Date Published: 09 July 2019
Rutland libraries are calling on children to sign up and read six books this summer as part of the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge 2019.
The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
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.
Children who read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge will receive special 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.
To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.
“We set a new record for the Summer Reading Challenge last year, when more than 430 children took part from schools across Rutland. We think Space Chase will be equally popular this year and have some fantastic rewards for children as they read their books. Our top prize this year is a copy of ‘Ask an Astronaut’ signed by British astronaut Major Tim Peake. Every child that completes their six books gets a medal and certificate, which can be presented to them at school. The Summer Reading Challenge is always fantastic for our libraries and a fun way to encourage literacy and learning during the school holidays.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure
“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 50th 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."
Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency
Space Chase launches in libraries across Rutland on Saturday 13 July, with a space-themed craft sessions from 10.00am to 12noon in all Rutland libraries, and runs until Saturday 14 September.
A full programme of family events and activities are planned at Rutland libraries over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. This include a ‘Space Day’ on Friday 26 July, with crafts and a visit from performance poet Gez Walsh.
Contact your local library or visit our Rutland Libraries page for details.