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Paw Patrol Party helps kickstart the summer’s big reading challenge at Kesgrave Library

Ruby and Holly meet Marshall at Kesgrave Library Picture: LIZ DITTON

Ruby and Holly meet Marshall at Kesgrave Library Picture: LIZ DITTON

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Kesgrave Community Library went Paw Patrol mad at the weekend as the library celebrated the start of county’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Marshall from Paw Patrol with Florence and Charolotte as 'Skye'  Picture: LIZ DITTONMarshall from Paw Patrol with Florence and Charolotte as 'Skye' Picture: LIZ DITTON

Lucky youngsters were given the chance to meet ‘Marshall’ face-to-face as well as designing their own superhero craft, taking part in a themed treasure hunt and a Paw Patrol inspired raffle.

Councillor Stuart Lawson joined the fun to judge the fancy dress competition.

The event welcomed more than 400 children and adults to celebrate the start of 2018’s reading challenge, which this year is based on the theme of ‘Mischief Makers’ - inspired by ‘The Beano’ and its iconic cartoon characters.

Maggie Lusher, manager of Kesgrave Library, said she was delighted to the response of the library’s big event.

Councillor Stuart Lawson meets Marshall from Paw Patrol Picture: LIZ DITTONCouncillor Stuart Lawson meets Marshall from Paw Patrol Picture: LIZ DITTON

She said: “A big thank you to all who have supported our Superheroes Morning.

“We are hoping that this year’s Summer Reading Challenge will be as successful as last year’s, or even better, with everyone enjoying a great summer of reading and our free craft activities, all related to the theme of ‘The Beano’ and cartoon characters.”

Glemsford Library has also held an event to mark the launch of the challenge including a visit from a very special guest.

Beano illustrator Barrie Appleby joined the celebrations, meeting and greeting the those who attended and offering them the opportunity to win one of his original illustrations.

Ewan, as Chase form Paw Patrol, meets Marshall Picture: LIZ DITTONEwan, as Chase form Paw Patrol, meets Marshall Picture: LIZ DITTON

The library also hosted a Jedi training camp, a paper airplane challenge, a chance to meet a darlek and a sale of sci-fi and fantasy books and collectables.

The reading challenge is a national event, sponsored by the Reading Agency and Libraries, aimed at encouraging children to have fun reading through the summer holidays.

The challenge is for children to read six books throughout the summer and share what they have enjoyed about them with volunteers, earning exciting rewards and goodies such as stickers, bookmarks and wristbands.

The completed challenge culminates in the presentation of gold medals and certificates at a special ceremony in September.

Councillor Stuart Lawson with library manager Maggie Lusher Picture: LIZ DITTONCouncillor Stuart Lawson with library manager Maggie Lusher Picture: LIZ DITTON

Record numbers took part in last year’s challenge, with more than 8,300 youngsters picking up the equivalent of a book a week though the holidays.

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