Kids invited to Wild World Heroes library events

East Sussex libraries are calling on children aged four to 12 to read six books over the summer as part of The Reading Agency’s Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021. In keeping with this year’s environmental theme, inspired by the work of the World Wildlife Fund, ecological themed events are taking place in libraries countywide.

Events include Tree Fellas, an interactive storytelling workshop, and a Wild World Summer Reading Challenge Tour with Hastings-based children’s poet, performer and illustrator Ed Boxall which includes a fabulous mix of songs, poems and stories.

Best-selling author and Egyptologist Rob Lloyd Jones will visit Hastings and Bexhill libraries, and take children on a fascinating journey from how he started writing to the real-life treasure hunt that inspired his new novel. Rob’s book Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake was shortlisted for the East Sussex Children’s Book Award in 2018.

For each library book read, youngsters will receive a sticker and other prizes. After reading six books they will earn a certificate and a medal. All the reading challenge events are free but places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance online. 

For more information on library events, to book a place or to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge 2021 visit:

Listening Books offers free membership to locals 

National charity Listening Books offers an audiobook lending service to anyone who finds difficulties reading or holding a printed copy. This might be due to illness, disability, learning difficulty or a mental health condition. They have recently received funding to offer a number of free memberships to people living in Hastings and St Leonards.

Listening Books have over 9,000 audiobooks available in their library for all ages from bestselling authors including Matt Haig, David Walliams, Hilary Mantel, Jeff Kinney, Marian Keyes, Jojo Moyes, and many more. They also support the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 and above with set texts, study guides and revision aids available in the audio format. 

Members can borrow titles in three easily accessible ways: sent directly through the post on mp3 CD with no postage costs or late fees; downloaded to an app available for smartphones and tablets; or streamed online. A free membership covers all options, so members can choose what works best for them, and as they are a charity there are no hidden costs involved. 

For more information visit their website:

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