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Arriving in your local library and online this summer, The Reading Agency and Oldham Libraries are hosting the Summer Reading Challenge which is taking place at all libraries in Oldham and Gallery Oldham from Saturday 15 July until Saturday 16 September.

The Summer Reading Challenge is an educational competition held annually in the UK by The Reading Agency. It first began in 1999 with the intention of encouraging primary school children to read books during the summer holiday. This year, Oldham Athletic are supporting Oldham Libraries to encourage good reading habits for young people across the town. 

The challenge, aimed at children aged 4 to 11 years, is to read six or more library books over the summer or to challenge your own personal reading goal.

There are stickers and rewards to collect and children who complete the challenge receive a medal and a certificate. Children taking part online earn digital badges and other online rewards with a certificate to download at the end of the challenge.

You can sign up to the reading challenge now by clicking HERE

On Saturday the 15th July, Chaddy the owl visited Gallary Oldham for the launch event where over 2000 people visited the library in one day in anticpation for this years summer reading challenge.

We have also gifted 150 Oldham Athletic tickets to the challenege this summer. To find out how you can win these, check our Oldham Library Services Facebook page! 

All children who complete the challenge will be entered into a free prize draw to win a Kindle Fire.

Children who take part:

  • are more enthusiastic about reading
  • maintain their reading level over the holidays
  • return to schools keen and ready to learn
  • boost their confidence and self-esteem.

Every book they read will take them to the next level on their way to becoming a reading champion. Reading eBooks or listening to eAudiobooks on BorrowBox which you can access for free, also counts towards the challenge.

Numerous events will be hosted across Oldham all summer and you can sign up for all these events using Eventbrite HERE

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