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Summer Reading Challenge for 2019

Posted on Friday 12th July 2019 at 9:52 pm by SH (Editor)

Space Chase, Summer reading Challenge 2019.

Get ready for an out-of–this-world adventure at the library this summer – it’s Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

Our super space family, the Rockets, need your help to track down books that have been nabbed by aliens!

As you read six library books over the summer, collect special stickers (including some stinky ones!) to complete your mission folder and get your medal and certificate. It’s fun and free to take part!

Please encourage your children to visit the library and sign up and see the difference the Summer Reading Challenge makes to their reading.

“My son really enjoyed the challenge and it kept him motivated to keep reading over the school holidays which will really help when he goes back to school.” (parent, Cadbury Heath)

“It was fun, cool, amazing and I loved it.” (child, Bradley Stoke)

This year’s Reading Challenge runs from Saturday 13th July to Saturday 14th September.

South Gloucestershire libraries are also staging FREE drop-in activity sessions throughout the school holidays (see below for local events).

More: Reading Challenge activities at Bradley Stoke Library »

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Summer Reading Challenge for 2017

Posted on Friday 14th July 2017 at 4:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Animal Agents - Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

This summer there’s something strange happening at your local library – and that’s where the Animal Agents come in!

The Animal Agents love solving mysteries and they need YOU to help them crack their biggest case yet. Who has painted graffiti on the library wall? Why are things suddenly going missing? Join the Animal Agents for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017 and help them uncover the truth!

Taking part is simple – sign up at your local library from Saturday 15th July. Read six library books (or more!) by 16th September to collect special stickers and complete the Challenge. Each time you visit the library, you’ll discover new clues and evidence that will help you solve this cryptic case.

Use your eagle-eyes and test your skills and ingenuity by reading books to collect stinky stickers for your case file. Super sleuths who read all six books to complete the challenge and solve the case get a medal, certificate and a complimentary child’s ticket for Wild Place Project* or free library DVD hire.

South Gloucestershire libraries are also staging FREE Animal Agents activity sessions throughout the school holidays. Activities are drop-in activities most suitable for primary school children unless otherwise stated.

*Complimentary child’s ticket for Wild Place Project available while stocks last. Tickets expire 30th May 2018.

More: Programme of Animal Agent activities at Bradley Stoke Library »

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Make a difference this summer by helping children with the 2014 Reading Challenge!

Posted on Saturday 17th May 2014 at 9:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Summer Reading Challenge 2014 - Mythical Maze.

South Gloucestershire’s Library Service is looking for volunteers to help children do the Summer Reading Challenge 2014. The theme this year is Mythical Maze and children are challenged to read six books to collect their very own medal and certificate.

Over 7,000 children in South Gloucestershire took part in Creepy House, the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge, and volunteers supported the children taking part by listening to them talk about their books and helping at the activities in the library.

Tim, aged 18, from Filton explained why he got involved:

“Volunteering for the summer reading challenge was a fantastic way to give something back to a community I have benefited so much from. It was the summer reading challenge that got me and my family ten years ago to regularly use the library, and its resources have since become an intrinsic part of my life. It was so nice being a part of the beginning of similar journeys for other young people and really engaging with them about what they have read. In volunteering for the summer reading challenge you see the passion for reading born. You gain valuable skills in communication through interacting with young people and their parents and I really felt my confidence grew as a result.”

Being a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer is also a great opportunity for young people to get new skills and experience for their CVs, as Tim describes:

“As well as the enjoyment you get out of engaging with young readers, the summer reading challenge acted as a springboard for many other things. I found that it’s perfect volunteering material for the Duke of Edinburgh award and in my case was also a stepping stone into being included in the library ‘pool’ of staff drafted in to cover absences. This, for a student, is the perfect part-time job as it allows me to work when I am able to.”

For more information on how to get involved ask a member of library staff, contact or phone 01454 868451.

The role is suitable for those aged 14+. Closing date for applications is 16th June 2014.

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Summer Reading Challenge launched at library re-opening

Posted on Monday 26th July 2010 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Offical Re-opening of Bradley Stoke Library

The annual Summer Reading Challenge was launched at the recent official re-opening of Bradley Stoke Library, following a major extension to allow the library to improve services to children.

This year’s ‘Space Hop‘ Challenge, which invites youngsters to help the young crew of the Ex Libris to set up the first library on the moon, is an adventure to help keep children reading throughout the school summer holidays.

The Summer Reading Challenge is an immensely popular and successful national reading initiative which encourages children to read six or more books of their choice during the holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate or medal for every child who completes the challenge.

Last year, 4,200 youngsters took part across South Gloucestershire and it is hoped that this year’s ‘space’ themed event will encourage even more.

Cllr Heather Goddard, executive member for communities, said:

“I know that children really enjoy taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge. It’s a great way to keep them entertained over the holidays, but more importantly, we know that children who take part read more books and read more widely than those who don’t, with potentially life-changing results.”

“I hope that children take part in this year’s challenge and visit the library during the holidays – many of which have been extended and refurbished to offer an even better service to children and young people.”

The official re-opening and Reading Challenge launch was performed by Cllr Janet Biggin, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, on Saturday 17th July. Also attending the ceremony were Bradley Stoke Mayor Ben Walker and South Gloucestershire Cllr Brian Hopkinson.

Read on for more details about the expanded Bradley Stoke Library

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