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Kids Take One Giant Leap into Libraries

Wednesday 7th July 2010

 

 

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 fun!

 

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 BedfordBorough Council.

 

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:

http://www.bedford.gov.uk/ and click on Libraries.

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