SEFTON Libraries launch the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge on Tuesday July 5 with John Kirk’s retelling of The Twits at The Atkinson. Roald Dahl is this year’s theme and storyteller John Kirk has been invited to bring to life one of Dahl’s classic tales in Southport Library in The Atkinson. The Summer Reading Challenge has become a firm favourite in Sefton Libraries calendar engaging with thousands of children across the borough each year. Children aged 4 to 11 are asked to read six books during the summer holidays. They can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, even listen to audio books – just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Every time children finish a book they will receive incentives including a book bag, wrist band, and rainbow glasses. There’s also a certificate for everyone who finishes the challenge. Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is always very popular and I am delighted that John Kirk will be launching this year’s event with a retelling of The Twits. “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to encourage children to develop their reading skills and a very enjoyable way to keep them entertained during the school break. I look forward to seeing plenty of local children taking part in this fun, free event! “Sefton Libraries and The Atkinson have a number of events planned throughout the summer and with such a classic theme in Roald Dahl, I am sure there will be something that keeps even the parents entertained.” Libraries across Sefton will have a number of activities and events taking place that are linked to the Summer Reading Challenge. The re-telling of The Twits takes place on Tuesday 5 July at 4pm, with schools performances through the day. John Kirk is a storyteller. His previous work includes Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, Terry Deary’s The War Game and Tom Palmer’s The Last Try. He enjoys bringing stories to life with dynamic and imaginative ideas. Warning: this story contains twits being vile to each other. This 40-minute presentation is suitable for children and families age 6+. If you don’t get to see The Twits then don’t worry as The Atkinson is screening 3 Roald Dahl film adaptations this Summer, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (PG) Thursday 28 July, Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) Thursday 11 August and Matilda (PG) Thursday 25 August. All tickets are £3 plus booking fee. No booking fees for counter sales. Tickets for all events at The Atkinson can be booked through the Box Office 01704 533333, online at theatkinson.co.uk or over the counter.