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Fantasy fiction is focus of Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Summer Reading event

By Kyle Ritchie

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Live Life Aberdeenshire’s ever-popular Summer Reading has launched with the theme of Fantasy Fiction.

The annual event has had successful participation in this reading activity during the summer months for many years and anticipates a continued increase in participation.

It is organised and led by Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Library team.

Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Summer Reading has launched.
Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Summer Reading has launched.

In preparation for Summer Reading, staff have been visiting local schools and communities to promote this annual event.

This year’s summer reading theme is Fantasy Fiction to coincide with the bicentenary celebration of George MacDonald in 2024.

MacDonald, born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, is often called the ‘Founding Father’ of fantasy fiction and influenced well-known authors such as CS Lewis and Tolkien.

The council is also asking members of the public to take part in a Creative competition to create a short fantasy fiction story of around 500 – 700 words. There is also the opportunity to submit an illustration of a fantasy character.

Councillor Anne Stirling, chairwoman of the council’s communities committee, said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Live Life Aberdeenshire Library Service for their dedication and hard work in organising this event.

“Their visits to local schools and communities have been valuable in promoting summer reading and ensuring its continued success”.

Councillor Sarah Brown, vice-chairwoman of the council’s communities committee, said: "The creative competition is a wonderful opportunity for our residents to showcase their imagination and storytelling skills.

“Writing a short fantasy fiction story or creating an illustration allows children to express their creativity and contribute to the culture in our community."

Jane Brebner, support librarian, said: “There are several ways to get involved in Summer Reading from browsing the shelves at your local library, or checking out the Digital Library where eBooks and eAudiobooks can be downloaded, read, listened to, or shared with your family.”

Go to https://www.livelifeaberdeenshire.org.uk/libraries/ website for all the information needed, including how to register and download a collector’s card.

There is also the opportunity to pop into local libraries and register in person with local library staff.

Once people have completed a collector’s card, they can return it by dropping it off at their local library or sending it by email to be then entered into the prize draw.

Prizes this year include a year’s supply of Mackie’s ice cream and signed Books by Authors including Ben Aaronovitch, Anthony Horowitz, Catherine Rayner, Tom Palmer, Lari Don, Alesha Dixon, Geri Halliwell-Horner, Lindsay Littleson, and fantasy fiction book bundles.

Local businesses have donated other prizes such as cinema tickets to ARC Cinema, Peterhead, sauna sessions donated by Stonehaven Paddleboarding, free soft play sessions donated by MACBI, and many more that will be detailed on the Summer Reading web page and social media.

Summer Reading runs until Saturday, August 24.

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