Take up the reading challenge

Neil McLaughlin on summer activities for children in Barnet’s libraries

Promotional poster for Marvellous Makers, Barnet Libraries' summer reading challenge

In collaboration with The Reading Agency, Barnet Libraries are excited to announce this year’s Summer Reading Challenge: Marvellous Makers!

Developed in partnership with ‘Create’, this year’s challenge aims to fire up children’s imaginations and unleash storytelling and creativity through the power of reading.  

From July to September, children participating in Marvellous Makers can discover amazing stories and explore their creativity by joining in with fun activities at the library.

Children aged 4 to 12 can sign up at any Barnet library from Saturday 6th July and throughout the summer holidays. They will need to borrow and read six books from the library to participate in the challenge. Children can read any books they like – from chapter books, comics or even information books. They can also read eBooks on the library Libby app or listen to eAudiobooks on the BorrowBox app.

During staffed opening times at the library, children can collect stickers on their reading journey. They will receive a special certificate and medal when they complete the challenge.

There is an exciting programme of events, kicking off with ‘Sign-Up Saturday’ at the RAF Museum, Hendon. Highlights over the summer include a visit from children’s author and illustrator Rob Biddulph, a comic book workshop with Beano and Marvel artist Kev F, The Pigeon and the Peacock puppet show and workshop, an activity to create a story with robots and lots of fun craft activities.

Sign up for the libraries’ newsletter for families for weekly updates on activities and events for children of all ages, www.barnet.gov.uk/librarynewsletters.

For more information about the challenge and other summer events, visit www.barnet.gov.uk/marvellousmakers

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