Cheshire West and Chester libraries are calling for children under 12 to sign up and get reading this summer as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2022.
The theme of this year is "Gadgeteers", based on science and innovation. Just visit your local branch from Saturday 9 July onwards to take part. Entry is free and if you are not currently a library member you can join either online or at any Cheshire West Library.
Children from four to 12 can get a collector's pack and stickers (including "scratch and sniff") each time they read at least two books.
There will be a certificate and a medal for those who complete the Challenge. Those under four can join in the fun too with the Mini Challenge and get a certificate and a gold sticker.
Adults and those over 12 are not forgotten either. With the Adults Read Two promotion entrants just need to read two books between 9 July and 4 September to be in with a chance to win £50 of book vouchers through a prize draw."
Events in libraries this summer will include animal handling, fun science, storytelling, dance, Dogs Trust, crafts and creative writing. Booking will be at the library or via Ticketsource (www.ticketsource.co.uk/cwaclibraries).
Events at Storyhouse will be bookable via the Storyhouse website (www.storyhouse.com).
Under fours will be entered into a competition to win a Space Penguin when they complete the Challenge and four to 12s will be entered into a prize draw for free family entry to Boulder Hut, an indoor bouldering centre for climbers of all ages and abilities just off the M53 at Ellesmere Port. Just by joining the Challenge, children will get discounted entry to Boulder hut, for the first two weeks of the summer holidays.
There is also a competition, tied in with the BFG exhibition in the Grosvenor Museum in Chester to draw a gadget to catch dreams – with the two winners getting their creation made in real life.
The BFG in Pictures is an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl's classic story The BFG. The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, contains 40 original artworks, including rarely seen unpublished illustrations of the BFG. Entry forms are available in all libraries.
And finally, libraries are keeping track of how many children from each school are completing the challenge and will give a special certificate to the top school in each area.
The Summer Reading Challenge reaches over 700,000 children across the UK each year in partnership with public libraries. The Challenge continued to reach well over half a million children across the UK in 2021 as lockdowns eased, motivating children to keep reading during a difficult time.
Since 1999, the popular Challenge has encouraged children to read for pleasure over the summer holidays, building reading skills and confidence and helping to prevent the 'dip' in reading skills while children are out of school. By providing fun reading activities, the Challenge will support families and teachers by providing free-to-access recreation and learning resources – all created to keep children inspired to read.
The digital Summer Reading Challenge platform will encourage children with limited physical access to the library to take part in the Challenge.
Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency said: "We're delighted to see how library partners across the country are organising their own events and activities to support this year's Summer Reading Challenge. We are really looking forward to working closely with them to help get children reading, innovating, and sparking their imaginations this summer."