Summer Reading Challenge 2022

This year's Challenge is: Gadgeteers

For the Summer Reading Challenge this year, the Reading Agency have teamed up with the Science Museum to inspire children across the country with a challenge focused on science and innovation.

Lots of people have signed up already, but it's not too late to join.

Everyone aged 4 to 11 can take part.

For more info ask in your local library, or see the Reading Agency

Summer Activities for Children

These are the fun activities which we are running during the summer holidays:

Highgate Library

Every Wednesday, 10.30am - Rhyme time

Wednesday 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st August, 11am - craft: making paper planes

Thursday 18th and 25th August and 1st September, 10-11.30am - Toy Library

Every Thursday, 4.30-5.30pm - Chess club

Every Saturday, 1-3pm - games console

Details of Highgate Library 

Holborn Library 

Every Friday , 11am to 12 noon - arts and crafts

Details of Holborn Library

Kentish Town Library

Tuesday 9 August, 11am - craft: create a ceramic hand dish and design your own mehndi pattern

Tuesday 16 August, 11.30am and 12.30pm - meet Varsha Shah, author of Ajay and the Mumbai Sun

Tuesday 23 August, poetry session: get creative with words at a Gadgeteers poetry workshop

Tuesday 30 August, craft: make a colourful dream catcher

Details of Kentish Town Library

Kilburn Library 

Every Wednesday, 2pm - story time

Every Thursday, 11am - story time

Details of Kilburn Library

Pancras Square Library

Every Monday, 3pm - craft activities

Every Tuesday, 11am - craft activities

Every Thursday, 11am - story time

Saturday 13th August, 2-3.45pm - Maths on Toast

Details of Pancras Square Library

Queens Crescent Library

Every Monday, 10.30am - rhyme time

Every Monday, 1pm - story-telling in different languages, and craft session

Every Wednesday, 3pm - craft activities

Tuesday 16 August, 2pm - meet Varsha Shah, author of Ajay and the Mumbai Sun

Wednesday 17 August - South Asian Heritage Day: henna hand painting, food samples, sari draping, traditional jewellery and drumming. 

Details of Queens Crescent Library 

Swiss Cottage Library

Every Monday, 10.30am - rhyme time

Every Wednesday, 3pm - craft activities / storytelling

Every Friday, 10.30am - story time

Details of Swiss Cottage Library

West Hampstead Library

Every Thursday, 3pm - robot-making

Every Friday, 3pm - junior coding club

Every Saturday, 3pm - arts and crafts

Details of West Hampstead Library

More info - mainly for grown-ups

The Summer Reading Challenge - is about getting children to read for pleasure.   There are lots of reasons why reading for pleasure is a good thing:

  • reading for fun improves literacy
  • getting children to love reading can help their well-being later in life
  • reading for pleasure helps children succeed at school
  • those who read for pleasure have more empathy, greater self-esteem and are better able to cope with difficult situations in life

For more information about the benefits of the Reading Challenge and how to help your kids take part, go to the Reading Agency website.

Summer Reading Challenge 2020