Our friends at the library have written this fantastic blog for us to tell you all about the Summer Reading Challenge and what's on offer for families and young people this summer!
There’s lots happening for children and young people at the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library this summer and as the holidays approach, we’re excited to celebrate the return of the Summer Reading Challenge. Presented by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with public libraries, the challenge is aimed at children aged 4 to 11 and seeks to encourage them to read for pleasure over the six-week break in a fun and accessible way, to ensure that their reading levels don’t dip while they’re away from school. There is also a mini-challenge for under 4s.
The theme for this year’s challenge- Gadgeteers- was created in partnership with the Science Museum Group and, with its STEM focus, seeks to merge science and reading to spark children’s curiosity about the world around them. To participate children can sign up at their local Norfolk Library where they’ll receive a welcome pack introducing them to the challenge and all the characters involved. For every two library books they read, they’ll receive a set of smelly stickers and once they’ve read six books they’ll get a certificate and medal to congratulate them on their successful reading journey. Depending on location, there may even be a medal ceremony for them to attend! It’s absolutely free to take part, so make sure you sign up your young readers as soon as the holidays start. If you need any more convincing on what makes the Summer Reading Challenge so great, why not watch our special introductory video on YouTube?
Alongside the Summer Reading Challenge, Libraries across Norfolk will be hosting a variety of fun events and activity sessions. Individual details of these can be found here. Many of them will require booking, so have a look online or drop into your nearest branch to find out more.
Here at the Millennium Library in the Forum, we have our own jam-packed programme of special events, from stop-motion video making and coding robots, to virtual reality headsets and creative writing workshops. Our range of activities means there’s something for all ages; spaces to attend these will be limited, so pop into see us and book a place for your child to attend, or have a look online here.
Our usual children’s sessions will also continue to take place over the summer including our weekly Bounce and Rhyme sessions for under 5s. On Tuesdays from 2-2.30pm we have Babytime session, and on Thursday and Friday mornings (both 10.30-11am) we have our Toddlertime and Storytime sessions suitable for toddlers and preschoolers respectively. In September our regular weekly Lego and Code club sessions will return, so keep an eye on our events page for those too.
For Norwich Pride weekend, on Saturday 30 July we’re hosting a Pride Bounce and Rhyme in the Early Year's library at 10am, following by a Pride Storytime for older children at 11.30am. These are both free to attend with no booking required, so do drop in and celebrate the importance and brilliance of acceptance and inclusion with us.
We don’t just have things on offer to children and families - there’s plenty to keep adults busy this summer too and you can find full listings on our website of everything taking place at the Millennium Library.
Joining the library is absolutely free and we really encourage families to sign up to gain access to a variety of wonderful books and resources for all ages- you can even sign up online.
The Summer Reading Challenge is supported by Norwich Science Festival and The Forum, enabling them to provide more fun and free activities for children around the county.
Illustrations by Julian Beresford 2022