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Reading campaign aims to break record

The council is trying to get as many readers involved as possible. Credit: PA

Young readers in Cumbria are being encouraged to break a world record this summer.

Children between the ages four and eleven can get involved in the Summer Reading Challenge: they have to read six or more library books of their choice, over the holidays.

The theme is record breakers, and the organisers are hoping to receive a Guinness World Record Breaking number of pledges for the campaign.

Cumbria County Council is hoping plenty of local youngsters will get involved:

It’s not every day you get the chance to take part in a world record attempt, so I’d encourage as many people as possible to go along to participating libraries and join the reading challenge.

It’s a great way to encourage children to brush up their reading skills during the long summer holidays, and you can sign up for free at your local library.”

– Councillor Ian Stewart, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Libraries

You can sign up for the challenge:

  • Saturday 11 July, from 10am-12 noon, at Carlisle and Penrith libraries
  • Monday 13 July at Workington library (9.30am-2.30pm)
  • Kendal library (9.30am-11am)
  • Barrow library (9.30am-1.30pm)
  • Longtown library (11.15am-1pm)


Book Week in Scotland

As part of Book Week Scotland the Scottish Book Trust have set up a League of Extraordinary Book Lovers.

The youngest is from our region, local boy Edward Colvin aged 5.

Edward Colvin, aged 5 Credit: ITV Border

Edward will be encouraging reading during Book Week Scotland by reading at a special storytime at Lochthorn Library on Wed 28th

Edward reads to other youngsters Credit: ITV Border
Anne Rinaldi Credit: ITV Border

Anne Rinaldi, from Dumfries and Galloway Libraries said:

"Book week Scotland is a national celebration of reading and libraries are encouraging everyone to get involved and be inspired."