Children of all ages can visit Nottingham City Libraries this summer to meet the Gadgeteers and get involved in a science and innovation-themed Summer Reading Challenge.

Through taking part in the challenge, with free materials from the library and online via the website,  Gadgeteers encourages youngsters to keep reading over the holidays by offering rewards, including a medal and certificate if they complete the project and read all six books.

Children can take part in the library any time from Saturday 9 July – it’s free and all participants just need a library card. These are available from all city libraries. 

Summer Reading Challenge highlights include:

  • The Spark Arts Theatre and Theatre Rites performing their new performance Recycled Rubbish in ten city libraries – for ticket information click here;
  • Children’s entertainer Geoffrey Jumper is visiting every library for silly magical fun;
  • An activity in every city library every week throughout the month of August, including pop-up science activities.

Visit Summer Reading Challenge | Nottingham City Libraries to find out which services are available for families to enjoy.

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio holder for Leisure, Culture and Planning at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s great to see the Summer Reading Challenge return to libraries, keeping children reading over the summer. The challenge is completely free and everyone can take part. 

“This year’s theme allows children to discover more about science with our themed activities and enjoy all the library has to offer. Around 3,000 children took part last year, both online and in libraries, receiving rewards as they read. This year we are excited to be resuming medal ceremonies in every library.”

The council is recruiting volunteers aged 14 and over to support staff in promoting the Summer Reading Challenge, developing their skills and gaining valuable experience working with children and families. To find out more about volunteering click here.

Karen Napier, CEO of The Reading Agency, said: “We’re delighted to see how library partners across the country are organising their own events and activities to support this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. We are really looking forward to working closely with them to help get children reading, innovating, and sparking their imaginations this summer.”