Keep the kids entertained with summer activities in libraries

Published: 24 Jul 2018


Looking for things to keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays? Then why not check out your local library.  There are plenty of fun and exciting events and projects taking place over the summer, challenging children to continue learning and reading throughout the break.

Hertfordshire Libraries are inviting 10-18 year olds to get creative with their reading by taking part in ImagiNation, a reading and arts project that has been designed with the help of young people.  

To take part in the free project, young people simply need to borrow two library books over the summer holidays and then write or draw what they thought of one of the books on a “book belly band” – a strip that wraps around books. This is then handed into library staff and will be displayed for library visitors to look at.

They can also produce a piece of artwork inspired by one of the books to put on the ImagiNation blog if they wish. The blog is secure and fully moderated and can be found at http://imaginationeast.org.uk/.

The artwork could be a drawing, collage or painting, a photograph or film, a sculpture, model or design, a poem, or any other art form that they’re interested in.

On completing the challenge, young people will receive a certificate and lanyard and will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three Amazon vouchers worth up to £70!

Younger children (aged 4-8), have the chance to help Cubetto the robot travel through space and create a space adventure with parents at Coding in Space family workshops.

The interactive sessions will be held at Baldock Library on 7 August, Harpenden Library on 17 August and Berkhamsted Library on 21 August.

Workshops must be booked through the library; tickets are £2 per child.

For kids of all ages, the annual Summer Reading Challenge recently kicked off with a hugely successful launch event at Hitchin Library.

Over 200 children signed up at Hitchin Library on Saturday 14 July alone, with many more signing up all over the county on the first day of the challenge.

There is still time to get a free starter pack from your local library and take part, just read six library books and speak to library staff about the books.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Libraries, said:

“Our libraries in Hertfordshire have so much to offer people of all ages, especially children and teenagers during the school holidays.”

“Spending time in libraries and reading is a great way for young people to continue learning and developing during the break, and we are proud to support this.”

Both ImagiNation and the Summer Reading Challenge run from 14 July – 8 September 2018.

To find out more about ImagiNation visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/imagiNation or for the Summer Reading Challenge visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/summerreadingchallenge.