This year, with the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, an all-new digital Summer Reading Challenge is launching from Monday 15 June.  The aim is to keep children reading over the summer and to support parents and carers with children at home.

The theme for this year’s challenge, which runs until September, is ‘Silly Squad’ – a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.

A dedicated website for the Summer Reading Challenge – – is free to access and is a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goals.

It will also feature video content, games, quizzes, and digital and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in the challenge together at home.

Cumbria Library Service’s ‘BorrowBox’ platform also offers families a wide range of children’s e-book and audiobook titles to support the challenge and these are free to download for library members.

If you are not a member of the library, you can join for free, and get instant access to the library service’s online resources – including thousands of books, magazines and games.

Details of how to sign up for a free membership are available on the Cumbria Library Service pages of the county council website.

Look out on our Social Media platforms for ideas for silly activities and funny business!


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