Princes and Princesses at Chepstow Library

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As part of the Summer Reading Challenge, Mythical Maze, Chepstow Library welcomed Princes and Princesses to their storytime and craft session.

The children enjoyed The Charmless Prince by Jeanne Willis, Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole and Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten by Alison Murray.

Following the stories they made some wonderful crowns and tiaras to wear home!

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Dragon Tales at Monmouth Library

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As part of the Summer Reading Challenge for Monmouth library, children aged five to eight listened to several stories with the mythical maze theme about dragons. Then they each made and coloured a dragon mask and there were many wonderful bright and colourful masks as the photo shows.

Summer Reading Challenge Launch in Monmouth Library


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Monmouth Library will be launching the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge on Saturday 12 July.  Sam Hay, local children’s author will be visiting the library at 11.00am and will be holding an entertaining session for children.   Sam has written several books including the Undead Pet series which is a favourite with the junior customers at  the library.  The theme of the Challenge this year is The Mythical Maze.  Monmouth Library will be holding a series of Story and Craft Sessions throughout the summer holidays and for further information, please contact Monmouth Library 01600 775215.

Best ever results for the Summer Reading Challenge in Caldicot Library

Summer Reading Challenge in Caldicot LibraryDuring the summer holidays, Caldicot Library was buzzing with children taking part in the national Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme, Creepy House, really captured the imagination of the children visiting the library and we recorded our best ever results!

400 children started the challenge (that’s a 75% increase on last year) and 223 children completed it (that’s a 68% increase on last year).

The 223 children who completed the challenge read a minimum of 6 books each during the school holidays – so that’s a minimum of 1,338 books!

A recent study from the Institute of Education (IOE) found that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, so let’s hope all the children who visited the library continue to enjoy the wonderful range of books that are available.

Story Lab – Summer Reading Challenge 2012

The Summer Reading Challenge 2012 – Story Lab, was launched in Libraries on Saturday.

 ‘Demon Strike’ author, Andy Newbound, was in Chepstow Library.


Shoo Rayner, the children’s author and illustrator launched Story Lab in Monmouth Library.  Shoo read stories and showed how he draws his illustrations.  Children and parents were then given a step by step lesson on how to draw the animals used in his stories.








There were also stories, music and fun from storyteller Risenga Makondo at Caldicot and Gilwern Libraries.

Summer 2012 Reading Challenge

Monmouthshire Libraries are looking forward to collaborating with The Reading Agency to deliver the Summer 2012 Reading Challenge.

The Director of the Cultural Olympiad, Ruth MacKenzie, said: “We want to sprinkle some Olympic magic dust in every library as part of the 2012 Summer Reading Challenge.” For more details on the programme and to sign up for information visit

The theme for the 2012 Summer Reading Challenge is Story Lab and plans are well underway for making the 2012 Challenge the biggest and best ever. Throughout the regions libraries will be linking the Challenge in with events in arts venues and museums, as part of the London 2012 Festival. Find out more on the new Summer Reading Challenge facebook page.