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Free summer challenge for children with Gloucestershire Libraries


Gloucestershire Libraries will be launching a brand new challenge for children this summer.


The Library Challenge aims to encourage children aged three to 12 years old and their families to discover everything their library service has to offer.

Children can find out what their library means to them by completing a range of tasks, including reading any books they choose, taking part in events and getting into nature.

Participants will receive incentives and prizes along the way, with a firm focus on discovering new interests and having fun.

Running from 15 July to 16 September 2023, The Library Challenge aims to encourage children and families to access their local library services and celebrate their own journey.

The theme is music and there will be plenty of tuneful fun and excitement to be had, with a whole host of events happening across the county.

They will include interactive theatre performances from the Everyman, instrument crafts and musical workshops highlighting a range of different musical genres.

Joining The Library Challenge is free and all 40 libraries across the county will be taking part.

Library membership is also free to any resident in Gloucestershire or neighbouring county. To sign up for The Library Challenge, visit your local library from Saturday July 15 or at any point during the summer and speak to a friendly member of the team.

Visit to find out more and you can also follow Gloucestershire Libraries on social media for updates. To find events and activities happening in your local library this summer and beyond, and to book your places for free, go to

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This is a fantastic new initiative to get children and their families involved in their local libraries and have plenty of fun and discover new interests along the way.

“There will be something for everyone, with various activities, crafts and workshops on offer, so I would encourage everyone to take up The Library Challenge this summer.”

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