Digital Summer at Oxfordshire Libraries will be out of this world

There’s a host of free activities at Oxfordshire County Council libraries this summer which are out of this world.

As part of a packed Digital Summer, children aged between 8 and 13 can earn a selection of cool badges for taking part in a variety of projects – from building robots to making banana pianos.

The digital-making activities are a continuation of the space theme which has taken over the county’s 43 libraries as we celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the moon landings.

From August 19-31, young creators can work on badges including Robot Engineer, Scratch Coder, Kitten Rescuer, Microbit Star, Web Hero and the Maker Pioneer badge for those who teach someone else.


Have fun building robots and gadgets, making circuits and banana pianos at the following libraries:

  • Oxfordshire County Library, Monday 19, Friday 23, Wednesday 28 and Friday 30, 2-4pm
  • Bicester Library, Tuesday 20, 2-4pm
  • Henley Library, Thursday 22, 2-4pm
  • Wallingford Library, Thursday 22, 2-3.30pm
  • Burford Library, Wednesday 28, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Wychwood Library, Wednesday 28, 2-4pm
  • Witney Library, Thursday 29, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Bampton Library, Thursday 29, 2-4pm
  • Thame Library, Thursday 29, 2-4pm
  • North Leigh Library, Friday 30, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Carterton Library, Friday 30, 2-4pm


Control hardware with the Raspberry Pi computer and micro:bit.

  • Oxfordshire County Library, Saturday 31, 2-4pm


Learn the basics of designing a 3D object and see the 3D printer in action.

  • Oxfordshire County Library, Thursday 22 and 29, 2-4pm


Get creative making a text adventure game with interactive fiction software.

  • Witney Library, Monday 12, 2-4pm
  • Oxfordshire County Library, Tuesday 20 and 27, 2-4pm
  • Abingdon Library, Monday 19, 11am-12.30pm

All the county’s libraries are also offering a range of self-supported activities for young people to take part in independently and earn digital badges. They can also get to grips with micro:bits, an amazing tiny computer in your hand.

Librarian Mark Sutcliffe, who is co-ordinating Digital Summer, said: “We have a lot more library locations on board this year and it is great to be doing something that reflects our space theme.

“The aim is for children to learn some fun digital making skills by following step-by-step projects, earning digital badges in the process to inspire them.”

Youngsters are also encouraged to join in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and join the Space Chase to read six books. For more details click here

To book on to Digital Summer events, click here