Children invited to join Space Chase at Salford libraries

11th July 2019

Salford libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

What’s more, as a special incentive this year, any child joining the Summer Reading Challenge will also receive a special wristband that entitles them to half price swimming at any Salford Community Leisure pool over the summer holidays! On top of that, any child who completes the Challenge and returns all 6 books will receive a free Family Swimming Voucher, valid up to 31st October!

Finally, the Salford school with the highest percentage of children who finish the Summer Reading Challenge will get a prize of books for their school library!

To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Space Chase launches in libraries across Salford on 13th July and runs until 21st September.

There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Salford libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including Space Books, Virtual Reality and Doddlebots!  Just go to to find out how to take part.

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said, “At The Reading Agency, we tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the Challenge for twenty years this year. The space theme has been chosen to coincide with the 5Oth anniversary of the first moon landing. Last summer, children worked with illustrator Adam Stower to come up with ideas for the Space Chase adventure, and we hope the Challenge will inspire all children to use their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond."

Naomi Lewis, Libraries & Heritage Development Manager for Children, Families and Schools, said, “Last year’s Summer Reading Challenge was a huge success, with nearly 2000 children joining up to read 6 books, and taking part in our libraries’ activities. This summer, we have just as much going on, with half price swimming and local activities across the city, as well as fantastic science and arts workshops and performances as part of our Salford Libraries Live programme. Come and join in!”


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