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Young library patrons embark on a reading adventure around the world<p>​</p><span><p style="text-align:justify;">The City's Library and Information Service will be rolling out its fifth reading programme aimed at children aged between nine and 12 years old.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The service hopes to enthuse as many young readers as possible during December and January to take part in this exciting summer programme. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Often, during the long holiday break, children do not read and they go through what is known as the summer slump. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">They tend to regress in their academic skills, but the programme is designed not only to encourage children to continue reading during the holiday, but also aims to introduce a number of fun elements, as children have to go into the local library to complete a number of challenges.   <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1324px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p style="text-align:justify;">'The benefits of physical activity are well known, but reading is our brains' exercise. Children who engage in mental activities such as reading, can retain much of what they've learnt during the school year. The reading programme also provides them with fun, mentally stimulating challenges which are bound to keep them busy,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A colourful, jam-packed booklet was designed with LiBee the Library Mascot packing her suitcase and accompanying the children as they explore each continent.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">'An important aim of the programme is to help children associate reading with fun and leisure and not see it as a chore or school activity. Therefore the programme is designed with elements of reading, basic computer skills, coding, creative skills and dancing,' said Councillor Van der Ross.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The booklet contains a number of exciting activities such as building the tallest structure in Asia; unraveling a puzzle in Europe to figure out the missing landmark; while children can make a beautiful Rio Carnival mask from South America. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p style="text-align:justify;">Participants can translate English into hieroglyphics in Egypt; while in North America they must make use of the SmartCape computers to find out the names of the extinct animals. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This will introduce them to basic computer skills as they search for the answers and at some libraries, they can compete in the coding game, and save the animals from poachers. Each continent has a short story and a fun activity.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Pop into your local library and ask the librarians for more information and to recommend some reading material for your journey.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Join the Summer Reading programme this holiday and let the reading adventure begin.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-12-12T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2c600120-f64e-48e2-b077-11a8cf3f3e30;L0|#02c600120-f64e-48e2-b077-11a8cf3f3e30|library;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#20f79d77-9003-40a3-ad75-807af3c01d2c;L0|#020f79d77-9003-40a3-ad75-807af3c01d2c|Reading10

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