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Aim for the stars as the Summer Reading Challenge returns

Summer Reading Challenge photo by Dave Warren Published Thursday, 27th June 2019

The Summer Reading Challenge is ready to launch for this year, and rocket back into action, with this year’s theme being Space Chase. 

The challenge, produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by Worcestershire Libraries, aims to encourage children aged between 4-12 to borrow and read six books over their summer holidays. 

The Space Chase theme for this year’s challenge is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities at Worcestershire County Council, said: "The Summer Reading Challenge is always a fun time of year. Seeing children getting excited about books and reading is wonderful to see and keeps children interested in reading over the summer holidays and out of school hours. 

It also keeps them using their local libraries across the county. Getting lost in the world of books really is a priceless experience.”

Last year, Worcestershire’s libraries had the highest percentage rate of finishers in the West Midlands and the highest number of young volunteers supporting the challenge.

Overall, the county’s libraries had 3,987 starters, 2,959 finishers, creating a 74% finish rate, and this year they’re looking to duplicate their success. 
This year, Space Chase will be officially launched by Councillor Lucy Hodgson at the Malvern Science in the Park event. The launch will take place in the bandstand in Priory Park at 2pm.

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 for this year’s 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. 

To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.
Space Chase launches in libraries across Worcestershire on 29th June. 

Launchpad events will be held in libraries and children can sign up to Space Chase at any Worcestershire Library.

For details of the Summer Reading Challenge events please visit the libraries section of the Council's website or your local library's Facebook page.  

The Summer Reading Challenge for 2019 runs until 21st September.