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Stamford Library has joined forces with The Reading Agency to encourage children to get hooked on books by taking part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

Co-ordinated by the Reading Agency, the Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest library-run reading event and, each year, thousands of children country-wide take part. The Reading Agency and Lincolnshire Libraries are excited to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing to bring you the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

The mission is to read six books during the school holidays. Children of all ages are invited to take part and they can read anything they like - fact books, stories, joke books or picture books. There are no rules!

Each child joining the challenge will receive a membership pack and, on completion, a special certificate. The children will be introduced to the Rockets, a futuristic family living in space. The Rockets are on the trail of Aliens! The Aliens are jumping from galaxy to galaxy helping themselves to whatever they like. Now books have started to disappear from the Moon Library and The Rockets are on the case. The children will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge black holes and shooting stars. They will collect stickers and have lots of fun and adventures along the way.

Let the Space Chase begin!

The team at Stamford Library have been busy planning a host of space-related activities, listed below, to encourage children to join up, take part and have fun this summer in the library.


Sat 13th July        10.00 - 4.00pm    Summer Reading Challenge Launch

Thurs 25th July        10.00 - 12.00 noon - Space Craft - Make a space vehicle

Thurs 8th August      10.00 - 12.00 noon - Space Craft - Visit the stars and planets

Thurs 29th August    10.00 - 12.00 noon -  Space Craft - Meet the Aliens

Sat 14th Sept            2.30 - 3.30pm - Celebration Event - Certificates will be presented by local celebrity and You-Tube sensation ... Colin Furze!

Monday Space Place - Monday mornings 10.30 - 11.30

22nd July, 29th July, 5th August, 12th August and 19th August

Join us for fun facts and activities about space: Constellations, planets, space suits and much much more!

Lea Rickard,  Library Manager at Stamford Library for GLL said:

'The theme 'Space Chase' coincides with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The characters in the Summer Reading Challenge this year are great fun. Come and meet Nana Whiz and the crew of the alien's spaceship. The Library team have planned some great spacy crafts and events to inspire children to participate in this Space Chase adventure.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to help get children hooked on reading and develop a life-long love of books. It has been proved to help prevent the trend for children's reading skills to dip over the holidays by supporting their learning in a fun way. It's free entrertainment too, so what's not to love?'

To find out more pop into the library and ask a member of staff or email the team on stamford.library @gll.org




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