Summer Reading Challenge 2022

14th July 2022, 5:58pm | By Karen |

Children often have a dip in their reading over the summer; the Summer Reading Challenge, produced by the Reading Agency and delivered by libraries, has been proven to stop this as well as changing children’s attitudes in a positive way towards reading and libraries.  Initiative taking place in Wilton, Mere and Tisbury libraries.

The challenge is for children aged 4-11 years to read 6 library books over 8 weeks of the summer in return for various fun prizes, including a medal and certificate on completion. This year the challenge runs from Saturday 16 July to Saturday 10 September.

There will be a registration period in the first two weeks of the challenge, where children will receive a pack of resources. After this period (from 1 August) and once children have completed their challenge, they are invited to return to collect their final sticker, medal and certificate and to talk about their reading experience.

This year’s theme, ‘Gadgeteers’, is all about science and innovation. Developed in partnership with the Science Museum Group, the Challenge will inspire children to use their curiosity and creativity to discover the science behind everyday items and celebrates imagination in both reading and the sciences.

Although there is a science theme, children can read any six library books of their choice; they don’t have to be linked to science and they can read more than six books! They also don’t have to be able to read, reading with a parent/carer also counts.

It’s free to join the challenge and to take out a library membership. Visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries-join-the-library for more information on joining or drop into the library where staff will be on hand to help.

Children can also take part in the challenge online via the website: summerreadingchallenge.org.uk, where they can rate and review books, download activities, and access video content, games and quizzes.

Any queries email: libraryenquiries@wiltshire.gov.uk or telephone Salisbury Library on 01722 743230

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