Calling all eagle-eyed young readers! Sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge and put your skills and ingenuity to the test.
Libraries across Nottinghamshire are getting ready for another inspiring summer of reading with Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017. Launching in all libraries on Saturday 15 July.
The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. This annual challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and run in libraries across the country.
It has a new theme each year and in 2017 children are invited to help the Animal Agents – a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends.
Tony Ross, the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator (creator of the Little Princess books, illustrator of the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, and of books by David Walliams and Claire Balding), has created this year’s exclusive artwork.
Children sign up at the library to pick up their free collector folder then read six library books to help the Animal Agents solve the mystery, collecting rewards (including very smelly stickers) along the way. Children choose the books they want to read on their Challenge; novels, fact books, joke books – as long as they are borrowed from the library all reading counts!
There’s a certificate and medal for every child who completes the challenge by reading 6 books.
Last year in Nottinghamshire 10,696 children took part. We hope even more will be inspired to take part this year.
Peter Gaw, Inspire’s Chief Executive commented; “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great scheme to encourage to children to keep up the reading habit over the summer, with research showing it can help prevent the ‘dip’ in reading that can occur over the long summer break. We also know from the feedback we receive each year from children and families that the challenge can inspire and enhance a love of reading which can support children through their school years and beyond.”
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place committee added; “The summer reading challenge is a great way to encourage youngsters to read from an early age.
“I’m sure this year’s animal theme will capture the imagination and I hope that local young people will be making full use of their local libraries by borrowing and reading six books over the summer holidays.”
This year our Summer Reading Challenge launch coincides with the Inspire Poetry Festival. Inspire is delighted to welcome brilliant children poets Joseph Coelho and A. F Harrold who will dazzle children and families with amazing words and poetic performances on Saturday 15 July. The perfect start to our summer of reading.
There are lots of other activities running at libraries inspired by this year’s Animal Agents theme. Selected summer events are listed below.
West Bridgford and Retford libraries host a Visual Stories Exhibition from 29 July to 7 September. INSPIRE’s Arts service have commissioned artists and storytellers to work with students from West Bridgford Junior School and Mattersey Primary School to explore visual literacy through mask making and creating stories. The resulting artworks are brought together an amazing exhibition, to encourage library visitors to take up the Summer Reading Challenge and join in the artist-led workshops in libraries across the county (further details below)
How the Summer Reading Challenge works
• Children sign up for free at the library and pick up an Animal Agents collector folder introducing children to the Animal Agents and setting the scene for the mystery they need to help solve.
• Children choose the books they want to read. They can record what they have read on their folder. And staff and volunteers will be on hand at the library to chat to children about books they have read.
• For every book read children will pick up stickers containing clues to reveal the culprit who has been causing chaos in the library. Some of these clues are smelly! There is also a bookmark to collect along the way.
• Every child who completes the challenge by reading 6 library books will receive a medal, certificate and an Animal Agents wristband.
It’s all free fun and a great way to keep chilldren reading over the summer holidays. Animal Agents will be running in all Inspire libraries from 15 July – 10 September www.inspireculture.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge
Summer Reading Challenge Launch Day -Saturday 15 July
Inspire Poetry Festival events
The following events are part of our Inspire Poetry Festival. Brilliant poets will be visiting our libraries to dazzle families with amazing words and poetic performances.
• Joseph Coelho
Worksop Library: Saturday 15 July, 11am
Mansfield Central Library: Saturday 15 July, 3pm
£3 per child | Accompanying Adults free
Performance poet Joseph Coelho has appeared on CBeebies Rhyme Rocket and is the winner of the 2015 CLPE Poetry Award. Come along to enjoy a series of adventurous, mysterious, laugh-out-loud and magical poems.
• A.F Harrold
West Bridgford Library: Saturday 15 July, 10.30am
£3 per child | Accompanying Adults free
Enjoy the unique experience of a performance by A.F Harrold. Prepare to be surprised by the quality, silliness and loudness of his poems. Marvel at his funny stories and be confused by his dancing! An event not to be missed
• Animal Agents – poetry
Southwell Library, 11am – 1pm
Free – just drop by
Drop in for fun activities inspired by the Animal Agents theme.
• Lucy Rowland Live at Newark Library: Newark Book Festival
Saturday 15 July, 2pm
We celebrate the launch of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and Newark Book Festival with a visit from Lucy Rowland, author of ‘The Birthday Invitation’ and ‘Gecko’s Echo’. Tickets are FREE but booking is strongly advised!
• John Kirk presents: Jeremy Strong’s The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog
Saturday 22 July
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library, 11am (01623 753 236)
Hucknall Library, 2pm (0115 963 2035)
FREE but booking advised
Can Trevor train Streaker the Dog before the end of holidays or will he lose his bet with Charlie Smugg? Find out with storyteller John Kirk as he brings this popular Jeremy Strong book to life. Suitable for children aged 6+. Presented in association with David Higham Associates.
• Paper Worlds: A drop-in visual arts workshop for children and families
Saturday 22 July
Idlewells Shopping Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield 10am – 12pm
Arnold Library 2pm – 3.30pm
Wednesday 26 July
Worksop Library, 10 – 12
Retford Library, 2 – 4pm
Make a paper world with the library. Help create our city with buildings, moving cars, planes, boats and people drawn from your imagination. Make a word catcher with your favourite words or try some simple origami. Watch your paper world glisten under the stars as we light up the scene with little sparkling fairy lights. For children aged 5 – 11. Free – just drop by
• White Post Farm
Thursday 24 August
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Mansfield Woodhouse Library, 1.30pm – 3pm
A whole host of animals including, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducklings, lizards and snakes will be visiting the library with White Post Farm staff on hand to answer questions about the animals. Craft activities available too. Suitable for all ages. Just drop in.
• Lion Learners
Thursday 24 August
Bingham Library, 10.30am – 11.30am
Keyworth Library, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Kristan from Lion Learners visits the library with some furry & scaly friends. Meet the animals and find out more their special skills.
Visual artists and story tellers have worked with schools to create wonderful exhibitions for two of Inspires library galleries this summer in West Bridgford and Retford.
In 13 of our libraries those same artists are running FREE Family Arts Workshops in mask making and storytelling for you to join in with. Children must be accompanied and booking is essential on line or in the library.
Bingham Library Saturday 29 July 10.00 – 12.00
Hucknall Library Saturday 29 July 1.30 – 3.30
West Bridgford Tuesday 1 August 10.00 – 12.00
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library Wednesday 2 August 10.00 – 12.00
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library Thursday 3 August 10.00 -12.00
Stapleford Library Thursday 3 August 2.00 – 4.00
Retford Library Friday 4 August 10.30 -12.30
Newark Library Monday 7 August 1.00 – 3.00
Southwell Library Wednesday 9 August 10.30-12.30
Worksop Library Saturday 12 August 10.00 – 12.00
Mansfield Central Library Thursday 17 August 1.00 – 3.00
Arnold Library Wednesday 23 August 10.30-12.30
Beeston Library Friday 25 August 10.00 – 12.00
Summer Family Theatre in Nottinghamshire libraries
The mysterious Word Catcher will be sneaking into libraries this summer. Luckily our hero Sylvia South is on hand to investigate the mysterious goings on at her local library. Inspire continues to provide exciting family theatre in libraries with this tour of a brand-new play Sylvia South and the Word Catcher.
• The Spark Arts for Children presents: Sylvia South and the Word Catcher
by Finegan Krukemeyer
Monday 7 August
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, 10.30am (01623 556 296)
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library, 3.30pm (01623 753 236)
Wednesday 9 August
Beeston Library, 10.30am (07432 063 933 – Beeston temporary library)
Arnold Library, 4pm (0115 920 2247)
Thursday 10 August
Newark Library, 10.30am (01636 703 966)
Bingham Library, 3.30pm (01949 837 905)
Friday 11 August
Worksop Library, 10.30am (01909 53 53 53)
Retford Library, 3.30pm (01777 708 724)
Saturday 12 August
Mansfield Central Library, 10.30am (01623 651 337)
Hucknall Library, 4pm (0115 963 2035)
Sunday 13 August
Southwell Library, 10.30am (01636 812 148)
West Bridgford Library, 3.30pm (0115 981 6506)
Library members: £3 Child | Accompanying adults FREE
Non-library members: £5 Child or Adult
There are stories you find when you open a book. And there are others…that wait to find you. After spotting something outrageous at her local library, Sylvia South is off on an adventure, navigating street on a borrowed bicycle to chase a strange man with an armful of other people’s books. Brand new family theatre for children aged 5+ touring Inspire libraries this summer. Booking advised