Be a record breaker by signing up to summer reading challenge

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Libraries are getting ready to encourage young readers to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records as featured in the Guinness World Records Books as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2015.

Organised by The Reading Agency charity and the public library network, the annual Summer Reading Challenge, which is aimed and four to 11 year olds and their families, is simple and fun.

Every year there is a new theme and this year the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records, the global authority in record-breaking achievements and publisher of the annual Guinness World Record™ book, to establish a ‘Record Breakers’ themed Challenge.

Record Breakers brings together fact and fiction, challenging young readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements and world records.

The challenge is running at all libraries in Bedford and the mobile library (Bedford Central, Bromham, Kempston, Putnoe and Wootton libraries).

Record Breakers starts on Saturday (July 11) and runs until Saturday, September 5.

Children can sign up at their local library at any time during the summer holidays to take part for free.

As part of this year’s Challenge, children, parents, carers, young volunteers, teachers, much-loved children’s authors and important figures in communities around the UK will be asked to make a pledge to help us set a new Guinness World Records™ title for the most pledges received for a reading campaign.

Children, parents, grandparents, carers and teachers are invited to attend Bedford Central Library on Saturday (July 11) to make their pledge between 10am and 3pm.

Children can pledge to visit the library and read over the summer.  Parents, carers

Nationally, more than 100,000 pledges are needed to set the record.

When children sign up their will be given a poster packed with lots of Guinness World Record facts and youngsters can collect stickers for the first six books that they read.

Those that read six books will receive a Record Breakers certificate, those that reach 12 book will be given a Record Breakers Zip Tag and the 18 books milestone comes with a gold Record Breakers medal.

There will be lots of free activities running in libraries over the summer holidays, so look out for some record breaking mini challenges and all kinds of craft activities.

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For young people aged between 11 – 18 years a similar challenge, called ‘imagiNation’ which involves reading and arts activities is also underway. 

The challenge involves reading at least two library books and being inspired to create art pieces, based on the books they have read. 

Young people can share their artwork at the library, which will be used to create one giant artwork piece.

Those who take part in the challenge will receive a free Read Me! Lanyard and Certificate.

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenges, visit Facebook page or go to
Information on imagiNation can be found at