Information in press releases is correct at publish date but may now be out of date.

It’s nearly time for this year’s Summer Reading challenge!


Gloucestershire Libraries will be holding events throughout this summer with craft activities, special guest characters and lots of other fun things for children to get involved in.


Every year, our libraries work with The Reading Agency to encourage children of school age, to read over the summer holidays.

To mark its 80th Anniversary, Beano is the theme for the Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge 2018, which begins on Saturday 14th July and runs until Saturday 8th September.

Beano, designed for 6 to12 year olds, is a world full of cheeky, naughty energy where kids can be themselves, have fun and live in the moment.

To take part in the reading challenge, children will need to sign up at their local library, then read at least six library books of their choice, collecting special stickers and other free incentives along the way.

Jane Everiss, Head of Libraries said, “We’re really excited about the events we have planned across our libraries this summer. There will be lots of fun activities happening with free giveaways for young people taking part in the reading challenge.”

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for Libraries said: “The summer reading challenge is a great way to encourage young people to keep up with their reading skills over the summer. 

‘It makes reading fun and can improve children’s reading range, motivation and confidence.”

“Last year was a huge success with nearly 10,000 children and young people in Gloucestershire taking part in the challenge. I hope children will love this year’s theme of the classic comic, Beano.”

For more information and a full programme of events please visit:

Children can also find ideas for their next read, and play interactive games at:

Stay in touch and keep up to date with the latest local library news, events and offers on Twitter @Gloslibs, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, or sign up to the monthly eNewsletter at:




Help us improve Gloucestershire County Council

Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.