INVERCLYDE Libraries kicked off a summer of science-themed activities with a storytelling session at a local library.

Their summer reading challenge got under way with a session from local group Wee Storybox at Port Glasgow Library.

This year's challenge, which runs until August 27, themed around science and innovation, is open to youngsters aged 12 and under.

Children taking part are encouraged to read as many books as possible, with up to six recommended.

They earn rewards as they progress and will be awarded with a medal and certificate when they complete the challenge.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, education convener, said: “There is always great participation in the Summer Reading Challenge and I expect young people and their families to support it in huge numbers once again this year.

“Not only does it promote reading and get more families into our libraries and enjoying the wonderful facilities we have but it also keeps our children and young people entertained and engages them during the summer holidays.

“Our libraries services, working closely with partner organisations, has developed a first-class programme of events over the coming weeks and months and they, like our libraries themselves, are all free of charge, which is particularly important in the current climate with the cost of living crisis.”

The challenge is delivered by Inverclyde Libraries in partnership with The Reading Agency and includes events supported by the Scottish Library and Information Council.

It is free to take part and participants can sign up at their local library.

Every child that signs up will receive a welcome pack including a map, stickers and bookmark plus a discounted ticket offer from the Waterfront Cinema.

Each young person who completes the challenge will be entered into a prize draw to win a Lego pack.

While events are free to attend places should be booked in advance via the Inverclyde Libraries Eventbrite page.

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