Summer reading will be out of this world

This story was published 1 July 2019

Five, four, three, two, one … blast off to your library where the theme of this year’s exciting Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase.

Ready for blast-off in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge are outreach librarian Heather French and rocket man Albie Burrows

It promises to be an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

To take part in Space Chase, children need only to sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector’s folder in which to keep a record of their reading journey.

This year libraries have extended the scheme to include all children aged up to 11 years. They are invited to borrow six library books over the summer. As they read (or are read to by parents and carers) they will team up with futuristic family the Rockets for an exciting space mission. Books are vanishing off library shelves and the Rocket family has been tasked with getting them back. Library staff and volunteers need the help of local children to complete the mission.

Participating children can read whatever they like – fiction, factual books, joke books, picture books, audio books or e-books – as long as these are borrowed from the library.

During their reading journey children will collect stickers, bookmarks, a space-themed snakes and ladders game and an alien window clinger. Certificates and medals are awarded to children who complete the challenge.

Many events and activities will be staged around the county to encourage children to visit libraries regularly during the summer holidays. Contact your local branch for details.

If you’re ready for a galactic adventure, pop into your library to sign up. Space Chase will launch in North Yorkshire libraries on Saturday, 13 July, and will run until Saturday, 7 September.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Celebrating space exploration is topical, so I’m sure young readers will hop on board this exciting adventure. 2019 also marks 20 years of libraries and the Reading Agency working together to keep children reading throughout the summer. Almost 10,000 North Yorkshire children took part in 2018 and this year we’re hoping for even more. We are keen to welcome pre-schoolers to instill the reading habit early and are also recruiting young volunteers aged 13 to 24 to help children with the challenge.”

To find out more about volunteering, visit your library or email before the start of the challenge on 13 July. Find out more information about the challenge.