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DRAGONS, witches and fairies all made an appearance at a library’s mystical fun day.

The day of arts, crafts and reading took place at Fareham Library as part of the nationwide Mythical Maze summer reading challenge.

Neyella Alvares, four, with her mother Felecidade Alvares, from Fareham

Neyella Alvares, four, with her mother Felecidade Alvares, from Fareham

Children are tasked with reading six books during the summer holidays to ensure their reading skills are worked on during the break from lessons.

If they complete the challenge, they get a certificate to take into school.

Many children were taking part in the activities at the library.

Neyella Alvares, four, was enjoying making a princess hat with her mum Felecidade, from Fareham.

Mrs Alvares said: ‘It’s a great idea as it keeps them busy.’

Also at the event was 12-year-old Sean Fagan, from Fareham, who was helping his two-year-old sister Ruby Luckins, who was busy using glue to create a glittery scene.

Sean, who has completed the reading challenge before, said: ‘I’ve only just started it but I have always done it. It’s good fun and it encourages kids to read books.’

Library manager Daniel Oliver said: ‘It has brought a lot of people in to the library and it’s something to do while the weather is not so great. It gets the children motivated and gets them interested in books.’

There is still time to take part in the reading challenge. Go to for more.