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A-maze-ing challenge aims to get children reading over the summer holidays


A mythical maze is set to weave its way across libraries in Aberdeen from Friday 04 July.

The Mythical Maze Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland, which is organised by the Reading Agency in partnership with Tesco Bank in Scotland and Aberdeen City Libraries, aims to encourage children aged 4-12 years old to continue reading during their summer holidays.

Children can register for the challenge at their local Aberdeen library from Friday [04 July], where they will receive a poster and promotional sticker to get them started. Then, all they have to do is visit the library three times over the summer with two library books they have read and they will receive a reward and a set of stickers.

Children will also be able to take part in a weekly hunt at their local library for two of the mythical characters featured in the Mythical Maze and be entered in a weekly prize draw.

Taking part is the challenge is free and there will also be special challenge events in all Aberdeen City libraries throughout the holidays.

Leader of Aberdeen City Council Councillor Jenny Laing said: "The challenge is a great way of encouraging children and families to use their local library over the holidays. The challenge is free which ensures that every child in Aberdeen can benefit from reading which is both fun and educational."

Aberdeen children's librarian Jacqueline Adam said: "This year's theme of the Mythical Maze, gives us a fabulous opportunity to explore the cultural heritage of countries around the world through myths, legends and folktales.

"Aberdeen City Libraries is delighted to support the challenge again this year, and we hope lots of children will take part in this fun and exciting experience."

The challenge runs until Saturday 23 August.