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Summer Reading Scheme gets into gear 11 June 2007

THE Department of Education’s Family Library is getting geared up for the start of its Summer Reading Scheme. Born to be Wild Poster

The theme of this year’s scheme is ‘Born to be Wild – Reading Race’ and is inspired by the centenary of the TT.

The ‘race’ starts on Saturday, July 7, when children aged six and over will be challenged to get to five stages around a TT course map, on display in the library, by reading that number of books.

Participants have the next three weeks to get on board and register at the library, based at Noble’s Hall, Westmoreland Road, Douglas. They must sign on before July 3.

Saturday, July 7 will be the official launch day, when young participants will collect their race packs, which contain logbooks, pit passes and Reading Racer badges.

Librarian Mary Cousins said:

‘This scheme has been inspired by the centenary of the TT races and we are hoping that it encourages the Island’s children to have some fun and read over the summer holidays.’

In conjunction with the Summer Reading Scheme, a drawing competition is taking place for under sixes.

Mary explained:

‘We are asking children to draw us a picture of something wild. We’ll be giving a small token to each child who takes part and there will be prizes at the end of the summer for the best pictures we receive.’

The drawing competition runs from July 7 to September 3.

The Family Library has reached its highest membership ever. It saw 673 new members sign up in 2006-07, taking its total membership to 1,116.

Young people pay £1 a year to join and must have their application signed by a parent or guardian. They may borrow up to six books, three CDs and one DVD at a time from the library’s impressive collection and keep them for up to two weeks.

Contact for further information:
Mary Cousins, Librarian – 673123.

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