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11 June 2020

Summer Reading Challenge launches next week!

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event in Cumbria County Council’s libraries during the school summer holidays.

Aimed at 4 - 11 year olds, children are encouraged to read six (or more) books of their choice during the summer holidays, with collectable incentives and rewards for their reading, and they each receive a certificate for completing the challenge.

This year, with the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, an all-new digital Summer Reading Challenge is launching from Monday 15 June.  The aim is to keep children reading over the summer and to support parents and carers with children at home.

The theme for this year’s challenge, which runs until September, is ‘Silly Squad’ - a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.

A dedicated website for the Summer Reading Challenge - www.sillysquad.org.uk - is free to access and is a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goals.

It will also feature video content, games, quizzes, and digital and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in the challenge together at home.

Cumbria Library Service’s ‘BorrowBox’ platform also offers families a wide range of children’s e-book and audiobook titles to support the challenge and these are free to download for library members.

 If you are not a member of the library, you can join for free, and get instant access to the library service’s online resources - including thousands of books, magazines and games.

Details of how to sign up for a free membership are available on the Cumbria Library Service pages of the county council website.

Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Local Communities, said:

“I think it’s fantastic that so many young people spend their summer holidays enjoying new books and learning new things.  This has been a difficult year for young people, so I am pleased that the Summer Reading Challenge can continue, despite the ongoing challenges.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all the young people, library staff and families who work so hard to make sure the challenge is a success each year - well done to everyone involved!”


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The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event in Cumbria County Council’s libraries during the school summer holidays.