Summer Reading Challenge
We're absolutely delighted to announce the theme for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge. This year, the theme is Wild World Heroes - and the Reading Agency have teamed up with WWF UK for the Challenge!
We want to encourage children across West Lothian to engage in fun reading activity focused on the environment, and we hope the theme will inspire children to explore ways of helping to save the planet.
The characters and landscape will be illustrated by award-winning children's author and illustrator Heath McKenzie. Through taking part in the Challenge, with the free packs available online, children will be able to join our 'wild heroes' - to learn about the importance of the environment while helping to restore nature levels in the neighbourhood of 'Wilderville'.
Log in or Sign up SRC 2021 here to get rewards, play games and earn badges as you read.
The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities. Children can read whatever they like - comic books, fact books, joke books, picture books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there's a certificate and medal for everyone who completes the Challenge.
Find out more about this year's Challenge at Summer Reading Challenge website
There will be lots of online activities from your local libraries over summer as part of the Summer Reading Challenge, so please have a look and see what is happening on our Libraries Activities webpage.
Live Storytelling in the Park with Jane Mather
Please join us on Friday 30th July from 11am @ Polkemment Country Park & 12.30pm @ Almondell Country Park for some Wild World Heroes stories. Both sessions will be held in the children's play areas in the parks. No booking required. Please help keep us all safe by following the safety measure in place at the parks.
Make your own colourful craft fishes
Linlithgow Library - Summer Reading Challenge craft demonstration - Lisa Bredin from Linlithgow library shows us how to make some colourful craft fishes. We would love to see and share photos of your finished fishes, please email them to: Linlithgow library
Make your own bird feeder
Almondbank Library craft demonstration video - How to make a bird feeder - Almondbank library show us how to build a lovely bird feeder using everyday items. We would love to see and share photos of your finished bird feeders, please email them to: Almondbank library
Be a Wild World Hero and build you own Bug Hotel
Whitburn Library craft demonstration video - How to make a bug hotel - Whitburn library are challenging the children of West Lothian to become Wild World Heroes by building a bug hotel.
Bug hotels are fantastic for the environment because they attract lots of different kinds of wee beasties like ladybirds, bees, woodlice and spiders, who lay their eggs and raise their baby beasties there because they are sheltered, safe spaces and somewhere they can hide from bigger beasties!
Download the Bug Hotel activity sheet Whitburn library
Local libraries Summer Reading Challenge - Family Treasure Hunts
Check out our Library Treasure Hunts - Who know's what you might discover when you're out and about this summer!
Summer Reading Challenge Activity sheets