Wylam Library is pleased to announce it will re-open at the Falcon Centre on Tuesday 4th July.

Guidepost Library is moving to new premises, The Cleasewell Hill Centre, Choppington from the 7th July 2017



What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

  • The Summer Reading Challenge is run by the charity The Reading Agency.
  • Every year there’s a different theme. This year’s theme is ‘The Big Friendly Read.  Libraries everywhere will be celebrating 100 years of the world’s greatest storyteller, Roald Dahl. The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 will feature some of Roald Dahl’s best-loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake.
  • The aim of the challenge is to get children to sign up at their local library and read six books during the summer holidays by visiting the library three times.
  • The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children 4 – 11 years. Children can sign up at any Northumberland Library. It is completely free to sign up.

Enrolling Your Child

  • Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge from 16 July until the 27 August.
  • The last date to complete the challenge is 10 September.
  • On joining, children will be given fun materials to get them started and additional incentives will be awarded as children progresses through the Challenge. Materials include stickers, bookmark, collector cards and rainbow glasses.
  • Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays but the Summer Reading Challenge helps children to keep up their reading skills and confidence.
  • Under 4's can take part too!  They will be given a 'Pre-School Card' and will have to collect six stickers.  On the back of the card there are activities that under 4's can do with their parents or carers.
  • Materials for Children with Visual Impairment are available.  Please ask at your local library for more information.

Activities in Libraries

There will be lots of activities taking place in libraries over the summer. Craft events include making fox masks, wobbly crocodiles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory door hangers and Mr Twit's beard. There will also be author and artist workshops, as part of the popular ‘Spellbound’ programme.

Visit our events calendar to find out what is happening. - Our Summer Reading Challenge events for July and August have been added! 

As well as events happening over the summer in lots of our libraries.  The following libraries will have drop-in colouring sheets and crafts available for children to do during their normal library opening hours:  Corbridge, Bellingham, Kielder, Heddon, Wylam, Ponteland, Amble, Alnwick, Guide Post. Seaton Valley and Bedlington Station.


What happens when my child has completed the Summer Reading Challenge?

  • Children who have completed the challenge will be invited to a special presentation in September and they will get a ‘gold’ medal and a special certificate.
  • All children who complete the challenge will also be entered into a prize draw to win chocolate heaven! Local chocolate makers’ ‘North Chocolate’ are sponsoring  a weekly bar of delicious luxury chocolate, for the lucky winner from October to December.
  • There will also be a school prize and that will be an Northern Children's Book Festival author visiting the winning school for a half day workshop. 

Visit the Summer Reading Challenge Website

The Summer Reading Challenge website allows your child to log the books they have read during the summer – and beyond. They can also find new books to read, recommended by other children, take part in competitions and play games.

Visit the website by clicking here: http://www.bigfriendlyread.org.uk      


Photos © Dale Cherry 2016 for The Reading Agency. With thanks to Crawley Library, West Sussex County Council