Fun in libraries this summer.

Doncaster Council’s Libraries Service is offering children across the borough a summertime circus spectacle that will keep them reading throughout the holidays.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the biggest national reading initiative. It runs in libraries throughout the summer holidays, with incentives, activities and events designed to create a real buzz around children’s reading.

This year’s theme is ‘Circus Stars’ and features a programme of circus skills alongside reading and poetry. Activities on offer at libraries include plate spinning and juggling, and some of the special events have even seen balancing, tight-rope walking, unicycle riding and pulling a rabbit out of a hat!

The activities tie in with the Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children in Doncaster to read a total of 6 books throughout the holiday period, picking up rewards along the way, including several stickers, a fortune teller, a wristband and finally a gold medal and a certificate.

An interactive Circus Stars website (www.circus-stars.org.uk) links children with top authors and illustrators, and gives children an online space to talk about their favourite books and to share reading ideas.

Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We have already had a fantastic reaction to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

“As well as reading some exceIlent books, I understand that the children have had hours of fun attempting to spin several plates at once.

“All of these activities are completely free which is good news for parents.”

The free events run until the end of the summer – visit your local library to find out more details.