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Science-themed reading challenge for children at Derbyshire libraries

Published: 27 June 2022

Children in Derbyshire are being urged to get ready for the Gadgeteers to arrive in our libraries this summer and discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around them.


The Summer Reading Challenge is developed by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with libraries.

It is designed to ensure that primary school children’s reading doesn’t ‘dip’ over the summer, as well as providing much-needed entertainment. This year’s challenge, created in conjunction with The Science Museum Group, sees a special science-themed challenge to inspire children’s imaginations.

Youngsters can buddy up with the Gadgeteer characters and read or listen to any 6 library books over the summer holidays and be rewarded every step of the way with stickers, culminating with the award of a medal and certificate.

Derbyshire libraries will be hosting a variety of events to entertain children over the summer holidays, including the magic of dry ice, fingerprints, analysis of evidence workshops, science magic shows and many science-related crafts to inspire children to discover more about the world around them. You can book a place, free of charge, on Eventbrite.

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

“It’s vitally important that children keep up their reading skills over the long summer break and the Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way to do that. It also introduces them to all that our libraries have to offer them.

“Encouraging children to read independently and helping them to develop a love of reading and books has huge benefits for their development and educational achievement.”

The challenge launches on Saturday 9 July 2022, with a special launch day at Belper Library on 16 July 2022, packed full of activities from coding, electro-dough, science crafts and inventions.

The challenge is free to join and runs until 3 September 2022.

Visit your local library or read about the summer reading challenge to find out more.