There’s still time for young bookworms to take part in the Lancashire Reading Journey

Posted on - 10th September, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Kid's stuff, Preston News
The SCART club encourages youngsters to explore science and technology through reading

The summer holidays may already feel like a distant memory, but there’s still time for children aged from four to 14 to take part in the Lancashire Reading Journey, known as the SCART Club, and take on a number of fun tasks along the way.


SCART Club stands for Science, Culture, Active, Reading and Technology. It is free to take part in and aims to keep children reading and entertained.

This initiative, now in its fifth year, runs until Saturday 28 September and is organised by Lancashire County Council.

Children just need to visit a library to join in and complete two tasks from each of the five SCART themes. One task for every theme is reading a book of their choice.

On joining the SCART Club children will receive a task book, and will need to complete all five tasks to receive their rewards of stickers and prizes.

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County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “We’ve been receiving great feedback from the SCART Club this year, and over 6200 children have taken part in it so far.

“There’s still a few weeks to go before the deadline, and it really is a great way to encourage children to keep reading and learning.

“As well as being fun, it is also a good way to boost children’s literacy, which not only helps with their education but also improves their life chances in the future.”

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Those taking part in the SCART Club can make use of one free family entry to a Lancashire museum.

It’s free to join the library and under-16s can join by themselves.

Young people aged 12 to 24 also have the opportunity to volunteer as a ‘Reading Hack’ at their local library, as part of the Reading Journey.

This role is to support children on the Reading Journey, and help with organising and running events. To volunteer, please visit the Reading Hack web page.

Has your child taken part in the Reading Journey? Leave your comments below.

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