Kids Take One Giant Leap into Libraries
Space Hop: Launch of the
12th Summer Reading Challenge
Libraries across Bedford are getting ready to
launch children into orbit for an intergalactic adventure that will
keep them reading throughout the school summer holidays … with the
2010 Summer Reading Challenge (starting on Saturday 17th
July - Saturday 4th September) - and it’s all free
The 2010 Summer Reading Challenge has a space
theme, called ‘Space Hop’, it will enable children to boldly go to
new worlds, to discover the joy of reading and nurture a life-long
love for reading and books.
The Summer Reading Challenge adventure starts
in their local library, where young visitors will meet Finn,
Jessie, Nabil and Safiya – the crew of the Ex-Libris (name of the
spaceship) – as they embark on their mission to set up the first
lunar library. Unless, the dastardly Spacekatz leads them
into the nearest black hole…
Children can help Bedford Borough Libraries
and the crew of the Ex-Libris achieve their mission by reading six
or more library books of their choice during the holidays: read six
books to receive six sticker sheets and a ‘Space Hop’ certificate,
read 12 for a glow-in-the-dark wristband and 18 books for a ‘Space
Hop’ medal. Plus for every book that children read they raise
money for Keech Hospice Care for Children, thanks to sponsorship
from Wates Family Enterprise Trust.
A programme of FREE events and activities are
planned for the summer – including two magicians, who are both
called Magic Dave.
Over 14? This year there is a challenge for
you too – Read four books for the chance to be entered into a prize
draw at every library to win a £10 book token.
“Children really enjoy taking part in the
Summer Reading Challenge. It’s great fun, but also gives children a
real sense of achievement and provides families with an opportunity
to take part in activities together. ¹Research shows that children
who take part get a head start in the classroom when they go back
to school in September.” said Councillor Barry Huckle,
Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure at
There is no age limit to joining the challenge
and there are also large print materials available for visually
impaired children. So, Mums, Dads, Grandparents and carers, pop
into your local library to find out more.
Local Bedford Borough Libraries are: Bedford
Central Library, Bromham Library, Kempston Library, Putnoe Library
and Wootton Library.
To find out more about the Space Hop challenge
and events visit:
click on Libraries.