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Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Written by on 26th July 2019

Libraries across Rhondda Cynon Taf are once again joining forces to launch the Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

Youngsters are being encouraged to take a leaf out of their parents and guardians books, and go along to their nearest library to pick up a book during the school holiday – there are thousands to choose from!.

The aim is for 4-to-11 year-olds to read six books as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge during the school holidays – a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.

 Activities are taking place at libraries across the County Borough to encourage young people to read more during this time.

Councillor Rhys Lewis, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-Being and Cultural Services, with responsibility for Libraries, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is an important and enjoyable initiative which runs throughout the school holidays at libraries across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

“It not only encourages our young people to pick up a book during a time when they may not necessarily do so, especially when the sun is shining and they would rather be doing other things, but the Summer Reading Challenge is also a great way to introduce young people into our libraries and broaden their imagination.”

This year’s theme is Space Chase and young readers are urged to sign up to the FREE Summer Reading Challenge at their local library today – all they need to do is complete six library books of their choice in order to collect some exclusive rewards along the way.

Prepare for lift off as young readers travel across the galaxy on a very special reading mission during the school holidays, where they will meet The Rockets, a super-cool family who live on a satellite station in space.

They love spending time at their local library on the Moon until all of a sudden, the books have started to disappear from the Moon Library, and soon there won’t be any left.

A mysterious ship has been spotted on the radar – could these naughty aliens be behind the trouble at Moon Library?

The Rockets are going on a very important mission to save the missing books from these alien bandits, and they need the help of young book readers in Rhondda Cynon Taf!

Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 and join the Rockets on a chase through space to find the aliens and save Moon Library.

All you need to do is take the children along to their local library, where they will be given a Space Chase Mission Folder to keep a record of their reading journey. 

As children read at least six books over the summer holidays, they will collect stickers to add to the folder.

Collect all the stickers to find the aliens, save the missing books and complete the Summer Reading Challenge!

There is a whole host of fun events and activities planned at Rhondda Cynon Taf libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. Just contact your local library to find out how to take part.

The annual launch of the Summer Reading Challenge in Rhondda Cynon Taf takes place at Pontypridd Library on Thursday, July 25 (2-4pm).

Based on the Space Chase theme, attractions include Glitter Tattoos, Crafts, Games, Photo Booth, Treasure Hunt and a Storyteller. This FREE event is suitable for children aged five years and over. Children under eight years must be accompanied by a parent/carer.

More than 850 young local people between the ages of four and 11 took part in last year’s Summer Reading Challenge, reading more than 19,000 books between them.

Do you want to be in the Space Chase this summer? Pop along to your nearest library branch in Rhondda Cynon Taf and sign up to the FREE 2019 Summer Reading Challenge