Children are being encourage to enjoy a good book during the summer holidays in Eastbourne.
East Sussex County Council’s laying down the Summer Reading Challenge, which this year has the theme, The Big Friendly Read, marking the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth.
Run at the town’s library, the initiative sees children aged from four to 11 given a special collector’s folder which they can complete by earning six special cards – by borrowing and reading six books during the summer.
The cards explore some of the most popular themes in Dahl’s work, and feature artwork by his principal illustrator, and East Sussex resident, Sir Quentin Blake.
Meanwhile, events will be happening at libraries across the county to coincide with the Big Friendly Read, which runs until Saturday, September 10.
Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council lead member for community services, said, “Each year, the Summer Reading Challenge does a great job in getting children involved with their local library, fuelling their love of reading and encouraging them to keep up with their reading during the holidays.
“This year’s event should be even more special than usual, as it is centred around the tales of an author who has inspired generations of children and adults, and the artwork of an illustrator who has done so much to bring his stories to life.”
Events running in conjunction with the Big Friendly Read are free of charge and include circus workshops featuring a visit by Jimmy the Juggling Jester on Saturday (July 30) at Eastbourne Library from 11am to noon. No booking is required.