Branches host a Pawsome Big Summer Read

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This year’s Big Summer Read sees local libraries inviting children to take part in an animal-themed ‘Pawesome Challenge’.

Bring your child to the library and sign up for the challenge to read between two and 25 books of your choice, collecting an activity booklet and bookmarks along the way.

Bring your membership card to any library or mobile library and get a paw stamp for every book you read. Once you have reached your target you will receive a Pawesome award certificate.”

The challenge lasts until 31 August and it’s free.

Summer events at Banbridge include, on Friday July 15 is ‘A Day at the Farm’ - 11 to 11.45am - Rhythm and Rhyme, 0-4 year-olds and Stories and Craft 4-8 year-olds; 12noon-1pm - Stories and Craft 8-12 year-olds.

On Thursday, July 28, it’s a Celebration of 150 years of Beatrix Potter - 11-11.45am - Rhythm and Rhyme 0-4 year-olds and Stories and Craft 4-8 year-olds; 12noon-1pm - Stories and Craft 8-12 year-olds; 3-4pm - Teen Craft and book chat session for teenagers.

In Dromore Library on Saturday, July 23 there’s a Junior craft and story session for 4-8 year-olds, from 11:30am - 12:15pm and on Saturday, August 6, Crafts for 9-12 year-olds from 11:30am - 12:15pm.

Rathfriland Library will hold Storytime and Crafts, for 4-8 year-olds on Wednesday, July 20 at 11am and for 9-11 year-olds on Saturday, July 23, from 9-11am. Booking is required for all events.