Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year and is a national scheme produced by The Reading Agency delivered by libraries. The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 theme is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children taking part in the Challenge will join a super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!

Space Chase will celebrate adventure, exploration, reading and fun!

The challenge is for all children aged 4 to 12 years with the aim being to borrow and read six books between Saturday 29 June and Saturday 21 September 2019.

How to sign up and why

Children can sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge at launch pad events taking place at every library in Worcestershire from Saturday 29 June

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term, and The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting three quarters of a million children into libraries over the summer. There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education.

Worcestershire's libraries are organising lots of activities in connection with the challenge (ask in your local library for details), and as part of the challenge there are special collector cards for every book children read and other incentives along the way. A website and an App add to the fun too! And what's more it's all free so there are plenty of great reasons to sign up as soon as possible.

We are able to offer a diverse range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) events this year due to generous funding from award winning local business Worcester Bosch. The funding has been used to supply STEM Kits for libraries across Worcestershire to use with children during the Space Chase themed Summer Reading Challenge, and beyond .   

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteers aged 12 to 24 years are needed for the Summer Reading Challenges to help at events and in libraries across the county.

As well as having huge amounts of fun, Summer Reading Challenge volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends and make a positive contribution to their community – all extremely valuable when later searching for work or applying for college or university places.  Anyone volunteering will need to commit to providing a minimum of 5 hours of their time over the summer and can work at a variety of times throughout the week.

There are a number of different roles volunteers can get involved in which include:

Contact Natalie McVey on 07876 144905 for more information. 

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer Application Form

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