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Join the Gadgeteers at your local library this summer!

Children aged 4-11 can visit a library to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Posted by: Communications team on 08 June 2022 11:49
Summer Reading Challenge 'Characters' Graphic

West Berkshire Libraries will be challenging primary age children to read up to six library books between 1 July and 15 September and to collect free incentives from their local library for their achievements as they read - with medals and certificates for everyone who completes the challenge.

From 1 July, children aged 4-11 years can visit a library to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. The theme of this year's challenge is 'Gadgeteers', a celebration of creative thinking and teamwork, which has been developed in partnership with the Science Museum Group. Our young innovators will be introduced to many aspects of science engagement, including food, fashion, music, and sport - something for everyone to enjoy.

There will also be a mini-challenge for pre-school children and one for the grown-ups too!

The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way for children to keep up their reading skills and confidence over the summer holidays and prevent the common holiday 'reading dip'.

Councillor Howard Woollaston, West Berkshire Council's Executive Member for Housing, Leisure and Culture, says,

"The Summer Reading Challenge is extremely popular and really is the perfect mix of fun and learning. Children love the themes and collecting their medals and certificates, this year's theme - Gadgeteers - will inspire children to discover the amazing science and innovation that is everywhere around us.''

There are plenty of opportunities for adults to get involved by volunteering to help run the Summer Reading Challenge at their local library over the summer. People who are interested should please contact

For additional activities, games, competitions and suggestions for further reading visit

It is free to join and borrow books from West Berkshire Libraries for all people living, working, or studying in West Berkshire. Babies and young children can have their own library cards and borrow up to 15 books at a time. There are also audiobooks (on CD), e-books and e-audiobooks, all available to borrow for free. DVDs for children are available to hire. All details, including current library opening hours, can be found at

Last modified: 08 July 2022 10:41

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