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Children invited to join Mischief Makers at Awen Libraries

Awen Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers! As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Awen Libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including Mischief Makers story and craft, fun-day in the park, and much more.

Mischief Makers launches across Awen Libraries in Bridgend County Borough on 14/07/18. To mark the occasion, there will be a FREE Fun Park day, in partnership with Active Bridgend and Halo Leisure. Taking place in Newbridge Fields, join Awen for lots of Mischief Making fun and games aimed at children aged 4-11 and their grown-ups. There will be hula hooping, bubble football, arts, crafts, a bouncy castle and lots more!

Contact your local library or go to to find out how to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said: “At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. Mischief Makers offers intergenerational appeal and we hope this family friendly, accessible theme will inspire more children than ever to read over the holidays and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond.”

Awen Libraries are managed by Awen Cultural Trust on behalf of Bridgend County Borough Council. Awen is a charitable organisation with objectives to enhance cultural opportunities in Bridgend and the wider region. To find out more about the trust, visit

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