A LIBRARY takes on the challenge of getting children to read during the holidays.

Participants in the challenge, hosted by Darlington Library, will have the chance to win prizes including Nintendo Switch, Harry Potter Lego sets, A Fit Bit charge 4 watch, scooters, annual family pass to the Head Museum of Steam. , tickets to this year’s pantomime at Darlington Racecourse and bowling at the Dolphin Center.

The Reading Rollercoaster Challenge is free and takes place at Crown Street and Cockerton Libraries from July 10.

Children aged 0-16 can participate by borrowing books and participating in the raffle.

It aims to avoid the “reading dip” often observed by teachers when children return to class.

Councilor Jon Clarke, a member of the Darlington City Council for Children and Youth cabinet, said: ‘We know education and literacy skills have recently declined due to the coronavirus.

“With our reading roller coaster, we gave the kids a fun challenge to improve their reading skills and encourage them to re-engage in reading.

“We hope that by encouraging them to read and share books as a family, children are better prepared for the return to school and that younger children receive as much help as possible to develop their early language skills which have been affected by the use of facial blankets and limited interactions outside the home during the pandemic. ”

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