Young bookworms in Sheffield in bid to become record-breakers

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Talib Hussain and Elsa from Frozen helped to launch a summer reading challenge at Sheffield Central Library. Also pictured are Councillor Isobel Bowler, Georgia Williams, five, Alys Gibson, four, and Evie Wright Palmer, four.
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Talib Hussain and Elsa from Frozen helped to launch a summer reading challenge at Sheffield Central Library. Also pictured are Councillor Isobel Bowler, Georgia Williams, five, Alys Gibson, four, and Evie Wright Palmer, four.
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Libraries in Sheffield are aiming to set a new world record by encouraging children and parents to read this summer.

The annual summer reading challenge has a new Record Breakers theme this year.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Talib Hussain and Elsa from Frozen helped to launch a summer reading challenge at Sheffield Central Library. Pictured is Georgia Williams, five.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Talib Hussain and Elsa from Frozen helped to launch a summer reading challenge at Sheffield Central Library. Pictured is Georgia Williams, five.

Libraries across the country are aiming to set a world record for the most pledges for a single reading campaign – and are aiming to get 100,000 to sign up.

The launch of the challenge took place at Sheffield Central library in the city centre, with Coun Talib Hussain, Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

Tina Barber, who is organising the Sheffield event, said she is confident the city can reach its target of 1,000 pledges as part of the national campaign.

She said: “The challenge is to help children continue their learning through the summer. We also want to encourage adults to read as well. Reading changes lives.”

The challenge asks children of all ages to read six books of their choice over the summer holidays.

n For more information on this year’s reading challenge, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries/childrenandyoungpeople/summer-reading-challenge.html