Story walks to get children reading launch in Cannock

Families are being invited to join a series of story walks being held in parks and green spaces.

Councillor Christine Mitchell with Jorgie Devey, Milly Thompson and Alice Thompson
Councillor Christine Mitchell with Jorgie Devey, Milly Thompson and Alice Thompson

The story trails will take place over the summer holidays to celebrate the annual summer reading challenge which takes place in Staffordshire’s libraries each year.

The walks will take place in Cannock Park, Cannock Stadium Park, Heath Hayes Park, Brereton’s Ravenhill Park, Rugeley’s Elmore Park, Green Lane Park, Hednesford Park, ‘The Skelly’ green space and parks across Norton Canes.

The walks have been organised by Staffordshire County Council’s libraries service, in partnership with the Friends of Hednesford Park, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, Cannock Chase District Council and local community organisations.

Victoria Wilson, cabinet member for communities and culture at Staffordshire County Council said: “This year’s summer reading challenges theme is Silly Squad, but we’re happy for children to read any books they like. As part of the activities, we want all the family to join in, while taking advantage of our wonderful outdoors at the same time.

Councillor Christine Mitchell, Lynn Evans – Park Co-ordinator from Cannock Chase District Council, with Jorgie Devey, Milly Thompson and Alice Thompson

“Included in the trails will be ideas for silly activities, stories, competitions and signposting to online family events, so there’s plenty of fun for all the family.

“The summer reading challenge is all about encouraging children to continue reading over the summer holidays and it’s always a popular scheme, so make sure the children are signed up.”

Councillor Christine Mitchell, portfolio leader for culture and sport at Cannock Chase Council said: “I am delighted that we are able to put some activities for children on in our parks over the summer holidays. Our young children have had a hard time during the coronavirus pandemic, and this brings a little bit of normality back into their lives, but in a safe way. Story trails will take place in seven of our parks across the district, and I hope families will all get out in the fresh air and enjoy them.”

Story trails launched across Cannock Chase Parks on July 27 and people can find out more at growupgreat.co.uk or via the Staffordshire Libraries Facebook page.

Children can sign up for the summer reading challenge at https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ and take part in family fun activities on the libraries Facebook page at www.facebook.com/staffordshirelibraries

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