Young bookworms invited to be record breakers with Oldham libraries’ summer reading challenge

YOUNG BOOKWORMS are invited to take part in this year’s ‘Record Breakers’ Summer Reading Challenge with Oldham Council’s libraries.

Carolyn Wilkins and Councillor Barbara Brownridge with young people taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge at Oldham Library

The event challenges four to 11-year-olds to read books at least six books during their summer holiday to earn rewards and improve their literary skills.

This year’s theme is “Record Breakers”, which sees young readers explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records.

There are stickers and prizes to collect along the way, and a medal and certificate at the end.

Research from the charity Bookstart shows that encouraging children to read for pleasure can improve their language and communication skills.

The challenge has been backed by avid readers Carolyn Wilkins, Oldham Council’s Chief Executive, and Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, who recently met young participants at Oldham Library.

Councillor Brownridge said: “This is a great and fun initiative to help young people with their reading – especially while school’s out for the summer.

“It’s been popular in Oldham over the years with more than 3,000 local children and young people taking part last year.

Young bookworms Ben and Nicole reading at Oldham Library

“Children who participate in the challenge really benefit and this is apparent when they return to school in the autumn term.

“It provides a good opportunity for families to explore the range of books available at our popular libraries.”

To celebrate this year’s challenge families are urged to join Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s award-winning Young Rep Company on a fast paced adventure through the Guinness World Records book.

The fun and interactive drama workshops take place from 2.30-3.30pm on:

  • Monday, August 10 at Failsworth Library
  • Tuesday, August 11 at Fitton Hill Library
  • Wednesday, August 12 at Oldham Library
  • Thursday, August 13 at Limehurst Library

To take part in the Summer Reading Challenge pop down to any of the borough’s libraries. For further information call 0161 770 8000 or visit

The website,, offers inspiration from many authors and is a year round resource.


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