Kirklees Libraries – Summer Reading Challenge 2017

This upcoming summer’s six-week holidays, libraries across the country will receive The Reading Agency’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, presented by Kirklees libraries.

What does the challenge offer?

The challenge offers a new and fun way for children aged 4-11 to get involved in more reading and discover new books or series’ throughout the 15 July to the 16 September 2017.

For a chance for children to get involved in solving the Animal Agents mystery, and discover the six fun new books along the way, find out more information on the Summer Reading Challenge website.

What do Kirklees Libraries have to offer?

But that isn’t the only thing the summer months have to offer; all throughout August Kirklees Libraries offer a whole host of engaging and diverse workshops and activities for children (or maybe even some adults!).

From meeting hearing dogs to trying your hand at stop-motion animation, there really are plenty of opportunities for fun activities in Kirklees.

Stop Motion Animation Workshop


A perfect chance to start your amateur animation career and become the next big creator of such iconic animated characters as Wallace and Gromit! This workshop will show you how to bring your own characters to life (and give you a cool certificate at the end) in just four sessions. This is an opportunity for anyone, aged 8+ in the area of Birkby Fartown and Holmfirth, to learn this new skill.

Book your place now – dates are available through the website

Coding Workshop


In keeping with the spy theme of 2017’s Summer Reading Challenge (‘Animal Agents’), this workshop gives you the chance to learn code with help from Micro:bits and Raspberry Pi to send your friends Morse code messages and secretly communicate, away from the prying ears around. For children aged 5-11 in any of the available locations, there are three dates to choose from – 9, 16, and 23 August 2017.

Book your place now

Bug Hunt Session – Story Walk

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For a chance to get out in the summer sun, and meet the creatures in your local area, this fun-filled walk on the 7 August 2017, will introduce you to both. With special magnifying glasses you can closer to nature than ever before, and while basking in the warmth of outside a walk winding through local parks and open spaces will lead you on your hunt for Creepy Crawlies in their natural habitat.

A fully wheel-accessible route makes this an activity the whole family can enjoy and involve children of all ages!

To participate in the Shepley walk – book your FREE place now

Hearing Dog Experience

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If you’ve ever wanted to get a closer look at the training process involved in teaching these hero dogs their skills then this workshop will interest you. The Chestnut Centre (Huddersfield) and Heckmondwike Library provide you with the opportunity to meet a hearing dog and learn all about the training they are given, to become such an important aid in some people’s lives.

This even is taking place in the The Chestnut Centre and Heckmondwike Library on the 25 August 2017 – book your place now

Find out more about Kirklees Libraries – Summer Reading Challenge

To learn more about what’s happening in Kirklees, check out our other events on our website.

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