17,000 young people join Beano celebration to 'make mischief' in Kent libraries

Contributed by editor on Oct 13, 2018 - 02:45 PM

Dennis the Menace on Herne Bay beach  Photo: KCC


Children aged 4-11 were invited to 'make mischief' as they celebrated the 80th anniversary of the much-loved comic, Beano.

More than 17,000 Kent youngsters took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge across the county’s 99 libraries and more than 9,500 completed the challenge by reading six books.

To take part in the challenge, children signed up at their nearest library, then followed clues to explore their colourful collector’s map of Beanotown, meeting Dennis, Gnasher and friends along the way.

As children read library books they received special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their map, young readers helped Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

When they completed the challenge by reading six books they received a medal and a certificate.

A total of 17,326 children took the challenge, with 9,686 completing it.
The district figures were: Ashford 1,345; Canterbury 1,465; Dartford 1,082; Dover 947; Folkestone and Hythe 1,076; Gravesham 1,330; Maidstone 1,878; Sevenoaks 2,564; Swale 1,156; Thanet 947; Tonbridge 1,828; Tunbridge Wells 1,408.

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