Young people visiting The Cove – our Childrens’ Clinic – enjoyed a special Mischief Makers storytime earlier today.
In conjunction with the Norfolk Library & Information service, Sir James Paget Library Manager Peter Ransome and hospital play assistant Claire Watkins ran story-reading sessions to entertain children and their families in the clinic waiting room.
As well as entertaining young visitors, the aim was also to sign up new participants for the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency and public libraries.
Children can sign up free via their local library and then receive a map and collect special stickers by reading books from the library over the summer holiday period. Collect all the stickers, by reading at least six books, and young readers will discover where the treasure is hiding to complete the challenge.
Among the stories included today was Superhero Hotel by Abie Longstaff and Migy Blanco, read by Peter, who said; “We want to support Norfolk Libraries and encourage children to discover the benefits and joys of reading. The Challenge aims to encourage more children to read over the summer holiday period so today we had a number of stories for different age groups. We also gave out the challenge maps and some stickers to those who listened to a story, while hopefully also brightening up the wait for their appointment.”
You can find out more about the summer reading challenge here - https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
Our picture above shows Claire and visitor Ava Carter listen as Peter reads Superhero Hotel.