County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills has kicked off Staffordshire’s contribution to setting a new World Record.
The national world record attempt launches “Record Breakers” this year’s annual Summer Reading Challenge in local libraries.
Ben is inviting residents of all ages to make a pledge related to reading and help set a new world record.
Children can pledge to visit the library and read over the summer, young volunteers to support and encourage children to complete the challenge, and adults to encourage people they know to read with children during the summer.
Pledging has to be done in the presence of a ‘Lead Witness’ in accordance with strict record-breaking rules, as laid down by Guinness World Records. Therefore special pledging sessions have been arranged over the weekend, from Friday 10 – Monday 13 July.
Ben Adams, Cabinet Member responsible for Libraries, said, “It’s really exciting for this fantastic reading scheme to be part of a possible new world record this summer, and I know our dedicated library staff and small army of young volunteers will be doing all they can to help Staffordshire play its part, not only during this weekend’s record attempt but over the long school break.
“It’s really important that we encourage our children to keep up with their reading over the long summer holidays.
“The Summer Reading Challenge can help us do this by making reading fun for kids, offering a journey of delights, which this year explores some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records as featured in the Guinness World Record books.”
The Reading Agency, who co-ordinate the Summer Reading Challenge with public libraries across the UK, are hoping to be able to announce the result of the new Guinness World Record attempt before the start of the school holidays.
For more information on this year’s Summer Reading Challenge or how and when to make your pledge, please contact your local library or visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries or www.readingagency.org.uk.
Make the pledge at Tamworth library on Saturday 11th July between 10am and 3pm and click here for details of the other Staffordshire libraries you can visit to make your pledge.