Exotic animals come to libraries this summer

Children have the chance to see and handle exotic animals as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

There will be 22 Zoo Lab workshops throughout the summer break in libraries across the district. Children can get up close and personal with a range of exotic  animals. The sessions are aimed at four to 12-year-olds and need to be booked in advance. Children are also required to be registered on to the Summer Reading Challenge.

This is one of a full programme of events organised for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, an annual initiative, run by Bradford Council’s Library Service, in July and August. This year’s theme is Animal Agents.

The challenge is a national libraries initiative, delivered by libraries in partnership with the Reading Agency. It aims to encourage children to continue to read throughout the summer holiday. Research has shown that it improves children’s enjoyment of reading, confidence and motivation and helps prevent a dip in their literacy skills after the summer break.

All children taking part will receive a wallet and stickers. There are also bookmarks, fortune tellers, key rings and wristbands to collect. Every child who reads six books will receive a certificate and medal featuring  the  artwork of Tony Ross.

Zoo Lab sessions are being held at the following libraries and times:

Monday 31 July – Monday 21 August 2017

Library Date Time
Burley Monday 31 July 11am – 12noon
Allerton Monday 31 July 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Bingley Tuesday 1 August 11am – 12noon
Silsden Tuesday 1 August 2pm – 3pm
Thornton Wednesday 2 August 11am – 12 noon
Clayton Thursday 3 August 11am – 12noon
Bolling Hall Thursday 3 August 2pm – 3pm
Manningham Friday 4 August 11.30am – 12.30pm
Holmewood Monday 7 August 2pm – 3pm
Keighley Wednesday 9 August 2pm – 3pm
Laisterdyke Thursday 10August 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Wyke Friday 11 August 11am – 12noon
Thornbury Friday 11 August 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Wibsey Monday 14 August 11am – 12noon
Idle Monday 14 August 2pm – 3pm
Eccleshill Tuesday 15August 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Shipley Wednesday 16 August 11am – 12noon
City Wednesday 16 August 2pm – 3pm
Ilkley Thursday 17 August 11am – 12noon
Wrose Thursday 17 August 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Denholme Friday 18 August 11am – 12noon
Baildon Monday 21 August 2pm – 3pm


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