Children invited to join the Space Chase at Warwickshire libraries this summer

Warwickshire libraries are calling children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children will team up with futuristic family –The Rockets – for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help The Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said:

“At The Reading Agency, we tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the Challenge for twenty years this year. Children worked with illustrator Adam Stower to come up with ideas for the Space Chase adventure, and we hope the Challenge will inspire all children to use their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond.”

Cllr Kam Kaur, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customer & Transformation, said:

“We expect the space theme and all the free, fun activities in our libraries to inspire Warwickshire young people to read for the sheer joy of it, while their parents and teachers know it will stand them in good stead for the return to school in September.

“For parents, grandparents and carers wanting to further inspire their children with the wonders of space, Warwick’s Market Hall Museum is also running a special exhibition all summer, celebrating all things space travel and featuring real samples of moon rock brought back to earth by astronauts. This is definitely worth a visit and, again, will inspire our young people and keep their minds and imaginations active.”

Space Chase launches in libraries across Warwickshire on Saturday 13th July and runs until Friday 6th September.

There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Warwickshire libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge.

Residents should either contact their local library or go to warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries to find out how to take part.

Find out more about the rare collection of Roman Coins that are now on display at Market Hall Museum:  https://news.warwickshire.gov.uk/blog/2019/06/25/rare-roman-coin-hoard-goes-on-display-in-warwicks-market-hall-museum/