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Tasty prize from Portsoy features in Summer Reading Challenge

By Kyle Ritchie

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Aberdeenshire’s Summer Reading Challenge has seen more than 1000 people sign up to it during its first month.

It has been organised by Live Life Aberdeenshire to encourage children, young people and families to read and get active during the summer holidays.

This year it has a focus on bringing families on "Staycation" together over a good read.

And the latest theme has a tasty prize from Portsoy Ice Cream.

More than 1000 people have signed up to the Aberdeenshire’s Summer Reading Challenge in its first month.
More than 1000 people have signed up to the Aberdeenshire’s Summer Reading Challenge in its first month.

There are many ways people can take part once readers have signed up: they can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from the digital library and can read, listen or share books with the family too.

Those taking part will also have access to a wide range of activities and challenges linked to themes released every fortnight on the Live Life @ Home web portal.

Once an activity is achieved, participants can award themselves a tick on their "Staycation" passport. When six or more have been completed they can submit their passport for entry into a prize draw.

On Monday, the Big Read Picnic theme of the Summer Reading Challenge will launch.

One lucky passport entry will scoop up two litres of award-winning homemade ice cream every month for a year, courtesy of Portsoy Ice Cream a local family firm.

Alex Murray owner of Portsoy Ice Cream said: “We’re very happy to be part of the Summer Reading Challenge, which is a very worthwhile project.”

David Cook, Live Life Aberdeenshire’s sport and culture sub-committee chairman, said: “While many of us won’t be able to escape to a sun kissed beach this summer, young people and families are escaping into a world of imagination through signing up to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge, so it is great to see so many people have already agreed to take part. Best of luck to all those who have decided to join in this year.”

Sub-committee vice-chairwoman councillor Anne Simpson said “I am pleased to see an Aberdeenshire business is supporting the Summer Reading Challenge by offering a fantastic prize. I am sure the winner will enjoy the award-winning ice cream.

"I would like to pass on my best wishes to everyone who has signed up to take part in this year’s challenge.”

To sign up for the challenge visit livelifeaberdeenshire.org.uk/live-life-at-home/summer-reading-challenge

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