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There’s still time to join the Silly Squad with Gloucestershire Libraries!


The Summer Reading Challenge is well underway this year but there is still plenty of time for children in Gloucestershire to sign up.


‘Silly Squad’ is a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter featuring a team of mad-cap animals who love to make people laugh. But be warned: a mysterious baddy is hoping to spoil their fun!

Children have until 5 September to complete the challenge by reading as many books as they would like (although the recommendation remains at six books) and you can sign up here:

In Gloucestershire, the Challenge launched on 13 July with a weekly online programme of activities to keep children busy at home throughout the summer holidays.

Each week there are videos of storytimes and craft sessions produced by library staff and local performers to watch on YouTube as well as other online resources and things to do. Gloucestershire Libraries has also joined forces with 12 other south west library authorities to bring digital events to children and families across the region this summer.

For more information on the weekly programmes, which run until 28 August, visit:

The programme of virtual events reflects the summer activities the library service would normally offer during the summer holidays, but in a new digital format.

Cllr Dave Norman, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for libraries, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to encourage young people to keep up with their reading skills and has always been a popular event in Gloucestershire.

“The challenge makes reading fun and can improve children’s reading range, motivation and confidence. There are many online activities available and packs that can be collected from libraries so I would encourage everyone to sign up to the challenge if they haven’t already.”

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