Mythical Maze, Summer Reading Challenge 2014 Launch Event

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Lose yourself in the library! You’ll be a-mazed at what is going down at your local library this summer with Mythical Maze, Summer Reading Challenge 2014!

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. Children can sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE!

 The Challenge will launch on Saturday 19th July at the Central Library, Swindon, with a mix of legends old and new, giants, dragons…..daleks….and more!


2010: The Dalek Invasion of Swindon Central Library: Source: digital image. Date: 13/11/2010. Copyright: SBC. Repository: Swindon Collection, Central Library. Taken from:

10.30 Swindon Dance will launch the Challenge by performing The Giant’s Story. (Come along to an advance workshop on the 12th July at 10.30am and learn the steps to join in – find more DETAILS HERE!)

11.00 Myth and legend themed Story time

11.45 Zoolab “Myths and Legends” workshop will introduce children to the extraordinary creatures from the world of myth and fairytale. All with a little help from some awesome animals!

Exterminate!!! Exterminate!!! Watch out there will be Daleks about as we also welcome the Charity Sci-fi team who will be invading the library throughout the morning!

Minotaur - copyright Sarah McIntyre for The Reading AgencyDON’T MYTH OUT!!!!!

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children into libraries to maintain their reading skills and confidence. Because everything changes when we read.

After reading the 1st book children will be able to do a trail at Swindon Museum and Art gallery for the chance to get a special prize. When children have read 4 books they will receive a voucher for a free children’s DVD from Swindon Libraries.

Last year, in Swindon, children read a record 13, 684 books throughout the summer. This year, we are challenging children to read 14,000!  We will be updating progress regularly via the @SwindonLibrary Twitter feed and on this blog.

During the months of July and August there will also be a library card amnesty and fines will be waived on children’s library cards.

Library staff and volunteers will be on hand to help children win medals for reading, and an interactive ‘Mythical Maze’ website will link children with top authors and illustrators whilst giving them room to talk about their favourite books and share reading ideas:
Under 8s can take part in a colouring competition, and over 8s can join in an art/poetry competition. Over 8s winners will also  have the chance to have their artwork/poem printed on a certificate which will be given out to our Summer Reading Challenge volunteers at the end of the summer – pick up entry forms at your local library.

Enrolment starts from Saturday 12th July and young adventurers can explore the ‘Mythical Maze’ from Saturday 19th July until Sunday 7th September 2014.

Nessy and chumsThe Summer Reading Challenge™ has been running for fifteen years, and last year a record 810,089 children took part during the summer. It is created and run by The Reading Agency, and delivered by libraries.

Any queries can be sent to: or ask at your local library.

Illustrations©Sarah McIntyre for the Reading Agency


MermaidThe Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. It is funded by the Arts Council, and has a formal partnership with public library services.

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge 2014 including how to get involved and resources for schools, go to
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