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Join the Big Friendly Read

Published: Friday, 1st July 2016

Join the Big Friendly Read

We’re inviting all young book lovers and new readers to join us at their local library this summer for The Big Friendly Read.

All Angus libraries - and that includes our mobile libraries – are joining in this year’s Roald Dahl-themed Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland. And we’re planning lots of Roald Dahl inspired fun.

From Monday 4 July to Monday 15 August, this year’s challenge is a fantastic way to nurture children’s reading skills over the summer holidays. We hope it can open up a world of fun and adventure and keep boredom at bay.

Sylvia Main, ANGUSalive Libraries Children and Families Development Officer, said:

“The Big Friendly Read is fun and it’s free, which is great news for parents!

“Last year’s Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland was a great success with over 700 children in Angus taking part. This year promises to be just as popular with lots of interest already across the county. New library members are especially welcome so come along and join in.”

Getting involved couldn’t be easier - Just head to your local ANGUSalive library or mobile library from 4 July, sign up and read six books over the summer holidays.

Boys and girls can earn fun rewards along the way and every child who completes the challenge is invited to a special award ceremony in August.

Primary school-aged children can pick out any books that appeal to them but, to celebrate the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, our libraries will have lots of Roald Dahl books waiting for readers to devour.

“Matilda”, “The Witches”, “The BFG” – all your favourites will be there!

We have lots of free Challenge-related summer activities in our libraries too.  Cook up a Revolting Recipes picnic, concoct your own George’s Marvellous Medicine, or build a chocolate making machine for Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory.

Contact your local library for more.

There is also a Bookbug’s Library Challenge especially for younger children, to provide reading and stories for babies through to pre-school-age children.

Kirsty Hunter, ANGUSalive Chief Executive, said:

“We are pleased to be part of this national initiative to encourage our young children to visit their local library and join in the exciting free activities on offer.

“Many of our staff were keen readers as children and are ready to inspire the same love of reading in children across Angus this summer. I remember reading “James and the Giant Peach” again and again as a child - who can resist Roald Dahl!”

It is easy and free to join us if you are not already a library member. Ask at your local library for more information, or go to

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