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A LAUNCH event for 2017’s Summer Reading Challenge is to take place at Middlesbrough’s Central Library.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 15, 12pm-4pm at the Central Library and is designed to encourage primary age children to read during the summer holidays.

There will be a visit from illustrator Liz Million from 12pm-12.45pm, ukelele playing poet Paul Cookson will perform from 1pm-1.45pm and local author Peter Brunton will introduce his books from 2pm.

There will also be a creative writing workshop, hosted by 6e publishing from 2pm-4pm.

Every child who reads six books will be entered into a prize draw.

Ruth Cull, Library Development Officer for Middlesbrough Council, said: “The challenge is a great way for children to maintain and improve their reading skills over the summer. We’d love to see more children than event take part and invite all children aged 4 to 11 to join the fun.”

Allison Potter, manager of the National Literacy Hub in Middlesbrough, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great opportunity for families to spend time together at their local library, reading some fantastic children’s books, hopefully off the Middlesbrough 100 Best Books list.”

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