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Join the Gadgeteers this summer and explore the magic of reading

Six Gadgeteer cartoon characters beneath Reading Challenge textPlymouth Libraries are encouraging children across the city to read six or more library books (including eBooks) during their summer holidays alongside the Gadgeteers.

The Gadgeteers are a group of six young friends who enjoy working together to solve problems. The aim of the programme is to inspire children to explore the magic of science and innovation through reading.

Children can join the programme from Saturday 16 July at any Plymouth library. After joining, they will receive a pack so they can track their progress and their six Gadgeteer friends will join them along the way.

Councillor Charlotte Carlyle, Cabinet Member for Skills, Children and Young People, said: “It is excellent that the libraries are running the programme again this year. My children, when they were younger, regularly took part and I saw the benefit it gave them.

"The scheme has been designed in an entertaining way so that the children of Plymouth can explore their creativity and imagination, as well as learning.

“We want them to have a love of reading from a very early age and the library challenge goes a long way to help achieve that. Plus, it’s a great challenge for the parents and carers to get involved with as well.”

After every two books, children are encouraged to visit their local library and chat to library staff about the books and will get a sticker to add to their Summer Reading Challenge pack. If they read six books, visit a library and talk to staff about the final two books they have read they will get a medal.

In September they will also receive a certificate for completing the challenge which will be given out in their school assembly.

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with libraries.

You can find out more about the summer programme here.