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Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Space chase


Reach for the stars at the library this summer

Our libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer, as part of Space Chase (the Summer Reading Challenge for 2019). The challenge starts in libraries on Saturday 20 July and runs until Saturday 7 September.

How to take part

Just visit your nearest library and sign up for free.

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You'll be given a collector folder and stamp card, to keep a record of your space adventures! When you finish the challenge, you'll get a Space Chase certificate and medal.

Keep reading to win another prize!

The child who reads the most books over the summer will win a family ticket to Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, so you can watch your favourite film or a show!

Why is it important to encourage children to keep reading during the summer?

During the long summer holidays, children’s reading attainment can dip if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. However with the support of families, friends and libraries young people remain excited and inspired to keep reading which will help their reading confidence when they return to school in September.

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, the theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase.

Children will team up with futuristic family the Rockets for an exciting space mission, as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books, they will receive special stickers for their collectable mission folders. This will allow them to help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

The Rocket family

How does the challenge work?

Children need to read a minimum of six library books and visit the library at least 3 times. They can claim a max of two ‘challenge book stamps’ per visit to the library, however all the books they read will count toward their total number of books read.

To encourage children to complete the challenge, they will receive some fun rewards along the way, such as some colour-in space glasses and a Space Chase wristband. When they complete the challenge, they will be awarded a Space Chase certificate and medal.

What else is happening in your library this summer?

Visit our virtual library or follow us on Facebook to find out what exciting events and activities your local library has planned for the summer holidays.