Animal Agents – Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Libraries in Plymouth are inviting children to sign up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and help the Animal Agents solve a mystery.

From Saturday 15 July, children can visit their local library and register for free. Every child who signs up will be given a special collector folder to keep track of their challenge reading journey.

Children are asked to read six books over the holiday and tell library staff about them. They can be any books they like – novels, fact books, joke books, eBooks and audiobooks all count, just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

Along the way there are special cards to collect that make up a set to complete their folder. There are also prizes and every child who completes the challenge will be presented with a medal at their library and a certificate during their school assembly.

It’s free to join and libraries want to make sure that everyone who wants to take part is given the opportunity. If it’s been a while since your children visited or they have outstanding books or fines, go along to your local library who will be able to help.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture said “The Summer Reading Challenge is always popular – over 4,200 took part last year. It’s a great way to get children reading during the summer holiday and help build and maintain their reading skills and confidence.”

Libraries will be hosting free activities throughout the summer including stories, crafts, films and coding. Visit our Summer Reading Challenge pages to find out more.

They are also joining up with CATERed for ‘Lunch at the Library’ events every Wednesday in August at Devonport Library, St Budeaux Library and a pop-up library in Whitleigh. Activities will include storytelling, crafts, digital making and more, with CATERed providing a free lunch.

On days you can’t get to the library, there’s lots for children to discover on the Summer Reading Challenge website, where they can also keep a record of their challenge.