Summer Reading Challenge 2022

Summer Reading Challenge 2022

Become a Gadgeteer at Newport libraries this summer

Newport libraries are calling for children to sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge 2022.

We know that reading for pleasure is important for children's development so we want to encourage families to read and have fun together throughout the summer. There will also be rewards available for reading and reviewing books!

Children will be able to join six fictional Gadgeteers. The characters – brought to life by children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford – use their curiosity and wonder to understand the science behind a whole range of interests, from fashion and technology to cooking and music.  

This summer, children aged 4-11 can visit Newport Libraries to meet the Gadgeteers and to get involved in a science and innovation themed Summer Reading Challenge.

Gadgeteers launches in libraries across Newport on 9 July will run until 17 September.

Join the Summer Reading Challenge

Author visits and activities

Throughout the summer author visits and activities will be taking place in Newport libraries. Booking is required.

 

Friday 5 August

Summer Fun stories and crafts

  • Malpas Library, 11am-12pm
  • Tredegar House, 2.30pm-3.30pm (digital fun)

Monday 8 August

Summer Fun stories and crafts

  • Bettws Library, 11am - 12.00pm

Tuesday 9 August

Summer Fun stories and crafts

  • Rogerstone Library,  2.30pm-3.30pm

Wednesday 10 August

Summer Fun stories and crafts

  • Caerleon Library, 11am - 12pm
  • Ringland Library, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Thursday 11 August

Author visit - Pop up library, Unit 16 Kingsway Centre 

Jenny Valentine is the award-winning author of Finding Violet Park, The Ant Colony and The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight. Her new series featuring the wonderful 9 year old Joy is aimed at 7-12 year olds and features all of Jenny’s trademark empathy and brilliantly realistic characterisation. 

Times: 10am - 11am and 11:30am - 12:30pm


Friday 12 August

Summer Fun stories and crafts

  • Malpas Library, 11am - 12pm

Monday 15 August  

Summer Fun stories and crafts

  • Bettws Library, 11am - 12pm  (digital fun)

Tuesday 16 August

Summer Fun stories and crafts

  • Rogerstone Library, 2.30pm - 3.30pm (digital fun)

Wednesday 17 August

Author visit - East Neighbourhood Hub, Ringland Circle

Shoo Rayner is an author, storyteller, illustrator and YouTube drawing guru. He’s written and illustrated over two hundred books, his story/illustration workshops will talk about his books and their creation, then show how to build up an illustration that can be a first draft and inspiration for a story.

Times: 10am - 11am and 11:30am - 12:30pm

 

Summer Fun stories and crafts

  • Caerleon Library, 11am -12pm (digital fun)

Thursday 18 August

Author visit - Pop up library, Unit 16 Kingsway Centre

Shoo Rayner is an author, storyteller, illustrator and YouTube drawing guru. He’s written and illustrated over two hundred books, his story/illustration workshops will talk about his books and their creation, then show how to build up an illustration that can be a first draft and inspiration for a story.

Times: 10am - 11am; 11:30am - 12:30pm and 2pm - 3pm


Friday 19 August

Summer Fun stories and crafts

  • Malpas Library, 11am - 12pm (digital fun)

Thursday 25 August

Author visit - Pop up library, Unit 16 Kingsway Centre

Cat Weatherill is an author and storyteller of international repute.  Cat’s titles include Wild Magic, Snowbone, Barkbelly, By Lantern Light, and her latest book Dream Adventures, which features her true-life travel adventures. Her entertaining and inspirational sessions offer highly interactive story sessions including dance, music, and puppets for the Early Years.

Times: 10am - 11am; 11:30am - 12:30pm and 2pm - 3pm


Thursday 1 September 

Author visit - Pop up library, Unit 16 Kingsway Centre

Join us for award-winning children’s author Christopher Edge entertaining and interactive talk based on his award-winning novels, with fun quizzes, arresting visuals, and demonstrations of some of the real-life science behind the stories.

Times: 10am - 11am; 11:30am - 12:30pm and 2pm - 3pm

Book an author visit or activity

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by Newport Libraries.