24 October 2014

Children across Northamptonshire are being encouraged to get reading this autumn in order to raise money for new books for their local library.

Rushden and Desborough libraries have signed up for the Usborne Books Reading Challenge, which invites young readers to earn sponsorship money for reading as many books as they can.

Their sponsorship money can then be used to buy new library books – and publisher Usborne will even donate some free books depending on the amount each library raises.

About the reading challenge

The Usborne Reading Challenge will run from today (October 24) to Saturday 8th November.

Cllr Robin Brown, county councillor cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Usborne Reading Challenge as it encourages parents to share books with their children and aims to ignite a real love of books and reading.

“It is also a fantastic way for us to raise awareness of our Take 10 pledge campaign, in which parents are being asked to commit to read with their children for 10 minutes every day – something that can reap huge rewards for both the adult and the child.”

The reading challenge has two levels. Ready Teddy Listen is for younger children who can earn sponsorship for listening to stories being read aloud, while Ready Steady Read is aimed at older, more confident readers who can raise sponsorship for each book they read.

How does the challenge raise money for libraries?

Usborne Books will donate an extra 10% worth of books for every £100 each library raises, an additional 30% for every £250 raised or a further 60% for every £600 raised in sponsorship.

The challenge is open to all children visiting Rushden and Desborough libraries and is being promote through local schools and nurseries.

To find out more about the Usborne Books Reading Challenge, visit org.usbornebooksathome.co.uk/bookskidslove-co-uk.

Further information about Northamptonshire County Council’s Take 10 reading pledge can be found at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/justread.