Fort William Library hopes summer challenge will inspire younger readers

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Fort William library has recently welcomed the annual Summer Reading Challenge, this time with an exciting environmental theme.

The challenge aims to encourage reading from all ages across Britain, with amazing activities to inspire even the youngest of readers.

This year the project has paired up with the World Wide Fund (for Nature), which is
a worldwide leader for the protection and preservation of wildlife and the wilderness.

With climate change becoming a severe issue, libraries across the country have helped develop a reading programme that will educate participants on different environmental topics.

Sally Hughes, Fort William Library supervisor, said they hoped the environmental theme would ‘inspire children to get out and enjoy our amazing Highland landscape, and to learn more of the differences they can make to care for this landscape and stand up for the planet.’

Previously the library has hosted sessions and even an award ceremony for those who
completed the challenge. Whilst this year’s event will be predominantly online due to the pandemic, there is still a lot of fun planned for every bookworm.

With a fantastic jungle-themed website that offers a range of book recommendations, a
reading club and many fantastic activities, the Summer Reading Challenge will provide
educational entertainment no matter the weather.

The challenge happens every summer to encourage families to celebrate reading, even
outside the school term. According to the event’s coordinators, the Reading Agency, the
challenge on average gets three quarters of a million children into libraries, helping ensure that they maintain and develop essential literacy skills during the long break.