Calling all children! Join the Summer Reading Challenge

Youngsters around Dorset are invited to step into the ‘Story Lab’ a celebration of stories, fun and imagination over the school holidays as the Summer Reading Challenge returns to local libraries.  

 Over the past few years, the initiative has encouraged thousands of children to pick up a book and read for pleasure, instead of just for classroom learning.

Children aged from four to 11 can obtain a Reading Challenge pack from any county council library, including a free fold-out poster, bookmark and membership card. The aim is simple – to read six or more books during the holidays.

There are stickers and rewards to collect along the way, with a certificate and medal awarded to all who complete the challenge.

The fictional framework for this year’s event is the Story Lab – an amazing hi-tech ‘story HQ’ that attracts stories from all over the world. It is run by Professor Cortex, who asks four youngsters – Will, Rani, Evie and Lex – to recover three lost items and bring them back to the Story Lab. Can the children find the bronze coin, silver mirror and gold medal, and boost the imagination of the Story Lab?

Children taking park can ready any books they like as part of the challenge, which will be promoted through a programme of library events over summer featuring local authors, illustrators and activity sessions.

Local library events list

All events are free, but tickets are required; please contact your library to book

Terms and conditions may apply – please ask when you book your place.

For more information, visit your local library.

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