Amazing Read looms

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The number of heads busily buried in books is about to multiply with the opening of registrations for this year’s Clutha Libraries Amazing Read challenge, which will push children, teenagers and adults to the limits of their reading powers.

Clutha District Council children and teens librarian Vicki Woodrow said the challenge was often more difficult than many expected.

“Remember, you’ll be doing other things which will take up your time other than just reading.”

There would be a children’s challenge and a combined young adults and adults’ challenge.

Although registrations opened last week, children would have to wait to begin their reading challenges until the school term finished, to encourage reading during the holidays.

They would set a reading goal for themselves, a voucher prize acting as an incentive halfway through the challenge and a book of their choice the prize if they completed their goal by the closing date of February 8.

“But there isn’t a prize for most books read, because it’s more about personal achievement. For some kids it will be a real achievement to read two books, while others will take to it extremely well.”

Those 14 and older would be pushed not only to achieve their best, but to reach a collective threshold of more than a quarter of a million pages read in less than eight weeks.

“The first time we did the challenge, we set that target and we blew it out. We want to do even better this time.”