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With author Charlie Higson promoting the Summer Reading Challenge (photo by Robin Mayes)

Nia is supporting a campaign run by the Reading Agency to encourage children to join their local library and take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Children earn stickers and a certificate or “Olympic style” medal when they complete the Challenge. This is the 14th year of the Challenge and this year the theme is “Story Lab” which is set in a city hosting the Olympic Games www.story-lab.org.uk.
Over 20 popular children’s authors are supporting the campaign including children’s laureate Julia Donaldson and fellow award-winning writers Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.

Nia Griffith MP said; “If parents and children are wondering what to do for the rest of the holidays, then I can strongly recommend taking children to their local library and joining in the Summer Reading Challenge. It’s free and makes reading fun, a vital ingredient in building literacy. Last year 785 children in Carmarthenshire took part in the Challenge. I hope we will beat that figure this year and show local libraries how much we value them.”