Published: Monday, 1st July 2019

Young aspiring astronauts are invited to take part in a Summer Reading Challenge that is truly out of this world.

This year’s challenge is inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent 21 hours collecting data and exploring the moon.

Children aged four to 12 are encouraged to follow in their footsteps and work with super space family, The Rockets, on their mission to retrieve missing library books from alien bandits.

The Space Chase is about to begin, the assignment is to read six books, or more, over the summer months.

Earn special rewards and colourful stickers to add to your collector’s folder with each book you read. The Space Chase will feature bespoke artwork by Adam Stower, children’s author and illustrator of Grumbug, King Coo, Troll and the Oliver and many more.

Once all the stickers have been collected, space heroes and heroines will receive a certificate and medal. To accept the challenge simply visit your local library to register.

Young people aged 13 to 16 are being encouraged to sign up for the Teen Reading Challenge for a chance to win a year’s gym membership, new books or a surprise gift. To sign up, visit a local library to collect a challenge card. Collect a stamp each time you finish a book. Once six books have been read the challenge is complete. Hand your full card back to your library to be entered into the prize draw.

Residents over 16 have the opportunity to win tickets to pantomimes, family tickets to Upnor or Rochester castles and new books for the shelf at home. By taking part in the Rewarding Reading Challenge and reading six books, adults too can get involved with Medway Libraries this summer.

Libraries are at the heart of our local communities

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “More than 3,600 residents took part in the Summer Reading Challenge last year, over 3,000 of them young readers. With a wide range of activities taking place at our libraries this summer we hope even more people get involved. Our libraries not only help residents foster a love for reading but they are also at the heart of local communities and provide a place for groups to meet including reading and knitting clubs, baby bounce and rhyme and Lego club. We are looking forward to welcoming residents into our libraries and community hubs over the course of the summer and beyond.”

The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 takes place from Saturday, 13 July to Saturday, 14 September. A number of space-themed craft sessions will also be held throughout the summer.  For more information visit one of Medway’s 15 libraries.

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