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This Year's Summer Reading Challenge At Derbyshire Libraries Goes Digital

Published on Wednesday 3 June 2020

Derbyshire County Council libraries are supporting this year’s summer reading challenge which is going digital – with events and activities happening online.


Children are invited to join the ‘Silly Squad’ – this year’s theme – and sign up to the national Silly Squad website where there will be lots of information, quizzes, resources and book suggestions for them to enjoy.

The challenge will run from June to September, launching with a week of activity from Monday 1 June, with the official launch on 5 June.

Locally Derbyshire County Council’s libraries will be joining the fun throughout the summer by offering online story times, mini book reviews and recommendations, a forum for sharing ideas and suggestions about books and a regular craft activity. 

The Silly Squad is a group of madcap animals looking for fun and the aim is to encourage children and their families to have fun too, get silly and read anything that makes them happy – whether that’s a comic, joke book, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, in digital or print format, from e-book lending through Derbyshire libraries online or reading books they already have at home.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Barry Lewis, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge has always been a fantastic way to ensure children keep up their reading skills over the long summer holiday. As many children have been unable to go to school in the last few months this is more important than ever. And parents who are home-schooling their youngsters will welcome the Summer Reading Challenge as another way to motivate them.

“Encouraging children to read independently and to read more has huge benefits for their development and educational achievement.”

Find more information and the programme of activities on Derbyshire Libraries Facebook or Twitter or visit the Derbyshire libraries website www.derbyshire.gov.uk/summerreadingchallenge

Join the Silly Squad by visiting www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

Children who aren’t library members already can sign up online with the help of a parent / guardian. A member of staff will then be in touch with their library card number so that children can borrow eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks.




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