This year’s Summer Reading Challenge for children, presented by The Reading Agency, funded by Arts Council England and delivered in partnership with public libraries, launched on Saturday June 5th with the Silly Squad 2020 providing an afternoon and evening of fun.

Crewkerne Library who always look forward to welcoming children to sign up for the annual reading challenge, remains closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, although recent Government guidance suggests that public libraries may be able to reopen from July 4th, provided they can safely provide access to their services for members of the public. The library in Falkland Square which has been running daily challenges through the Friends of Crewkerne Facebook page, since the lockdown began, has stopped its daily postings to promote the Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children from 4 years to 11 years of age to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays. It runs from June until September and children wishing to sign up can do so at They will be asked to choose their Avatar and will be guided as to how this year’s challenge will work, as they read books and play games to earn points and their reading badges.

Included on the website is a Home Zone, School Zone and information for parents and carers. Members of the Silly Squad, who appeared on Saturday’s launch party, included many celebrities such as comedian and presenter Paul O’Grady, adventurer and presenter Ben Fogle, comedian and author David Baddiel, children’s author Gareth P Jones of Dinosaur Detective, award winning author/illustrator Rob Biddulph, poet and author Joseph Coehlo and Sam and Mark of CBB’s fame.

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