Spooks, beasties and happenings

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Spooky tales, ghostly goings-on and creepy creatures will be materialising at East Sussex libraries this summer.

The spectral shenanigans are part of a bid to encourage children to enjoy reading for pleasure and keep honing their literacy skills during the summer.

East Sussex County Council is promoting the national Summer Reading Challenge, which sets youngsters aged four to 11 the task of reading six books during the six-week holidays, rewarding them with stickers, wristbands and certificates.

To link in with the challenge, which this year has a ‘Creepy House’ theme, libraries will host a series of spooky sessions aimed at fuelling the imagination of youngsters. Events include a range of sessions at which children can hear ghost tales and take part in creepy craft activities.

Meanwhile, in some libraries youngsters can get up close and personal with a variety of curious critters at Creepy House-themed sessions from animal-handling workshops provider Zoolab.

Crowborough Library is hosting Bag Books - enabling children with special needs to share stories - on Saturday, August 24.

Creepy crafts will be on offer at Mayfield Library on August 15 . Or they can go to Zoolab Creepy House for a spine-tingling introduction to animals, investigate clues and follow a trail exploring the dusty secret passage and the cellar at Crowborough Library (Wednesday, August 14,) Wadhurst Library on the same day and Heathfield Library on Monday, August 19.

Cllr Chris Dowling said: “Ghosts and strange creatures never fail to capture the imagination of youngsters.”