Animal Olympics in the library

DUNS and Coldstream libraries were among the five Borders libraries that played host to some unusual Olympic hopefuls as part of this year’s summer holiday reading challenge for children.

To tie in with the London Olympics children were invited along to their local library to discover the ‘Animalympics’, with animal athletes such as sprinters, weight lifters and gymnasts. These included a corn snake, a rat, giant snails, a giant millipede and cockroaches.

Tesco Bank funded the Animalympic sessions at Duns, Coldstream, Kelso, Hawick and Selkirk, which introduced the children to minibeasts and animal handling.

Councillor Vicky Davison, executive member for culture, sport and community learning, explained: “Each year the summer reading challenge enables children to build on their reading skills and develop a love of books and libraries during the school holidays.

“Children are encouraged to read six books throughout the holidays and are rewarded with incentives such as key rings and bookmarks, with medals and certificates on completion, along with special activities within libraries such as the Animalympics.”