Busy summer planned for our libraries

11 July 2017

Children and families can enjoy more than 80 free events in our libraries this July, August and September 2017.


Activities for youngsters include making badges, creating disguises, songs and stories, making masks, animal crafts, cracking codes and learning how to be a secret agent. There are also activity trails, puzzle solving and rhyme times.

Sessions for adults include crafts, computers, money help and careers advice.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, said:

"Creating a love of books in children will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives, for both education and pleasure. Our librarians have once again come up with some brilliant and exciting activities that will help Derbyshire children get into reading.

"And as important community resources, our libraries are also putting on events to help adults improve their skills, learn something new or get advice and support."

The events are free but some have to be booked in advance. Some are for all family members and some aimed at just children, just adults or at specific age groups.

Some of the events are part of our annual Summer Reading Challenge, starting on Saturday 15 July, and running until Saturday 9 September 2017 at libraries across Derbyshire. Children don't have to sign up to the reading challenge before they can join the fun and take part in the events.

The challenge officially begins at 10am on Saturday 15 July with a family fun day at Chesterfield library. To join the challenge children can sign up at any Derbyshire library. All youngsters have to do is read six library books of their choice and collect the special stickers as they go. When they have read six books they get a medal and certificate to celebrate their achievement.

To find out about events contact your local library or find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge.

It's free to join the library and children can join from birth.