Banbury part of reading challenge launch

Banbury was part of the launch of this year’s free summer reading challenge by Oxfordshire County Council’s libraries.

Get to the library and sign up your children for the summer reading challenge
Get to the library and sign up your children for the summer reading challenge

The Reading Agency’s challenge is celebrating science and innovation and will see children team up with the Gadgeteers, a group of friends who love creating inventions. Children will be able to take part in various activities and events related to the challenge.

The challenge launched on Saturday and will run until Saturday, September 10.

Cllr Jenny Hannaby, the county council’s cabinet member for community services and safety, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for children to enjoy some great books over the summer period and experience what our libraries across the county have to offer. Reading can have a tremendous impact on a child's development, and I hope this helps children across the county discover and pursue their love of reading.”

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    By reading books and collecting stickers and other rewards, children can discover how the Gadgeteers use their skills to plan an epic summer party at their community centre.

    Once they have completed the challenge, participants will receive their own Gadgeteers certificate and medal and get entered into a countywide draw. Prizes include science kits and national book tokens.

    To join in this year's summer reading challenge, children can sign up at their nearest library. They will be given a collector’s poster to keep a record of their reading journey.

    Under-fours can take part in a mini-challenge with their own card and stickers.

    To find out more about the event, visit: oxfordshire.gov.uk/summer-reading-challenge