Roll up, roll up and read this summer

This year’s fREADom Quest, encouraging children to read throughout the summer holidays, has launched at Hull Central Library.

Children in Hull are being encouraged to take part in a reading challenge this summer, with a little bit of help from the circus.

Spectacular acrobats and jugglers will be promoting this year’s Hull fREADom Quest, 250 years after Philip Astley – considered the creator of the modern circus – first drew a circle in the ground and filled it with astonishing physical acts.

Children who manage to read six books during the summer will then be invited to a special circus-themed event at the end of September.

This is the second year of fREADom Quest following its launch last year.

In the run up to the summer holidays, a troop of modern circus practitioners will be going into local schools to perform and promote the Hull fREADom Quest and local libraries.

The school with the most readers will also receive £500 worth of books for their school’s library.

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Limited, said: “Reading is so important to a child’s education and well-being, so it’s fantastic to see fREADom Quest return this year.

“As well as the educational benefits, reading can spark a child’s imagination, opening up new worlds and experiences.”
Over the summer, children can visit libraries in Hull and borrow any six books, completing activities based around each book.

On Sunday 23 September those who have completed the fREADom Quest will be invited to a special circus-themed celebration event at Hull City Hall, including a talk from children’s author A.F. Harrold who wrote Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From The Circus (And Joined The Library). The children will also receive a certificate and badge.

The Hull fREADom Quest was founded in 2017 as a response to wanting a bespoke summer reading challenge that allowed Hull Libraries to respond to the needs of young people in Hull. It is funded by the James Reckitt Library Trust.

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