Summer Reading Challenge 2022

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Join the Gadgeteers this summer!

The Summer Reading Challenge runs every year across libraries in Surrey. It's a fun and free way to keep children reading throughout the summer holidays to prevent summer boredom.

All children aged 4 to 11 will be able to sign up for the Challenge, for free, at their local library from Saturday 9 July. Children can set their own goals, but to complete the Challenge they'll need to read six books before 17 September.

Younger children can join in the Mini Challenge, aimed at under 4s. Participants will need to be a member of the library, but joining is free and can be done online or in your local branch.

There are lots of reading formats to keep children interested. Fact books, stories, poetry, graphic novels, e-books, joke books and audiobooks – they all count! When they have finished their books, children can tell library staff what they've been reading and receive rewards for how far they've come. Children who manage to read six books will receive:

  • A Summer Reading Challenge pack
  • Fun rewards such as stickers, pencils and fridge magnets
  • A gold medal and certificate

Each year the Summer Reading Challenge has a different theme to tap into children's imaginations and this year's theme will be The Gadgeteers, a group of young innovators who use science to design and produce items for their town's summer party. The Gadgeteers is a celebration of science, reading and use of the imagination in coming up with solutions to everyday problems.

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency, this year in partnership with the Science Museum Group and delivered by Surrey Libraries. More information on the Summer Reading Challenge can be found online at the Surrey Libraries web page.

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