The Reading Agency and Inverclyde Libraries are excited to introduce Gadgeteers, Summer Reading Challenge 2022; a celebration of science and innovation, in partnership with the Science Museum Group.
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, choose your reading goal (we recommend six books), then read any books of your choice to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE. There is a digital platform too, so the fun can carry on at home! Children can take part in the Challenge at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
The Summer Reading Challenge starts in Inverclyde on Saturday 25th June and ends on Saturday 27th August.
How to take part
IN LIBRARY BRANCHES – VISIT TO SIGN UP
- Children aged 12 and under can visit the library to sign up to the challenge
- Children should choose up to 6 books to take part. Children can borrow books in stages to complete the challenge, or borrow all 6 books at once if they are unable to visit frequently over the holidays. Children will receive a Gadgeteers poster when they sign up and will receive stickers as they read more library books
INCENTIVES FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
- ALL children who sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a voucher for a discounted cinema ticket offer courtesy of the Waterfront Cinema. This will allow a child’s ticket to be purchased at the Waterfront Cinema for the cost of £7. The ticket includes a child’s drink and popcorn.
- ALL children will receive a pack with a map and stickers along with a bookmark. Children will receive more stickers to complete their map as they read more books
- Children who complete the challenge will then collect medal and certificate to congratulate them on their success
- We will also be running the mini challenge for pre-school children. Children will receive a Gadgeteers colour-in card and will receive stickers for every book read.
PRIZE DRAWS. Every child who completes the challenge will be entered into a prize draw at their library. Prize draw winners will receive a Lego pack suitable for either 18 months – 4 years or 5 years and over.
FREE EVENTS ALL SUMMER WITH INVERCLYDE LIBRARIES - PLEASE SEE LISTING DOCUMENT LINKED FOR FULL DETAILS OF DATES AND EVENTS. PLEASE CHECK EVENTBRITE FOR LISTINGS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS AND DETAILS OF WHEN TICKETS CAN BE BOOKED
STORYBOOK STEM WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AGED 5-8 YEARS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Can you help to make a beanstalk tall enough for Jack?
How can science help our favourite fairy tale characters overcome a challenge? Join Inverclyde Libraries for 2 fun interactive sessions where you will use your imagination and inventions along with enjoying traditional and alternative Fairy Tales.
Open to children aged 5-8 years and their families
Booking in advance is essential via Inverclyde Libraries Eventbrite page, and please ensure you can attend both dates for your chosen location.
GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTRE – BODYWORKS ON TOUR – FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The Glasgow Science Centre is coming to Inverclyde with the Bodyworks exhibition. This is a special FREE opportunity for children and families to get hands on and interact with these amazing exhibits.
You can see a little bit of what the portable exhibits look like in action at https://youtu.be/dXdUHF1OizE
FREE Drop-in sessions no need to book.
CRAFTERNOONS – FREE DROP IN CRAFT SESSIONS
FREE drop-in craft sessions for children and families held throughout the school holidays 04/07/22-12/08/22 – all 2-3.30pm.
Mondays – Kilmacolm Library and Central Library
Tuesdays – South West Library
Thursdays – Port Glasgow (except 14th & 21st July)
Fridays – Gourock Library and Inverkip & Wemyss Bay Library (and Port Glasgow on 15th and 22nd July)
FREE Drop-in sessions no need to book.
ANIMAL MAN’S MINI ZOO VISITS INVERCLYDE
(Booking is essential via Eventbrite)
7th July – 2-4pm – Gourock Library
3rd August- 2-4pm – Kilmacolm Library
10th August – 2-4pm – Greenock Central Library
Join in for a fun family Silent Disco at Greenock Central Library
18th July & 15th August 5pm-6pm.
No need to book, just drop-in
PAUL BRISTOW WORKSHOPS - OOR STORIES – TALES FRAE DOON THE CLYDE – FOR CHILDREN AGED 8-12
Paul Bristow will lead a programme of workshops in Greenock South West Library to capture the unique stories of Inverclyde and from Inverclyde’s young people. These workshops will culminate in the production of a compilation of stories/illustrations created at the sessions.
Dates 10th August, 11th August, 12th August all 11am-2pm
Places must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.
AUTHOR VISIT- ALEX MULLARKY - FOR CHILDREN AGED 8-12 YEARS AND FAMILIES.
Travel with author Alex Mullarky to the magical realm beneath your feet. In Alex's debut book, The Sky Beneath the Stone, Ivy must voyage into a fairy realm under the mountains to retrieve her brother, who has been transformed into a kestrel. In this session you will hear Alex read from the book, learn all about writing, make your own magical map and use it to plan your own adventure!
Places must be booked in advance via Eventbrite
Please keep checking the Inverclyde Libraries Eventbrite page as these events will open for bookings throughout the holidays.
The Writers Well
New Year, New You?
Why not join The Writer's Well, a new weekly, digital drop-in creative writing group which will meet weekly via Zoom from 18th Jan 2022. We’ll be drawing inspiration from our favourite pieces of writing, sharing prompts to encourage new writing and making new friends along the way.
Once a month we’ll meet up in person on our Writer’s Well Walks, where we’ll share our writing and seek inspiration from the world around us. These short, gentle strolls will incorporate plenty of rest and reflection breaks and time for tea/coffee and writing.
These informal, fun sessions are open to anyone who lives in, works in or is otherwise connected with Inverclyde.
Register by 10.01.22 online at the link in the Other Websites section or pop into your local library.
Sessions run each Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00. Once registered you can attend each week or drop-in whenever suits.
Got something you want to shout about? Join our weekly, digital drop-in sessions via Zoom where we’ll be discussing some of the issues impacting Inverclyde today, sharing prompts to encourage writing in response and making new friends along the way.
This is your chance to speak out on issues from climate change to inequality. Have your voice heard whether that’s through prose, poetry, or song. WORD gives you the platform to have your say, your way.
These informal, fun sessions are open to anyone age 16+ who lives in, works in, or is otherwise connected with Inverclyde.
Register by 10.01.22 online at the link in the Other Websites section of this page or pop into your local library.
Sessions run each Thursday 19:00 - 20:00 beginning 20.01.22. Once registered you can attend each week or drop-in whenever suits.
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- Central: Friday 11am-12pm. Call 01475 712323.
- Gourock: Friday 11am-12pm. Call 01475 712340.
- Port Glasgow: Tuesday 11am-12pm. Call 01475 715629.
- Kilmacolm: Monday 5pm-6pm. Call 01475 715621.
- South West: Tuesday 2pm-3pm. Call 01475 715667.