Hot on the heels of The Big Malarkey Festival, a friendly bee lady, an adventuring moth and a penguin called North will be encouraging children to read this summer as Hull Libraries launches its very own bespoke summer reading challenge.
The challenge – called The Hull fREADom Quest – not only encourages children to read and visit the library, but to get out and about to enjoy some of the cultural delights and events that are taking place in the city this summer.
While the concept of our summer quest is ultimately to read six books, our aim was to keep it fun and exciting, an adventure, and to make it personal to Hull’s young people with our own characters.
– Councillor Terry Geraghty
Children from Cleeve Primary School worked with Hull Libraries to create Hull-themed characters to feature in the challenge, specially created to celebrate our year as the UK City of Culture. Coming up with a friendly bee lady called Jean, an adventuring Moth named Amy, North the Penguin, King Billy the Elephant, Blade the Seagull and Wilber the Peacock, the characters have been created especially for the challenge, to take children on a reading adventure to discover Hull’s hidden gems.
Based on the concept of a treasure quest, the libraries team has created a challenger booklet, which includes six fun activities. From designing a dream reading den to a library scavenger hunt it folds out into an interactive activity map of Hull, as young people are encouraged to read in unusual places across the city and to tick off and colour in where their reading adventures have taken them.
Councillor Terry Geraghty, Hull City Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure and Chair of Hull Culture & Leisure Limited, said: “Rather than join in with the national summer reading challenge, this year to celebrate Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture, , we wanted to create our very own Hull-themed challenge. Launched during Hull 2017’s summer season, Freedom, we’ve called it The Hull fREADom Quest 2017, a summer reading challenge which not only encourages children to read and visit one of Hull’s libraries, but to get out and about to enjoy some of our city’s fantastic culture, museums, libraries and parks.
“During the summer holidays, Hull’s libraries have an action-packed programme of activities, most of which are free. From science experiments to puppet performances, there are so many opportunities to keep the kids busy while learning new skills. While the concept of our summer quest is ultimately to read six books, our aim was to keep it fun and exciting, an adventure, and to make it personal to Hull’s young people with our own characters.”
Challenger booklets will be available in all 13 libraries across the city from Sat 29 Jul. Each week visit any library to get your booklet stamped, collect a character sticker and choose a new book. On completion of the quest, treasure will be waiting.