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Sandwell children ‘challenged’ to celebrate science and innovation in summer reading campaign

Published 7th July 2022

Sandwell children are being encouraged to sign up for free at their local library and collect special stickers and wallet as part of this year’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children into their local libraries and inspires them to read for pleasure.

The theme for this year’s Challenge – supported by Sandwell Libraries and the Reading Agency, in partnership with the Science Museum Group – is ‘gadgeteers’. Gadgeteers celebrate science and innovation, including STEM-based learning and activities.

As children visit their libraries during the holidays they can collect special stickers, and at the end of the Challenge they will receive a special medal and certificate.

This year children can choose to read as many books as they feel confident to do, and every child who visits Sandwell Libraries three times during the holidays will qualify for a completion certificate.

Sandwell Libraries staff will be available to support children in selecting books from a wide range of titles. This year reading or listening to eBook or eAudio titles on Borrowbox will also count towards the Challenge.

For children under the age of four, Sandwell Libraries will be running a ‘mini-challenge’ alongside the current Sandy Bear Challenge, and youngsters will receive stickers for visiting and taking part in family activities.

There is a digital platform too, so the fun can carry on at home.

Find out more about how children can take part in the Challenge (the text takes you to a web link).

Sandwell Libraries will be running a wide range of activities throughout the summer, including author events, science-based workshops, story times for the Sandy Bear challenge as well as Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games-themed sessions and art competition.

Find out more about Sandwell Libraries (the text takes you to a web link).

Councillor Laura Rollins, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they do not have regular access to books and opportunities to read for pleasure.

“The Summer Reading Challenge will keep Sandwell children reading over the summer, ready for their return to school in the autumn, supporting the successful transition between year groups and stages.

“The Challenge encourages children to become more independent in their reading.”

The Summer Reading Challenge launches nationally on Saturday, 9 July, and on that day West Bromwich Central Library will be hosting the Sandwell launch between 1pm-2pm with a special interactive story time.