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Summer Reading Challenge 2022 off to flying start

Over 2,500 children are already taking part and there's still plenty of time to join in!

Posted by: Communications team on 09 August 2022 11:34
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The Summer Reading Challenge 2022 has got off to a fantastic start across the district. There are already over 2,500 children taking part and there's still plenty of time to join in!

Children aged 4-11 years can visit their local library to sign up and read up to six library books by 15 September. They are given a special poster when they join, then collect stickers for it as the read their books. There are certificates and medals for everyone who completes the challenge.

The theme of this year's challenge is 'Gadgeteers', a celebration of creative thinking and teamwork, which has been developed by national charity The Reading Agency in partnership with the Science Museum Group. Our young innovators will be introduced to many aspects of science engagement, including food, fashion, music, and sport - something for everyone to enjoy!

Councillor  Lynne Doherty, Leader of West Berkshire Council says, "It's an exciting challenge this year as The Reading Agency have teamed up with the Science Museum Group and it's a great opportunity to encourage children to explore science and innovation but also to get them reading throughout the summer holidays."

Anyone who can't get to a library can still take part in the Gadgeteers, Summer Reading Challenge online at, where there are games and quizzes and lots of suggestions for what to read next.

West Berkshire Libraries are also running a mini-challenge for pre-school children and one for grown-ups too.

For more information visit the West Berkshire Libraries website.

It is free to join and borrow books from West Berkshire Libraries for all people living, working, or studying in West Berkshire. Babies and young children can have their own library cards and borrow up to 15 books at a time. There are also audiobooks (on CD), e-books and e-audiobooks, all available to borrow for free. DVDs for children are available to hire. All details, including current library opening hours, can be found at

Last modified: 09 August 2022 11:40

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