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Turlin Moor Community Pupils Launch Summer Reading Challenge

Spine-tingling adventures await Poole children that are brave enough to sign up to this year’s annual Summer Reading Challenge.

Poole's libraries are again running their free Summer Reading Challenge, giving children aged four to 11 a chance to read their way through the school holidays, taking part in a host of exciting events as they go. 

This year’s theme of Creepy House promises children thrilling incentives and rewards along the way as they uncover secrets and meet the hair-raising residents of the creepy house. They can help find who stole the Mystery Munglers’ power by collecting trump cards, created by author and illustrator Guy Bass.

All children taking part will receive a free foldout poster, and be invited to join a gang of young detectives exploring the ‘Creepy House’, discovering its secrets and meeting some of the hair-raising residents.  They will need all their courage as they investigate clues and follow a trail through ‘The Awful Upstairs’, ‘The Frightful First Floor’ and ‘The Sinister Cellar’.

All they have to do is read six books of their choice over the summer, collecting stickers to add to their poster as they go. If they successfully complete the challenge, they will be awarded a medal and certificate.

To add to the spooky fun, the library service will host a programme of exciting events and activities over the holidays until 31 August.

The celebrations kick off with a week-long festival of fun called ‘Let’s Get Ready to Mungle’ from 29 July -2 August, featuring performances from Zoolab and storyteller Michele O’Brien among others.

Children can attend weekly Saturday Mystery Mungler Swap sessions running in every library. They can also vote in the Mystery Mungler Election for their favourite Mystery Mungler.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "The Summer Reading Challenge is a spooktacular initiative and a great way to encourage children to enjoy reading from a young age. The challenge is a fun way to build up their love of books and improve their reading skills.

"I am certain our young people will be brave enough to tackle the exciting adventures that await them in this year's creepy house.”

This year's Reading Challenge was launched with children from Turlin Moor Community school who were visited by Poole Libraries Literacy Officer. As part of the annual reading challenge, every year all schools in Poole compete for the Summer Reading Challenge Schools Award. The special presentation plaque is won by the school with the highest number of participants.
Find out more online or visit your local library for more information.