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Blast off with Space Chase in a library near you!


Libraries in Gloucestershire are excited to introduce Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019; an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.


Children taking part will help our super space family, The Rockets, as they track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens! As children read library books they will solve clues and collect special stickers for their colourful collector’s folder. Can they find the aliens in time to save the day?

The Challenge runs from 13 July to 7 September. Children can sign up to receive their free pack - they need to visit their library three times and borrow at least six books to complete the Challenge. Once completed they will receive a certificate and medal; look out for an alien game on your second visit!

Children who join in will also receive a passport to visit the Museum of Gloucester Moon exhibition and voucher to visit the Sphinx Trail Spy Challenge at the Soldiers of Gloucester Museum.

There will be a full programme of themed family events throughout July and August, from rocket launches to spaceship making. Find out what your library is doing by visiting Children can also find ideas for their next read and play interactive games at

Gloucestershire County Council’s head of libraries, Jane Everiss, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge attracted nearly 10,000 children to take part last year and we hope even more families will join in the activities this year. The Challenge stops the ‘dip’ in reading levels over the summer and children go back to school full of reading enthusiasm!”

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries, said: “We hope children will love this year’s theme of Space Chase and that families will engage with this important literacy initiative by taking their children to their local library to take part.”

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