Every year, thousands of families all over the country are involved in the UK's biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge. In 2013, the Challenge is called Creepy House.
The aim of the challenge is to get children aged 4 -12 to read six books from their library during the summer holidays.
It's great fun for kids, it keeps them reading through the summer preventing their reading ability from dipping and what's more, it doesn't cost a penny to join.
How do I sign my child up?
Just head to your local library at the beginning of the summer holidays. Staff will enrol your children - it's completely free of charge - and every child will receive a membership pack.
What books can my children read?
The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children of all ages and reading abilities. They can read any books they like - fact books, stories, joke books, picture books - it's up to them. Audio books count too! As long as you're borrowing them from the library, they all count.
Do the children who finish the challenge receive anything?
Yes, everybody who reads six books or more will receive a certificate and a medal. There are stickers and other small prizes to collect along the way.
Will anything else be going on in the library over the summer?
To find out what other activities are happening in your local library go to http://www.devon.gov.uk/thezone or pop in and say hello.
Two events for Carnegie
1. We urgently need students to form a shadowing group and represent the College at the annual schools shadowing event to be held this year at Tavistock College on Wednesday 19th June.
If you think you might be interested in having fun and taking part just drop into the Library or speak to Miss Strongman in the English Department.
2. Carnegie Judges vs Tavistock Students
All staff and students are invited to take part - Join the debate, read a book and give it a score
We’ve allocated a coloured book to each of the titles. Why don’t you read one (or all 8 if you’re up to it) of the shortlisted books, give it a score out of 10 and add to the display in the Library. How many books can you read before 19th June? We’ll tot up all your scores and compare our winner with the official choice and see if you agree!
The run up to World Book Day this year was especially exciting with a Scholastic Book Fair running for a week giving everyone a chance to spend their World Book Day vouchers, and a talk to year 7 by author Katherine Roberts. Katherine read from the first book in her Pendragon series, ‘Sword of Light’ a story set in the time of King Arthur. The heroine Rhianna Pendragon, is the secret daughter of Arthur and Guinevere. Raised in ignorance of her parentage she had been taken by Merlin to enchanted Avalon as a baby for protection against the evil Mordred. She finds out her true parentage when Arthur dies and now as the King’s heir she must go on a quest: to search for the four magical Lights with the power to restore Arthur’s soul to his body. The Year 7s were hooked by the story, commenting "she made me want to read the book because she made it sound really interesting", "it was inspiring" and "I was really excited to see an author". Many used their World Book Day vouchers to help pay for a signed copy of one of the books in the series.
As part of the celebrations competitions were running on the website and in the Library and a display of the specially published, free £1.00 World Book Day books allowed students to see what else they could exchange their vouchers for!
Congratulations to all our competition winners.
Now celebrating its 16th year, ‘World Book Day’ on Thursday March 7th will be the biggest celebration of children’s books and reading in the UK and Ireland this year. Eight free books were produced in a partnership between publishers, booksellers, authors etc, working together to promote the enjoyment of books and reading to young people everywhere. To mark the occasion we will be giving away a free book token to every student so they can buy a book to read on ‘World Book Day’.
Author Katherine Roberts is coming on 4th March to talk to year 7 students about her books. You can spend your voucher as £1.00 off one of her new books and get it signed!
The Library will also be running 2 competitions. WHY NOT HAVE A GO! Prizes for the winners!
Can YOU guess the 9 book titles? There are 9 quotes to help you.
Only available on-line, just fill out the form and click enter at the bottom of the page! A prize will be awarded to the winner in each category. Categories are - yrs7/8, yrs 9-11 and yrs 12/13/Staff
Closing date for entries: end of school on Thursday 7th March.
Daily Conundrums. There will be a daily conundrum on Thursday 28th February, Friday 1st March, Mon 4th, Tues 5th , Wed 6th and Thursday 7th
Only available in the Library – just pick up a slip from the counter.
Entries for each conundrum must be handed in by end of that school day!