Challenge to keep reading at Christmas

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CHILDREN are being encouraged to pick up a book and take part in a new reading challenge during the Christmas holidays.

Portsmouth City Council’s library service is supporting the Reading Agency’s Christmas mini-reading challenge from this Friday until Tuesday, January 6.

Children keep a record of their progress online and reading three books will earn them a virtual badge and a secret video award.

And Beddow Library, Milton Road, will also present a certificate to any children visiting who have completed the challenge.

The scheme is an extension of the national summer reading challenge.

Children should visit to register or update their profile.