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Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Each year, our libraries take part in the national Summer Reading Challenge. Reading for pleasure is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background. So, for the past 20 years, this challenge has encouraged children to borrow from their library and read 6 or more books over the summer.

This year the theme was space. Our libraries, supported by 71 young volunteers, ran over 400 craft sessions, LEGO and tech activities as well as author visits, magic shows and science workshops which helped to keep around 11,000 children busy and entertained during the holidays.

Space chase reader

Space chase reader

Participation in the challenge was the best since 2014, with 4591 children joining in – up 20% on last year. To encourage children to join the challenge, library staff visited over 70 schools, as well as promoting it in libraries and through social media. As a result of all this hard work we saw a massive 51,500 books loaned to children over the summer and nearly 1,000 new library members.

Well done to everyone who took part in the challenge, and to all the library staff and volunteers who supported the challenge and helped so many children discover the pleasure in reading and the fun to be found at their local library.