Something for Everyone this Summer at your Local Library

Children bored at home already with the summer holidays stretching ahead? Fear not, pop along to the library this summer to keep your children entertained.

Whether it is taking part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, creating artwork and reviews relating to favourite books as part of the ImagiNation project, joining in with Toddler Tales or simply choosing books and audio books to fill long journeys or quiet days.

“There’s something for everyone this summer,” said Fiona Hill, Deputy Cabinet Member for Libraries. “The fantastic range of activities available at local libraries will ignite imaginations and promote reading as an enjoyable way to spend the summer holidays.”

Summer Reading Challenge

So far more than 15,000 children in Hertfordshire have signed up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, but children can still join in. This year’s Challenge has a Record Breakers theme; young readers are encouraged to discover weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world.

Children are challenged to read six books over the summer and are rewarded with stickers for their Record Breakers packs when they visit the library to talk about the books they’ve read. Children who have completed the challenge will be invited to a special awards ceremony, where they will receive a certificate and a medal. They will also be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win a ‘Golden Ticket’ for an exclusive author event.   (The Challenge ends on Saturday 5th September.)


The ImagiNation project is a summer reading and arts activity aimed at young people aged 11-18 years, running in 10 library authorities across the East of England, including Hertfordshire.

ImagiNation is about reading for pleasure and making art inspired by books; young people can join in by posting their artistic creations inspired by their favourite reads to the project’s blog: . They can paint a picture, take a photo, write a poem or review or even compose some music.   

Toddler Tales

Those with pre-schoolers can still attend the weekly Toddler Tales at their local libraries, where their children will enjoy a story or two interspersed by singing rhymes and craft activities. A new video has been created to demonstrate the fun young ones can have at Toddler Tales.

Members of the Bookstart Bear club will be able to collect double pawprints in their passbooks for their visits during August, including when they visit Toddler Tales. Other regular events such as Baby Rhyme Time and Weekend Stories will continue to run throughout the summer.

More information on what’s on at the library can be found at:

Source: Hertfordshire County Council.

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