Every year - Covid permitting - children in Hertfordshire are invited to join in with the Summer Reading Challenge.
Over the summer holidays children (mainly primary school age) read 6 books and receive special rewards every time they finished a book. Every child who completed the challenge also received a medal and a certificate. It is a key activity for the library as it helps with visitor figures and issues.
The annual event is designed to encourage children to read throughout the summer and to talk about what they have read with a library volunteer. They register for the Challenge, which is advertised in all local schools, at any time from mid-July and read six books over the ensuing weeks. They have complete freedom about the books they choose and when they have read and talked about two books they receive stickers to go in specially commissioned booklets.
These are the Summer reading Challenges from recent years:
‘Animal Agents’ was the theme for 2017 and there were quizzes and activities as part of the Challenge.
The Summer Reading Challenge at Wheathampstead was very successful and much enjoyed by the volunteers as well as the children. 88 children completed from our Library and were presented with certificates on 14th, 15th, 16th and 19th September during library sessions.