Children invited to join Space Chase at Rotherham Libraries

Published Monday, 8th July 2019
Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge
Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge

Rotherham Libraries are calling for children to sign up and read six books this summer as part of the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge.

This year's theme of the challenge is 'Space Chase', inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children aged 4 – 11 years 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.

Space Chase launches in libraries across Rotherham on Friday 12 July at Swinton Library with the amazing Wonderdome Mobile Planetarium Show. Wonderdome’s mission is to “inspire and educate about space and astronomy through exciting, interactive space shows”. School children from local primary schools will be invited to experience the immersive shows and selected performances will be open to the wider public, including Saturday 20 July. Swinton Library will also be partnering with the local astronomy society and enthusiasts to stage a Space exhibition in their mini museum area. 

In addition there’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Rotherham Libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including rocket building, alien mask making, creating a blast off board game, space waste junk modelling, galactic gloop slime making and much more! 

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.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities, Cllr Sarah Allen said: “We’re really pleased to host the Summer Reading Challenge once again at Rotherham Libraries. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to get involved in a project where they can be inspired and get creative. The Challenge really helps to support the Council’s priority to ensure that children get the best start in life, by supporting children to reach their potential and gain lots of new skills.

“We look forward to welcoming children who take part and guarantee they will have lots of fun.”

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