Kids in County Durham this summer will have the chance to take part in a fascinating moon-based adventure – all courtesy of County Durham’s libraries.

The libraries are offering children an exciting way of keeping up their reading skills during the summer holidays.

Kids can take part in a library-based activity in which they help a super space family, the Rockets, track down books that have been stolen by aliens. The activity – entitled Space Chase – lets youngsters read books, solve clues and collect special stickers for their own mission folders.

Durham County Council’s cabinet member for transformation, culture and tourism, Cllr Joy Allen, said, “This year we have an extra-terrestrially fun theme, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.”

“Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books or lack encouragement to read for pleasure.”

“The Summer Reading Challenge offers a free, fun and accessible way to encourage young people to keep up a love of reading, and all the benefits that come with it.”

“As well as visiting the library to take part in the challenge, by becoming a library member anyone can access our Library Online to browse the library catalogue, request an item or renew an item already on loan. Or, use the BorrowBox app to access eBooks and eAudiobooks – there are thousands of stories to get lost in this summer.”

The Summer Reading Challenge will blast off in all Durham County Council libraries on Saturday 13th July. Booking is not necessary – simply ask for a free ‘space adventure pack’ at your local library.

To find out where your nearest library is, please go to

To learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge – which is produced by the Reading Agency – please visit

(The featured image shows Jemma Winter and Sophie Black – Year 5 pupils at Seascape Primary School, Horden – enjoying Space Chase at Horden Library.)

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