Space Chase - Summer reading challenge


    Children are invited to join the library Space Chase at Devon Libraries

    Libraries across Devon are calling for children to sign up to the Space Chase mission to read six books this summer as part of the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge.

    Anyone aged 4-11 is invited to take part in this out-of-this-world adventure by picking up a mission folder from their local library, choosing two books on each visit to the library throughout the summer and collecting stickers and rewards along the way as they rocket their way towards the finish line to claim a special medal.

    Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books, 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.

    The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 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 50thanniversary of the first moon landing

    To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey. Children are also invited to attend a variety of events and activities throughout the summer, from crafts and Lego clubs to alien animal encounters and a performance of Space Cats by Boo To A Goose Theatre.

     Space Chase launches in libraries across North Devon and Torridge on Saturday 13th July with a special launch event at Bideford Library from 10:30am with special guest and local performer Rob Pudner, who will arrive in style to entertain the children with some fun space themed stories. The Challenge runs until runs until Saturday 14th September.

     There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at libraries across the county for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenges, see the full list of events below.  Just contact your local library or go to to find out how to take part or visit your library’s Facebook page.

    Events in North Devon and Torridge:

    Appledore Library

    • 24/7/19, 2:30-4pm:                     Space Party Lego Club
    • 1/8/19, 10-11:30am:                   Northam Burrows Ranger session - Make and Race Paper Snails
    • 13/8/19, 10-11:30am:                  Space Themed Craft Session
    • 28/8/19, 2:30-4pm:                     Lego Club
    • All Holidays:                              Village Treasure Hunt and Library Treasure Hunt

    Braunton Library

    • 13/7/19, 10:30-onwards:             Launch of the Summer Reading Challenge
    • 20/7/19, 10:30-12pm:                  Saturday Craft - Solar System Hats
    • 27/7/19, 10:30-12pm:                  Saturday Craft - Make an Alien
    • 29/7/19, 3-4pm:                          Alien drawing workshop
    • 3/8/19, 10:30-12pm:                   Saturday Craft - Make a rocket picture
    • 7/8/19, 2-3pm:                           Really Wild Learning
    • 10/8/19, 10:30-12pm:                  Saturday Craft - Make a paper plate astronaut mask 
    • 14/8/19, 2-3pm:                          Cassandra Wye ‘We share the same moon’
    • 17/8/19, 10:30-12pm:                  Saturday Craft - Make a Phases of the Moon paper plate
    • 21/8/19, 2:30-4:30pm:                 Moon Landing Lego session
    • 24/8/19, 10:30-12pm:                  Saturday Craft - Make a Space Mobile
    • 31/8/19, 10:30-12pm:                  Saturday Craft  - Make a biscuit Planet

     Ilfracombe Library

    • 13/7/19, 10-2pm:                        Space Chase launch event
    • 29/7/19, 2:30-3:30pm:                Boo to a Goose Theatre, Space Cats
    • 31/7/19, 10-11am:                      Sciencedipity, Robot Wars
    • 7/8/19, 10-12pm:                                    Really Wild Learning
    • 14/8/19, 10-12pm:                      Alien Puppet Show and Craft with Nick Wood
    • 22/8/19, 10-12pm:                      Space Stations Junk Modelling
    • 29/8/19, 10-12pm:                      Alien Disguises
    • 14/9/19, 10am:                           VIP cinema event for finishers

    Barnstaple Library

    • 13/7/2019, 9-5pm:                      Launch day with stilt walkers, paint swirling, FabLab, crafts + more
    • 1/8/19, 10-11am + 11:30-12:30pm: Aliens love underpants with Plough Theatre
    • 5/8/19, 9:30, 11, 12:30 + 2pm:     Pop-up planetarium with SpaceLab
    • 7/8/19, 2-3pm:                           Mama G's Storytime with Petite Pantos   
    • 15/8/19, 2-3pm:                          The Book Keepers-Interactive children's theatre    
    • 16/8/19, 10-4pm:                                    Astronaut Academy Plough theatre Workshop      

    Bideford Library          

    • 13/7/19, 10:30-12:30pm:             Launch Day Party with Special Space Chase guest Rob Pudner     
    • 31/7/19, 2:30-3:30:                     Boo to a Goose Theatre performance of Space Cats
    • 8/8/19, 10:30-11:30:                    Mama Gee Story Time
    • 17/8/19, 2:30-3:30:                     Space Lab comes to Bideford Library      
    • 20/8/19, 10:30-12:30:                  Drop in Space Crafts     
    • 29/8/19, 10:30-12:30pm:             Drop in super space craft activity

    Holsworthy Library

    • 29/7/19, 10:00-13:00:                  Summer Reading Challenge T-shirt printing family workshop
    • 19/8/19, 10:00-13:00                   Summer Reading Challenge T-shirt printing family workshop
    • 2/8/19, 10:30-11:30:                   Boo To A Goose Theatre present Space Cats

    Okehampton Library

    • 13/7/19, 9:30-12:30                     Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019 Launch   
    • 29/7/19, 10:30-12:00                   From Rubbish to Rockets, Space Chase
    • 7/8/19, 14:30-15:30                    ‘Space Cats’ by Boo to a Goose Theatre
    • 14/8/19, 14:00-15:00, 15:15-16:15: Alien Animals Encounter with Really Wild Learning
    • 23/8/19, 14:00-15:00:                  Space Shadow Lanterns crafts
    • 27/8/19, 14:00-14:30 or 15:00-15:30: Space Lego Animation Workshop                   

    Torrington Library

    • 2/8/19, 10:30-11:30:                    Space crafts and activities
    • 7/8/19, 10:30-11:30:                    Boo To A Goose Theatre present Space Cats
    • 9/8/19, 2-4pm:                           Lego Moon Rovers        
    • 30/8/19, 2-4pm:                          Aliens: Illustration workshop work with illustrator Joseph Witchall       

    South Molton Library

    • 26/7/19, 10-12pm:                      Space Rocks; creative rock decorations
    • 31/7/19, 13:30-15:30                   Alien Cartoon Drawing with local illustrator, Joseph Witchall
    • 8/8/19, 10-12pm:                        ‘Spaced Out’ gardening making paper pots to fill with soil and grow rocket