Reading challenge for region’s kids

Summer reading challenge - Story Lab logo
Summer reading challenge - Story Lab logo

BORDERS schoolkids are set to take up the Summer Reading Challenge.

The free scheme, run by Scottish Borders Council, sees the kids faced with reading six or more books from the region’s libraries during the holidays.

The initiative, run nationally by charity The Reading Agency, aims to improve the literacy skills of kids aged four to 12 in Scotland.

A Reading Agency spokesperson said: “This year’s theme – Story Lab – takes children on an imaginative adventure based on the power of stories.

“Professor Cortex has asked the Story Lab kids Will, Rani, Evie and Lex to recover three lost items to boost the imagination of the Story Lab.

“Story Lab is divided into three stages and, as children read books over the summer, they will collect stickers to help the Story Lab kids to complete each stage. On completion, children will receive a medal and certificate.

Councillor Vicky Davidson, executive member for culture, sport and community learning, said: “SBC’s library staff are encouraging parents, carers and children to visit the Story Lab at their local library where Professor Cortex – or even our friendly library staff – can give them more information.

“Children can choose from a wide selection of books to read in their local library. With each book chosen they collect a sticker as well as great incentives such as key rings and bookmarks along the way.”

For more information, contact library headquarters on 01750 20842 or visit