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KCC’s Libraries Service - Summer Reading Challenge is Back

By Staplehurst Parish Council Staplehurst Parish Council

Wednesday, 10 June 2020


Staplehurst Parish Council Contributor


The popular annual Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 4-11 is under way once more through KCC’s libraries service – despite the library buildings themselves being currently closed.

This year’s theme is “Silly Squad” which is all about funny books, happiness and things that make us laugh. Children taking part in the challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into many different kinds of funny books.

Children's reading can dip during the long summer holidays if they do not have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure, and the annual Summer Reading Challenge is intended to address this.

Usually children visit their local library to register and collect a wallet, stickers and other rewards as they progress through the challenge, reading a total of six books.

However, with the disruption caused by COVID-19 causing public libraries to be currently closed, the 2020 Challenge will work in a different way. For the first time in Kent, it is going to be a digital-only activity to keep children reading and support parents and carers with children already at home.

Silly Squad launched on 5th June with a special day of curated virtual events on the Summer Reading Challenge’s Facebook page. It includes special super silly readings, family activities and draw-a-longs from guest celebrities and authors. The challenge then runs through the summer until the end of September.

The digital challenge will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in reading related activities at home.

Children can choose their own reading goals, create book reviews, play games and collect virtual rewards. Parents and guardians can register their children online at www.sillysquad.org.uk via the safe, sign-up process.

Although library buildings are closed, Kent Libraries will continue to deliver the Challenge by promoting it to families, and e-Books and e-Audio books are free to borrow from www.kent.gov.uk/libraries with titles for children as well as adults. eBooks and eAudio are automatically returned so you do not have to keep an eye on the due date.

There will also be weekly virtual Silly Squad-themed creative craft challenges during the Challenge – check here www.facebook.com/KentLibrariesArchives

Find out more about the Challenge at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk.

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