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Summer Reading Challenge


Every year public libraries across the country get involved in The Summer Reading Challenge, a national initiative organised by The Reading Agency to keep children reading during the summer holidays. Besides promoting reading for pleasure, the Challenge helps to maintain children’s reading levels so that they return to school in the autumn ready to pick up where they left off at the end of the summer term, which is even more important after a disruptive 18 months.


The initiative challenges children to read 6 library books between July and September and visit the library to tell them about them. In return they provide incentives including a folder, stickers and lots more. Children who successfully complete the Challenge receive a medal, a bookmark and a certificate.


The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is “Wild World Heroes” celebrating the WWF and encourage and inspire young readers to stand up for our planet!


We would encourage children and their families to visit their local library during the summer holidays and join in the fun.


Stevenage Central Library is open 7 days a week, and children need to come into the library to sign up for the challenge. They will then be given their starter pack, and can start to collect their stickers.