The County Libraries Summer Reading Challenge was launched in Dundalk Branch Library on Tuesday last

Present at the launch was the chairman of the Louth County Council, Finnan McCoy, County Librarian Bernadette Fennell and 2nd class from Realt na Mara School

Present at the launch was the chairman of the Louth County Council, Finnan McCoy, County Librarian Bernadette Fennell and 2nd class from Realt na Mara School

‘Going for Gold’ will run during July and August and is open to children aged 6-13 years.

To register the participant must fill out a Going for Gold card, they will then receive a membership card and a goody bag containing all they need to get started.

The participant can then pick the book of their choice from either the Bronze, Silver or Gold shelves.

Every time the participant returns a stickered reading challenge book they will get a stamp on their membership card.

When they read four or more books completed their names will be entered into the prize draw and they will receive their gold medal at the closing ceremony on Saturday 25th of August where the draw will take place for the prizes.

If a suitable book can not be found on the Olympic shelves then participants can choose one from the Juvenile Library and it will be included it in the Reading Challenge. County Librarian, Bernadette Fennell, who was also present at the launch said: “We hope that by participating in the challenge, each child will develop a sense of enjoyment from reading and build their creativity and confidence”

Other libraries participating in the event are Drogheda Library, Ardee

Library, Dunleer Library and Carlingford Library.