Summer Reading Challenge

Get Silly with Northumberland Libraries

This Summer we’re going to get silly!

Northumberland Libraries want children to join in the fun and keep reading as part of Silly Squad, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Silly Squad is a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter and this year, there is a great all-new digital aspect to the Challenge. 

Children are free to read anything that makes them happy - whether a favourite book at home or something new from our great selection of eBooks and eAudio titles which can be downloaded for free from our digital library - BorrowBox.
The Challenge website will be free to access and children can rate and review their books as they work towards their reading goal. It will also feature lots of fun videos, games, quizzes, and digital and downloadable activities

Silly Squad launches in Northumberland on Saturday, July 11 at 1pm with a fantastic Circus Skills Workshop by the amazing Circurama, available to watch on the Northumberland Libraries Facebook page. Learn how to be the best - and silliest - juggler using just a few balloons and some lentils! This magical show also contains lots of special surprises - don’t miss it!

Following this, on Monday, July 13 at 1.30pm we will be joined by children’s illustrator and author Liz Million. Do you have a burning question you would like to ask Liz? Then this could be your chance!  The workshop is followed by a live question and answer session, so get your questions ready!

To book your free tickets for the online workshops with Circurama or Liz Million, please visit and search for Northumberland Libraries 

Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for libraries at Northumberland County Council said: “We hope that lots of families will get silly for the Summer Reading Challenge. There will be lots of activities happening online for children to get involved in from home.

“The importance of reading with children and enjoying books from a young age is well known and as we are all spending more time at home together it is a perfect opportunity to get involved in this year’s challenge.”

Register to join the Challenge at or check out for further information - and don’t forget to book your free online workshops with Circurama and author/illustrator Liz Million.
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