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Get ready for the Libraries NI Sea to Shore Big Summer Read

Libraries NI Big Summer Read will take children aged 15 and under on a coastal journey and everyone is invited to join the adventure.

The Big Summer Read is a free programme aimed at offering fun and interactive ways to keep children and teens reading during the summer holidays. The theme this year is “Sea to Shore” and will be running in all 96 public libraries and 16 mobile libraries from Monday 2 July until Friday 31 August.

A vast and varied programme of events for all ages will include fascinating talks and workshops promoting stories about our rugged coastline, towering lighthouses and of course … the sea!

Taking part couldn’t be easier and it’s free.  Call in to your nearest library or mobile library from Monday 2 July to receive your very own activity booklet to get you started. As you borrow and read books during July and August children will collect 12 special image cards to add to their booklets.

Jim O’Hagan, Libraries NI Chief Executive said:

“Libraries NI is committed to encouraging children to read over the holidays, as we believe that children who read during the summer are better equipped when they return to school in September.

“We are particularly pleased to include a number of events for adults this year too. The Big Summer Read is one of our most popular initiatives and our libraries are always buzzing with excited children during July and August.

“We’re lucky to have some great partner organisations on board this year, each offering brilliant incentives to get all the family involved. Great Lighthouses of Ireland is running a colouring competition to win a family break to stay in a lightkeeper’s cottage at St. John’s Point Lighthouse, County Down.  They are also offering free child entry to Rathlin West, Fanad Head or Valentia Island Lighthouses for all those who complete the Lighthouse Quiz. In addition, The Titanic Foundation is inviting Big Summer Read participants the opportunity to join an interactive storytelling tour on Titanic Slipways and National Museums Northern Ireland will be giving 100 lucky Big Summer Readers a family pass to either the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum or the Ulster American Folk Park.

“This year’s Big Summer Read is set to be the best ever and families will not want to miss out in all the fun.  It’s free and open to all those aged 15 and under so we look forward to seeing you at the library soon.”

For further information visit Big Summer Read.