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Slide into Summer Reading with Libraries NI

From Monday 1 July children across Northern Ireland will be sliding into summer reading for this year’s Big Summer Read. 

The annual reading initiative is a free programme which encourages children and teens to continue reading throughout the summer months. Libraries NI welcomed local presenter and author Stephen Clements to promote the Big Summer Read. Stephen hosted a special Storytime event in Bangor Carnegie Library reading the children some of his favourite stories. 

Libraries NI is inviting children aged 15 and under to sign up to the Big Summer Read by calling into any of the public or mobile libraries across Northern Ireland. Educational, fun activities is an important feature of the initiative with events and workshops including Storytime and Crafts, Lego, Teddy Bears Picnic and Everyday First Aid running in libraries across Northern Ireland throughout July and August!

A reading chart and record card will be given to every child on their first visit to the library during July and August. Throughout the summer children are invited to challenge themselves to read as many books as possible recording each book on their reading chart. At the end of the summer, participants will receive a special certificate in recognition of their reading achievement.

Libraries NI Chief Executive Jim O’Hagan said:

“Throughout the summer months it is essential to provide children with access to reading in a fun and relaxed way. Reading for pleasure has many educational benefits with the Big Summer Read being a great way to address the ‘Summer Slide’, a decline in reading activity that can occur when schools are closed. Children who read throughout the summer are better prepared when they return to school in September. 

“Libraries are an excellent free resource for families to have access to books of a wide range of interests and reading levels. The Big Summer Read and all associated events are free to take part in and is a great way to keep children and teens entertained during the holidays while encouraging them to read.” 

For more information on the Big Summer Read, details of free activities and how you can sign up, call into a local library or find out more on the Libraries NI website at​

Stephen Clements promotes Libraries NI Big Summer Read with Calum, Lily, Adam and Erin 
Photo: Radio presenter Stephen Clements with Calum, Lily, Adam and Erin for the launch of the Big Summer Read.