Ready, Set, Read!

Our much-loved yearly Summer Reading Challenge is available in all Reading Libraries from the end of this week (8 July).

The library service is calling for children aged 4 to 11 to sign up to read six books this summer as part of the exciting sporty and games-themed ‘Ready, Set, Read!’ Summer Reading Challenge 2023, delivered in partnership with national children's charity the Youth Sport Trust.

The free reading challenge aims to get more children reading over the summer period – a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip. The challenge offers a fun way for children to rediscover and re-engage with their local library and catch up on their reading skills.

Children are challenged to borrow and read at least six books over the holidays and are rewarded for each book read. This year every child receives a folder, stickers, bookmark, certificate, and medal. They also all receive a free book on their second visit.

Reading Librarian Craig tells us all about it here:

To take part in the library challenge and receive a collector folder and stickers, families can drop in to pick up a starter pack at their local library branch. Pick up a fun pack and follow Sophia’s obstacle course with the team. Hidden along the obstacle course are six golden books. Each time the team complete an obstacle, they will collect a golden book – and to cross the finish line, you’ll need to collect all six.

Anyone who is not a member can join the library instantly at and also borrow books online. The latest details and full opening times can always be found at:

Children can also join in the fun online, here on the official challenge website:

Young volunteers needed

Reading Library Service is also still looking for young people aged 14 to 18 who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Tasks will include talking with and listening to younger children about the books they have been reading and suggesting other things they may like to read. The aim would also be to help the children and their parents or carers to understand how the Summer Reading Challenge works, handing out rewards and supporting with events and craft activities.

The library will provide training, supervision and support and it is a great opportunity to develop new skills and experience for the future as well as gain work experience for CVs.

The closing date for applications is Friday 21 July 2023. For more information and to apply visit: for more information and to apply.

Last updated on 03/07/2023