The Challenge

Libraries across the South West (and indeed across the country) are tasked with planning an exciting and interactive Summer Reading Challenge every year, where children take part in an exciting initiative which gets children reading books.

The Solution

Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading event, aimed at 4-11 year olds, and is coordinated by The Reading Agency and public libraries. Libraries across the South West organise a programme with hundreds of different arts and cultural activities to choose from.

The Results

In the South West, children were able to enjoy imaginative dance performances and events, thanks to a £9,870 Arts Council England's National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts Award. Last year the theme was ‘Creepy House’, with many libraries hosting ‘creepy’ activities for children.

Next Steps

Libraries will be working together again for 2014 to put together an even bigger Summer Reading Challenge, with more of a buzz, more activities, more children involved, and another exciting theme!