Join in The Summer Reading Challenge 2023, Ready, Set, Read! At Oxfordshire libraries this summer

Over 1.5 million visits were made to Oxfordshire libraries in the past year, and with the summer holidays coming up, it’s a great time for families to come and join in the fun at one of the county’s 44 libraries.

 The Summer Reading Challenge 2023, Ready, Set, Read! aims to keep minds and bodies active over the summer break, empowering young people to forge new connections with others and unleash the power of play, sport and physical activity through reading. It is produced by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust.

The free challenge launches on 8 July and runs until 9 September 2023.

 Councillor Jenny Hannaby, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and Safety said: “In the last year, our libraries have hosted a record number of classes, activities and events with over 8,000 held and over 133 thousand people attending. 

“The Summer Reading Challenge is always one of our most popular activities for young people. Not only is it a great, free way to keep children entertained during the long summer holidays, but it could also help pave the way for a lifelong love of reading.”

 Children can sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a poster to record their reading journey. They can read any library books of their choice and win rewards including stickers and a medal. Libraries will be running lots of activities and events related to the challenge.

 Under fours can also take part in a mini challenge with a special card and stickers.

To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit oxfordshire.gov.uk/summer-reading-challenge.

Oxfordshire County Council’s libraries service hosts activities and events throughout the county for people of all ages, find out what’s on by going to oxfordshire.gov.uk/libraries.