Young readers will be able to embark on an adventure that is out of this world, with the return of the Summer Reading Challenge. East Sussex libraries are calling on children aged four to 11 to join the Space Chase and sign up to read six books over the summer holidays.

With a space theme, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, those taking part in the event will earn stickers which will lead them to the aliens responsible for stealing books from Moon Library.

Cllr Bill Bentley, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for communities and safety, said: “The six week summer holiday can have a real impact on children’s literacy skills.

“The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge captures the imagination of young readers, fuelling their love of reading and keeping their literacy skills sharp over the summer months.”

Children have until Saturday 14th September to read six books borrowed from the library. They can be anything they like, from joke books to fact books, printed books to audio books.

To take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, children need to sign up at then visit their local county council library with the secret code word they receive when they join. Everyone who completes the Space Chase will be rewarded with a medal and certificate.

To celebrate the space-themed event, East Sussex Library and Information Services have organised a series of events in libraries across the county, including: Press Play Films’ Claymation Workshops in which children can work with animation software to create their own animation using clay figures and craft materials; The Astronomy Roadshow and Creative Space where children over six years old can explore the moon and gaze at the stars in an inflatable planetarium dome. There are limited spaces on both events and booking is essential.

As part of his Summer Reading Challenge Tour, children’s poet, performer and illustrator Ed Boxall will be performing songs, poems and stories at free events across the county. Sessions have already taken place in libraries at Bexhill, Battle, Hailsham and Heathfield. However, there are still sessions to come at Hollington Library at 2.00pm on Thursday 15th August and at Rye Library at 11.00am on Thursday 22nd August.

An additional event will be held as part of Hastings LitFest, at Hastings Library, on Saturday 31st August. Places must be booked in advance at: 

For more information about the events taking place this summer and to book a place, visit:

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