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Competition Time!

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Summer Reading Challenge 2017

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The ANIMAL AGENTS are investigating this Summer – and you can join for FREE at Lakenheath Library to read the books and catch the crooks! Sign up from July 22nd and read six books over the six week holidays to collect prizes and solve the mystery!

The Summer Reading Challenge is run in association with the Reading Agency. The official website can be viewed HERE.

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Wonka’s Wonderful Literary Factory


A gigantic congratulations to all the Oompa Loompa’s – I mean, FINISHERS – of the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge who came out to Lakenheath Library in the sweltering heat last night to receive their medals and certificates from Willy’s brother “Library Wonka” (AKA. our Library Manager Chris) at a very special Medal and Certificate ceremony held on Roald Dahl Day.


Chris was aided in the handing out of prizes by local Councillor Louise Marston, and six lucky winners were also awarded bonus Big Friendly Read prizes – tote bags and snazzy 3D glasses – for producing winning creative flag reviews, too. All of the submitted flags will be on display in the Library for the foreseeable future, as will the Roald Dahl trivia banners and quote flags, designed by F.O.LK.’s chairperson Mary to celebrate the special occasion.


If any finishers were unable to make the event, you can still collect your medal and certificate by popping along to Lakenheath Library in the coming days and weeks. Sadly we cannot guarantee Library Wonka will still be attendance!


Big Friendly Read

As the summer holidays continue apace, there is still time for any bored or restless children to get involved in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, the BIG FRIENDLY READ! Themed around the ever-popular Roald Dahl (who would this year have been celebrating his centenary), the BFR inspires children to keep reading, offering them stickers, cards, creative activities and incentives to reach the goal of SIX books through their six week holiday. If they are successful in their challenge, they receive an invitation to the Medal & Certificate ceremony, to be held in the library in September (date TBC).


Take a peek at Lakenheath Library’s scrumdidilyumptious window display (designed by F.O.LK.’s Mary and Jean), complete with Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and pop along to the library to get signed up and start YOUR personal Summer Reading Challenge TODAY!


Street Party Success

Library Queen Display

This past weekend, Lakenheath Library and F.O.LK. joined in with the nationwide celebrations for the Queen’s 90th Birthday by decorating our front windows and hosting a Suffolk Libraries-branded stall as part of the Lakenheath Street Party!

As well as mixing with the local community in celebrating our Monarch, the pithy purple gazebo also helped to advertise the library to any newer residents, promote the upcoming Summer Reading Challenge by handing out B.F.R. (Big Friendly Read) postcard invitations and raise some money for the F.O.LK. charity fund.


I am delighted to report that F.O.LK.’s tombola made £107 and the sale of donated books and sweets (beautifully packaged by our creative chairperson, Mary) made a further £20.50, giving a total of £127.50 for the event. In addition to the monetary profit, it was also great to see such an increase of footfall into the library on the day, too. Since Sunday, we have signed up an additional SIX members who had previously never set foot inside, and recruited a new member to our monthly Top Time Book Club!

Thank you to those passionate members of F.O.LK. who worked so hard to make our stall a success, and to everyone who visited, chatted and enjoyed what we did – we look forward to seeing more of you in the library in the coming weeks and months.

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