Join the space chase! Children encouraged to sign up for Summer Reading Challenge 2019
|Author: Liam Beasley||Published: 11th July 2019 09:17|
Northamptonshire Libraries’ annual Summer Reading Challenge returns and is encouraging young readers to team up with futuristic family the Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens.
The Summer Reading Challenge launches this Saturday (July 13th 2019) and invites children aged four to 11 to read six books over the summer holidays.
This year’s theme is ‘Space Chase’ inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells.
By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.
Cllr Lizzy Bowen, deputy leader and county council cabinet member with responsibility for Libraries said: “This summer, children are invited to ditch screen time and swap smartphones and computers for reading books.
“Research shows reading in children can ‘dip’ over the summer months without access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure.
“It’s free to take part and I would encourage families of Northamptonshire to sign up and discover the books of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – all available to them at their local library.
“Children will get hooked on reading the books, as well as collecting stickers for each one they complete!
“The challenge runs until Saturday 7th September and any interested children can sign up at any library in Northamptonshire.”
The Summer Reading Challenge is produced annually by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.
Find out more about the challenge at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/src
There will also be a series of events and activity sessions taking place at libraries across the county as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. Visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/whatson for details.
How to take part in the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge 2019:
- Just pop along to your local library this summer and sign up
- If you don’t have a library card, you can become a member on the day
- You don’t need to bring any identification, but under 16s will need a parent or carer’s permission
- Once you have a library card you can start borrowing straight away!