Get involved with the Summer Reading Challenge

Gainsborough Library G120327-4
Gainsborough Library G120327-4

Gainsborough 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.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest library-run reading event.  It is co-ordinated by The Reading Agency and each year more than 800,000 children countrywide take part.

The challenge 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 from fact books, stories, joke books to picture books.

Every child joining the challenge will receive a membership pack, prizes and on completion of the challenge, a special certificate. 

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is ‘Big Friendly Read’, themed around the 100th anniversary of Big Friendly Giant children’s author Roald Dahl’s birthday.

The team at Gainsborough Library have been busy planning a host of events to encourage children to join up and take part.

Lynne Cook, Library Team Leader for GLL at Gainsborough Library said: “We’re really excited about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme, Roald Dahl is a fantastic author and his books are full of amazing characters and events, all of which have really inspired the team in their planning of our activities.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to help get children hooked on reading and develop a life long love of books.

“It’s 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. Its free entertainment too, so what’s not to love?”

To find out more pop into the library as ask a member of staff or email the team on