Last updated:
31 July 2017

Summer Reading Challenge

Find out about the Summer Reading Challenge for children.

Collect the clues and solve our library mystery to win a medal!

This summer children will be challenged to solve a mystery at their local library with the 'Animal Agents' gang. Bart the Bloodhound, Daisy Rabbit, Bernice the bear and Slip and Slide the snake twins, need help to sort out a mystery down at the library. There are four suspects, but children will need to use all their detective skills to work out the clues and solve the crime!

Animal Agents: the Summer Reading Challenge started in your local library on Saturday 15 July 2017. It’s free for all families to take part and you can collect fun rewards as you read books through the holidays. Best of all, children are free to choose whatever library books they like!

Register for Animal Agents (West Sussex Library Service - Summer Reading Challenge) (external link)

After registering for the challenge, children will be rewarded with a special 'Animal Agents' wristband. They then collect clues about the mystery as they read books through the summer, coming back to the library to tell us what they’ve read. Special stickers - some ‘scratch and sniff’ - will help you solve the mystery.

Children will be able to crack the crime after they’ve read six books and we will reward them with a special 'Animal Agents' certificate and medal, but you’ll need to have the case solved before our closing date of Saturday 16 September 2017!

The Summer Reading Challenge is free and an easy way to make sure children enjoy reading during the long summer holiday. Children can choose and borrow any books they like and your local library has a great selection waiting for you - from picture books for pre-schoolers, stories and comic books for older children and information books about every topic, the choice is yours!

Toddlers can join in the fun with the Mini Challenge

The really little ones can join in too with the Animal Agents Mini Challenge, collecting stickers as they share library books. When they complete the Mini Challenge libraries will reward under-threes with a special ‘gold medal sticker’ and certificate.

Something for grown-ups as well!

Grown-ups helping children take part can join a special reading challenge themselves! Research shows that children enjoy reading and do better at it when adults around them read too. So, see what’s on the shelf at your local library and get stuck in a good book.

Help us run the Challenge - be a volunteer!

We expect thousands of families will visit libraries this summer to take part in Animal Agents, so we need lots of volunteers to help us greet families, explain how it works, listen to children talk about what they have been reading and hand out the all-important rewards.

Do you have some time to spare this summer and would you like to help your library encourage local children to keep reading during the holidays? You might have lots of experience working with children or families, or you could be a young person looking to develop new skills for your CV.

We want to hear from everyone who thinks they can help, so please take a few minutes to complete the online application form. We will send you an email to confirm your application before we meet you in the library.

You can find out more about the volunteer role below, or ask staff in your local library.

You can find events happening this summer in a library near you and join us to enjoy word play, fun games and art and craft.


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