Make mischief at Somerset libraries

Close Up Of Children Reading On Window Seat

All Somerset’s libraries are inviting children to become Mischief Makers in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Beano.

Starting in Somerset libraries from tomorrow (Saturday 14 July), all children have to do is visit their local library and sign up to read six books throughout the summer.

As they read each book, they will receive special stickers to help complete their Mischief Makers poster and discover a hidden treasure.

Everyone who completes the challenge by reading their six books will receive a certificate and a unique Summer Reading Challenge Medal.

And the Challenge gets off to a very special start a little later at Yeovil Library (from 21 July) when Demon Headmaster creator Gillian Cross and local children’s author Cherry Cobb head up a day of fun.

The party day at Yeovil runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday, 21 July and there will be loads of activities for children aged four to 11 to tie in with the ‘Mischief Makers’ theme. Children can have a go at Lego Stop Motion Animation, codebreaking with Cherry Cobb, or making a Whoopee Cushion – as well as designing creepy Demon Headmaster specs with Whitbread Children’s Book Award winner Gillian. Booking is advisable for the workshops.

Youngsters can come dressed as their favourite cartoon character with a prize for the best costume.

The lucky first 100 children to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at Yeovil Library will receive a free goody bag.

There’ll also be similar activities and author talks at libraries across Somerset all summer – your child can help Dennis, Gnasher and friends explore Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries said; “This is a great opportunity for children and young people to further their reading skills in a fun and engaging way, and I would encourage all parents and carers to get their children involved if they can.”

You can find more details of your local events here:

Young readers can also go on the website to create a profile, chat about books, and play games.

The Summer Reading Challenge, which is free to join, runs from Saturday 14 July until Saturday 8 September.