North Somerset libraries will celebrate ‘Marvellous Makers’ this summer


Children in North Somerset are invited to join in the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge, Marvellous Makers, which starts on Saturday 6 July. 

The Summer Reading Challenge, developed by the Reading Agency, encourages children aged 4-11 to read or listen to books over the summer holidays. They can collect free rewards for reading from their local library. ‘Marvellous Makers’ will finish on Saturday 14 September.

This year’s theme inspires those taking part to embrace their creativity – whether that’s writing songs, drawing or dancing. Children can borrow a range of books connected to creative pursuits from North Somerset libraries. They can also take part in free craft events at every library in North Somerset, or watch free theatre shows at Yatton Library, the Campus Library, Clevedon Library and Portishead Library. 

Lucy Shomali, North Somerset Council’s Director of Place, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is back soon for the summer holidays. It’s a wonderful way for our young people to find out what fantastic services our libraries offer – and spark a love of reading for fun. 

“As we’re all continuing to feel the squeeze from the cost-of-living crisis, it’s great that this challenge offers free activities for our young people to enjoy during the summer holidays.”

Claire Shiels, North Somerset Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said: “This national scheme is a fantastic way to encourage children to read for fun over the holidays and improve their reading skills, during a period when we know reading can dip. 

“Last year’s challenge was a great success, with 90 per cent of children saying taking part made them feel happy, and 89 per cent of adults agreeing that their child’s reading skills improved during the challenge.

“I hope our young people enjoy this year’s theme of creativity. Whether you’re a dancer, a writer, or even a junk modeller, there’s something for everyone!

“Our schools have been asking young people to take part. If you haven’t yet signed your family up, there’s still time – just pop into your local library, or visit”

The Summer Reading Challenge is developed by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with public libraries. This year’s theme has been developed in partnership with Create, a charity that brings the creative arts to children and adults who are facing challenges in their lives.

Image credit: Marvellous Makers illustrations by Natelle Quek and © The Reading Agency 2024