things you can do. For adults, it can promote wellbeing, provide mental stimulation and reduce stress. For children, it can improve vocabulary, broaden horizons and boost imaginations. There’s never been a better time to get into reading in Warrington. So why not get down to your local Health & Wellbeing genre last week, this week we are looking at the Summer Reading Challenge that’s currently taking place – that’s aimed at keeping kids reading over the summer holidays.
Last year over 1,700 children across Warrington took part in the challenge, with LiveWire’s libraries team hoping that even more get involved his summer.
The mission is for children to read up to six books over the summer. Youngsters can read whatever they like – fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, audio books – just as long as they are borrowed from the library.
The 2019 theme is ‘Space Chase’ and youngsters taking part in the challenge will follow clues to help intergalactic family ‘The Rockets’ track down books that have gone missing from their favourite moon library!
Children receive rewards each time they finish a book and get nearer to solving the mystery of why books are disappearing from the moon library. There’s a certificate and medal for everyone who completes the challenge.
Community Librarian Rachel has shared some of her favourite childhood books – perhaps to inspire you!
They include Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. What are yours?
We’d love to hear more about what books your youngsters are enjoying this summer!
Next week…Community Librarian Matthew Entwistle gets techy talking about our digital and tech page-turners!