Be a summer mischief-maker

Date Released - 04/07/2018

IF you’re aged four to 11 and sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at your local Tameside library, you’re guaranteed to have a Beano.

Mischief Makers is inspired by the popular comic featuring characters such as Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx and the Bash Street Kids, which is celebrating its 80th birthday.

Youngsters explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers. The challenge is fun, friendly, absolutely free and in all Tameside libraries over the summer holidays.

Organised by the Reading Agency and the public libraries network, the Summer Reading Challenge is simple and fun. Children are encouraged to read six library books over the school holiday with a door hanger to encourage them, smelly stickers to collect along the way, and a wristband, certificate and medal for those who complete the process. There’s a website and app to add to the fun, too.

This year, every youngster who manages all six books by September 22 will be entered into a prize draw sponsored by Active Tameside for the chance to win an Active Tameside Annual Attractions Pass which means they’ll be able to visit Total Adrenaline, Sky High Adventure, Hyde Leisure Pool and the iPlay Zones as many times as they like in a year.

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for libraries, said: “The challenge is fun, friendly and absolutely free.

“It’s always very popular with youngsters and last year nearly 3,000 took part. This time we want to get even more children involved. It’s an exciting way for them to keep reading over the summer break.”

For more information, pop into your local Tameside library or visit


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