TWENTY-FIVE children enjoyed a special event at Stirling Central Library as part of the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland on Saturday, September 1. 

Run by national charity The Reading Agency in partnership with Scotland’s libraries and Tesco Bank, the challenge encourages children to read six books during the summer holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.

With a grant available to libraries taking part, the team at Stirling Libraries put the funding towards an illustrator event with Eilidh Muldoon which was designed to inspire children and show them just how much fun reading can be.

This year’s theme is Mischief Makers; celebrating the 80th anniversary of the much-loved comic, Beano.

Chris Sibbald, Head of Communications at Tesco Bank said: “We are delighted that over 40,000 children from across the country will get involved in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland through their local library.

The challenge aims to inspire children to pick up and enjoy reading books – something that will undoubtedly have a positive effect on their future.”

Councilor Chris Kane, convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, said: "We have had a bumper year of children visiting Stirling Libraries over their summer holidays and we wanted to offer this final treat as a reward for completing the challenge of reading six books.

"Eilidh Muldoon, as a cartoon illustrator, fits in well with this year’s theme of Mischief Makers and the Beano and it was a fun event with the children working on making their own books."

For further information on the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland visit the website here.