Libraries NI is very excited to launch this years ‘Gadgeteers’ Summer Reading Challenge. Join the ‘Gadgeteers’ for a special science-themed Challenge that will inspire children to keep reading during the school holidays and use their imagination and creativity! Presented by The Reading Agency in partnership with Science Museum Group and delivered by libraries, the Challenge will take place from 25June until 3 September in all public and mobile libraries across Northern Ireland.
Children aged 4 – 11 are encouraged to spark their curiosity about the world around them by signing up in their local library from Saturday 25 June, picking up their free collector’s folder, setting their own reading goals and then reading any books they enjoy throughout the summer to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE.
Lots of exciting events and activities will take place throughout the Challenge, both in libraries and online, including a programme of STEM Ambassador events taking place in various libraries throughout the summer.
There is also a digital platform via the Challenge website – www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk. Here children can access lots of fun facts and activities, book recommendations and they will be able to join six fictional Gadgeteers. The characters – brought to life by children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford – use their curiosity and wonder to understand the science behind a whole range of interests, from fashion and technology to cooking and music. Everyone who completes their personal challenge will receive a certificate and medal.
Libraries NI Chief Executive Jim O’Hagan said;
“Research has shown reading over the summer holidays helps keep children’s reading levels up before going back to school in September. Engagement with the Summer Reading Challenge motivates children to read more over the summer and according to The Reading Agency, evidence shows it also supports wellbeing and family connectedness.
“Libraries across Northern Ireland have a large range of books, eBooks and audiobooks available to borrow for free and this year’s Challenge has been set to really help young readers and parents maximise opportunities to engage with fun science-themed topics and stories.”
Join the fun and call into your local library from Saturday 25 June during opening hours to sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge and join the Gadgeteers!
Visit www.librariesni.org.uk for more information and to find your nearest library.