Circus challenge

Diane Hall, local author, doing a reading from her new book at Airedale library
Diane Hall, local author, doing a reading from her new book at Airedale library
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EAGER bookworms were wriggling with glee after a children’s author paid a visit to Airedale Library.

Ackworth writer, Diane Hall, thrilled a captive audience last week with a reading from her circus themed novel, Son of the Ringmaster.

The 37-year-old mum then helped youngsters make clown masks to tie in with the circus theme taking over libraries nationwide as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Mrs Hall said: “It felt really special, having an author do a reading isn’t something they normally do at the library, so I think they really enjoyed having a guest.

“The theme is circus skills so my book was perfect. It was really pleasing to get out there and read it in front of the children.

“Seeing their faces and seeing them so interested was really flattering.”

The national campaign aims to encourage children to read over the summer holidays and is supported by Wakefield Council.

It challenges children to read six books over the holidays and collect small prizes and stickers along the way.

Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries for participating venues.