Children invited to join Space Chase at Cheshire West libraries

3 July 2019

Cheshire West libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Space Chase, our free Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks four to 11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer.  The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Space Chase launches in libraries across Cheshire West on Saturday 13 July and runs until Saturday 7 September.

Children will team up with futuristic family the Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books stolen by a mischievous band of aliens.

As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up, for free, at their nearest library, where they will be given a mission log to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “This year’s Summer Reading Challenge will soon be here and the list of Space Chase events planned across all our libraries is bigger and better than ever!  The Summer Reading Challenge enables our libraries to support parents and carers with their child's reading during the long summer break from school.
“Children return to school for the new school year as more fluent, confident, happy readers after they take part in the Summer Reading Challenge.”

Just visit your local branch from Saturday 13 July onwards to take part.  It’s all free and if you’re not currently a library member you can join for free either online or at any Cheshire West Library.

To find out about free events at a library near you go to:

If you are aged 13-24, or know someone who is, and are looking for something fun and rewarding to do this summer, why not volunteer in your local library and help support the Summer Reading Challenge.

Every year volunteers aged 13 to 24 help libraries to make the Summer Reading Challenge a success. By taking part in reading activities and volunteering they can gain valuable skills and experience throughout the summer and beyond.

If you’re interested, or know someone who is, you can apply to be a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer with Cheshire West and Chester Libraries online, via our website:, or contact your local library direct to find out more.


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