Libraries across the Black Country are celebrating after securing £10,000 to stage a series of children's activities during the summer holiday.

The Black Country Libraries in Partnership Children's Team - comprising libraries from Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton - won a grant from the libraries fund held by the Arts Council England and the National Lottery.

Annie Owen, Service Delivery Manager for Wolverhampton Libraries, said: "The grant will be used to fund author visits, storytellers and poetry sessions across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton's libraries as part of the activities planned during the Summer Reading Challenge.

"The Challenge is promoted nationally by the Reading Agency and seeks to get more young people reading for pleasure. They are encouraged to collect rewards, stickers and finally a medal to celebrate their success in reading themed books over the summer - this year's theme is Creepy House."

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "Wolverhampton's libraries have been involved in the Summer Reading Challenge for more than 10 years and it is always very popular with families.

"A variety of exciting activities are planned across Wolverhampton including visits from numerous performers and authors - including prize winning children's author Jeremy Strong."

Children can join the Summer Reading Challenge now, for free, at any of Wolverhampton's libraries. To find out more, please visit any library.

  • released: Tuesday 30 July, 2013