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Space-themed Summer Reading Challenge lifts off

10 July 2019

The countdown has begun with children across Norfolk getting ready for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge with the library service.

This year the theme is ‘Space Chase’, an out of this world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. Join super space family The Rockets for a thrilling mission to track down books which have been nabbed by mischievous aliens.

Children aged 4-11 are challenged to borrow and read at least six different books, earning rewards including stickers and a certificate and medal when the challenge is complete.

Research conducted by the Reading Agency has shown that the reading challenge can help combat the summer reading dip and can not only widen a child’s reading range but also helps improve their confidence. It also helps children to return to school more motivated to learn and read.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “During the summer holidays children may be less likely to pick up a book, so it’s really important our libraries take part in this free national scheme. Last year, more than 11,500 children took on the challenge, and I hope even more take on this important Space Chase mission this year.”

Children who sign up will receive a collector folder to get them started. As they read library books over the summer, they join The Rockets and track down the books – picking up some stinky stickers along the way!

Anyone can take part, and under 5s have their own special challenge and can collect stickers for sharing stories at home.

Sign up to Space Chase at your local library or mobile library from Saturday 13 July.

There are also plenty of free activities being held in libraries, including rocket making workshops, robot coding, and making space slime. For a full list of events, visit the Norfolk Libraries website.

And it’s the last chance for volunteers aged between 13-25 to get involved with the challenge and help sign children up, choose great books to read, and suggest new titles. To sign up, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/volunteering.

Last year 699,076 children in the UK took part in the Summer Reading Challenge, with the theme of Mischief Makers.

The Reading Agency is a national charity working with people of all ages to tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. Find out more about by visiting www.readingagency.org.uk

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