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Summer Reading Challenge 2020 Silly Squad

Join the Silly Squad and have fun with this year's Summer Reading Challenge. It is a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, with a story set in a fun house and a team of mad-cap animals who love to make people laugh. But be warned: a mysterious baddy is hoping to ruin their fun! 

Now that schools have returned our online programme of activities has come to an end. However, the Challenge continues until 30th September so you still have time to take part and complete it.  Keep reading! 



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Library online events and activities

Amazing storytimes and Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions are available on our YouTube channel 

Let's Get Coding: Online Code Club 


Library Services For Education

Although Library Services for Education is closed at the moment, the team has busy helping compile a list of resources to support home educating parents, schools and families 

Online Resources for parents and teachers


Choosing books


Bookstart is a national scheme for pre-school children; it aims to help families discover the fun and excitement of sharing books together.  Bookstart Baby packs are for every child before their first birthday.  They are gifted by Registrars when parents register a new born, and they start children on their reading journey.  Bookstart Treasure packs are for every three to four year old.  They are gifted from pre-school settings and libraries.

Bookstart for every child, in addition there are also packs for children who need extra support to develop a love of books and reading:

  • Booktouch - for children aged 0-5 who are blind or partially sighted
  • Bookshine - for children aged 0-5 who are deaf or hearing impaired
  • Bookstart Star - for children 3-5 who have a condition or disability that impacts on their fine motor skills

Bookstart also supply packs to support dual language learners. 

If you have not received a Bookstart pack please contact your local library for more information or email:


Arts Award Supporter 

Gloucestershire Libraries is an Arts Award Supporter; young people who take part in arts activities in our libraries such as the Summer Reading Challenge can obtain the Arts Award Discover.

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Arts Award - Discover


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