Get ready for the reading challenge!

Posted on Monday, July 4, 2022

KIDS and families can take part in a gadget-themed reading challenge over the summer, with a range of events, activities and rewards on offer.

This year, Leicester Libraries’ summer reading challenge is called Gadgeteers. It focuses on the key role of the imagination in reading and in science and innovation. To participate, children need only borrow and read at least six library books on any subject over the summer.

At a launch event at the National Space Center on Friday July 1, pupils from Taylor Road, Marriot and South Kilworth Primary Schools had the chance to tour the centre’s galleries and exhibits, take part in themed workshops and tell stories. stories, and to be among the first to sign up for the summer reading challenge.

Over the weekend, more children and families had the chance to participate in the challenge with a pop-up library in the Highcross featuring crafts, storytelling and Space Center activities. The Bookbus also parked in Jubilee Square to promote the Summer Challenge.

And starting July 11, head to your neighborhood library to create the ultimate gadget and borrow your first books for the summer. Families can also participate by making their own incredible inventions and sharing photos on social media, using the hashtag #GoGadgeteersGo.

Craft activities and themed events for the start of the Summer Reading Challenge will take place at the libraries as follows:

  • Monday July 11: Aylestone, Evington, New Parks
  • Tuesday July 12: Knighton, Beaumont Leys, Rushey Mead
  • Wednesday July 13: Belgrave, St Barnabas, St Matthews
  • Thursday July 14: Central, Highfields, Pork Pie, Westcotes
  • Friday, July 15: Brite Centre, Fosse Centre, Hamilton

Over the summer, a program of themed activities will support the Reading Challenge, including free fun days and live family theater performances at libraries, in partnership with The Spark Arts for Children.

Lee Warner, Head of Neighborhood Services for the City Council, said: “Thousands of families across Leicester enjoy taking part in our summer reading challenge every year – it’s about reading for the sheer joy of it.

“Last year we reached more children than ever – nearly 10,000 – with our summer reading challenge, and with the ability to participate both online and in our libraries, we hope this will also be a great success this year.

“It’s wonderful to be able to have fun days and activities in our libraries again this year after the disruption of the pandemic. And because it’s all free, it’s a great way to keep the kids entertained during the long summer vacation without having to worry about the cost.

CJ Bishop, Community Manager at the Space Centre, said, “It’s great to be taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge again. This year’s theme, Gadgeteers, encourages us to think creatively and innovatively, just like a scientist!

“We are excited to work closely with our local libraries to bring the National Space Center to our community during school vacations. We’re thrilled to offer kids and their families a range of free activities, including the chance to build their own robot hand and get a closer look at meteorites under a microscope.

To enter the challenge, visit your local library anytime during the summer starting July 1 and sign up to get your Gadgeteers poster pack and bookmark, and start collecting stickers. Children then have until Sunday, September 11 to complete the challenge by reading books borrowed from the library or online from the libraries’ ebook and audiobook collections. When finished, they can collect a certificate and a medal.

Adults can also get involved with the Go Gadgeteers go! challenge. Be a role model and support your children by participating and also reading six books. Borrow books from Leicester libraries in July and August and enter a raffle for a chance to win £30 worth of books.

As well as the 7,000 GB Gadgeteers Go! packs available free from libraries, an additional 3,000 packs will also be delivered directly to families through our partnerships with schools, adventure playgrounds, children’s centers and Leicester City of Sanctuary.

The annual Summer Reading Challenge is presented by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries across the country.

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