Children invited to join Space Chase at Kirklees Libraries

Kirklees Libraries are inviting children to sign up to borrow and read lots of library books this summer as part of Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge.

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at 4-11 year olds and the theme for this year is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

What do the children do?

Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special prizes and stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way. Children who complete the challenge will also receive a certificate and medal.

How do you take part?

To take part in the Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up for free at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Space Chase launches in Kirklees Libraries on Saturday 13th July. There’s also a whole programme of themed events and activities planned. Just contact your local library or book on the website.

Carol Stump, Chief Librarian said:

“We are really excited about Kirklees Libraries Summer’s Reading Challenge, where families and children can  ‘Reach for the Stars’ and join the Space Chase!

Our libraries are at the heart of our communities, ensuring local support for young children and families and enabling them to get a good start with reading and other skills.

The summer reading challenge maintains reading skills and confidence during the summer holidays and is aimed at 4 – 11 year olds. 1136 children became new library members during 2018’s Summer Reading Challenge and a massive 89,447 children’s books were borrowed.”

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said:

“At The Reading Agency, we tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the Challenge for twenty years this year. The space theme has been chosen to coincide with the 5Oth anniversary of the first moon landing. Last summer, children worked with illustrator Adam Stower to come up with ideas for the Space Chase adventure, and we hope the Challenge will inspire all children to use their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond.”

Want to know more?

The Reading Agency is the leading charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with our partners, our aim is to make reading accessible to everyone. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.

 Libraries Connected is a membership organisation, representing heads of library services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We take a leading role in the development of public libraries through advocating for the power of libraries, sharing best practice and leading the debate on the future of the public library service.

Kirklees Libraries have their own website where you can find out more about the service.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.