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Summer Reading Challenge

Go Gadgeteers Go! Get reading with your library this summer. Track down six amazing books with our team of Gadgeteers and explore the key role of imagination in both reading and the sciences.

How to take part

Visit your local library any time between July and August to sign up. There are Gadgeteers collectibles and loads of exciting activities to get involved with.

You then have until Sunday 11 September 2022, to complete the challenge by reading books borrowed from your local library or online from our ebook/eAudiobook collections. Don't forget to collect your certificate and medal too!

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Gadgeteers – Summer Reading Challenge 2022
Play, download and print activities, set reading goals, review and find books to read. Take part in competitions, achieve rewards and unlock content.


There’s also lots more free fun in your local library all summer, take a look below. 

Launch week: 11 to 15 July

Visit your library in the first week of the holidays to create the ultimate gadget, a giant robot, and borrow your first books for the summer.

Why not make your own great gadget or incredible invention and share a photo of it using #GoGadgeteersGo as the hashtag. Visit your local Leicester library to get creative ideas from our craft and
science books.

  • Monday 11 July, 1-3pm: Aylestone, Evington, New Parks*
  • Tuesday 12 July, 1-3pm: Knighton, Beaumont Leys*, Rushey Mead
  • Wednesday 13 July, 1-3pm: Belgrave*, St Barnabas, St Matthews
  • Thursday 14 July, 1-3pm: Central, Highfields, Pork Pie*, Westcotes
  • Friday 15 July, 1-3pm: BRITE Centre*, Fosse Centre, Hamilton

*At this library there will be an extra activity from the National Space Centre.

Live family theatre: 19 to 23 July

The Spark Arts for Children in association with Among Ideal Friends libraries consortium, present 'Recycled Rubbish' – a show for children aged five and over. Tickets now on sale at participating libraries.

Show dates Location and time
Tuesday 19 July Beaumont Leys Library, 11am
New Parks Library, 3.30pm
Wednesday 20 July St Barnabas Library, 11am
Hamilton Library and Community Centre, 3.30pm
Thursday 21 July African Caribbean Centre, 11am
St Matthews Library and Community Centre, 3.30pm
Friday 22 July Pork Pie Library and Community Centre, 11am
Eyres Monsell Community Centre, 3.30pm
Saturday 23 July Central Library, 11am
Westcotes Library, 3.30pm

Family fun at the library: 25 July to 17 August

A free family fun afternoon, with games, puzzles, crafts and stories:

Dates Location and time
Monday 25 July New Parks*, 1-4pm
Tuesday 26 July Beaumont Leys*, 1-4pm
Wednesday 27 July St Barnabas, 1-4pm
Thursday 28 July Pork Pie*, 1-4pm
Friday 29 July BRITE*, 1-4pm
Monday 1 August Aylestone, 1-4pm
Tuesday 2 August Knighton, 1-4pm
Wednesday 3 August Central, 1-4pm
Thursday 4 August Westcotes, 1-4pm
Friday 5 August Fosse, 1-4pm
Monday 8 August Evington, 1-4pm
Tuesday 9 August Rushey Mead*, 1-4pm
Wednesday 10 August Belgrave*, 1-4pm
Thursday 11 August Highfields*, 1-4pm
Friday 12 August Hamilton, 1-4pm
Wednesday 17 August St Matthews, 1-4pm

*At this library there will be an extra activity from the National Space Centre.

Toddler Play Days

The Spark will be lighting up libraries in Leicester this summer with music, movement and play. Come along and make friends and make music at these fun, free sessions. Join the Spark as we sing, play, move, dance and smile together! Find out more at

Sound Me A Story

We can all go to the moon. All it takes is a bit of imagination. Join Mr Shay as he beatboxes you beyond the stars and back. So strap on your boots and fasten your helmets, we're about to blast off on a space adventure. Find out more at

Get Up and Go

Get Up and Go is back this summer with an online programme of fun activities. There’s a poster and certificate that you can use to get inspired and rewarded for your efforts! Download all you need to take part on our families website.

Stay connected

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