Summer Reading Challenge 2015

Join the Summer Reading Challenge!

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all free and open to all children.

This year’s theme is Record Breakers. The Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records to bring the worlds of fact and fiction together. Take part and see what weird, wonderful and wacky records you will discover.

Events and activities

Jump straight to events: 10 - 16 August 17 - 23 August 24 - 30 August 31 Aug -  22 Sept

There are lots of Record Breakers events happening in Westminster Libraries throughout the summer - pick up a leaflet in your local library or download one here: 

Charing Cross | Church Street | Maida Vale | Marylebone     
Mayfair | Paddington | Pimlico | Queen's Park
St John's Wood | Victoria

10-16 August

  • World Record Journeys: Come for a bumpy journey around the world in a record breaking race. 
    ​Monday 10 August, 10.30-11.30am at Pimlico Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Diddidance: Funky dance sessions for pre-schoolers and their grown-ups. 
    ​Monday 10 August, 10.30-11.00am at Charing Cross Library.
    For children under 5.
  • The Hunt: Go on a record breaking, fact finding mission in a race against time!
    ​Monday 10 August, 2.30-3.30pm at Marylebone Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • PacMan Challenge: Test yourself on the PacMan console – improve your personal best or try for the top score to win.
    ​Monday 10 and Wednesday 12 August, 2.00-5.00pm at Charing Cross Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Wacky Vehicles: Let your imagination run wild – make the craziest car, plane or boat you can. 
    Monday 10 August, 2.30-4.00pm at Maida Vale Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Mega Movie: Another chance to grab some free popcorn and watch one of the latest blockbusters. 
    ​Monday 10 August, 3.30-5.30pm at Queen's Park Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Record Breaking Comics: Explore wacky record breaking comic characters and create your own fantastical comic book. Part of the Arts Award.
    ​Monday 10 August, 2.00-3.30pm at St John's Wood Library.
    For children aged 7+
  • Mini Pom Poms: The world’s largest pom pom is 1.21 meters high. Make your own mini version.
    ​Tuesday 11 August, 2.30-3.30pm at Church Street Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Zoo Lab: Meet some amazing animals and find out record breaking facts about them. Booking required.
    Tuesday 11 August, 2.00-3.00pm Paddington Children's Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Crazy Comic Club: Join artist James for this workshop where he’ll show you how to create your own comics. Tips, tricks and artistic awesomeness! Booking required.
    ​Tuesday 11 August, 2.00-4.00pm at Queen's Park Library. For children aged 7+
  • Baby Rhyme Time: Celebrate world records with colourful rhymes.
    ​Wednesday 12 August, 10.30-11.00am Paddington Children's Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Crazy about Animals: Arts, crafts, games and stories.
    ​Wednesday 12 August, 10.30-11.30am at St John's Wood Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Debutots: Dip tiny toes into the magical world of storytelling, imaginative play, bubbles and music.
    ​Wednesday 12 August, 10.30-11.00am at Victoria Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Mega Monsters: Make a magical mega monster inspired by fantastical creatures in the Wallace Collection.
    Wednesday 12 August, 2.30-3.30pm at Church Street Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Boo Hiccup: Join children’s entertainer Boo Hiccup for a comedy magic show.
    ​Wednesday 12 August, 2.30-3.30pm at Maida Vale Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Bollywood Vibes: Learn some Bollywood moves in this fun dance workshop.
    Wednesday 12 August, 2.00-3.00pm at Pimlico Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • The Wheels on the Bus: Storytime and songs followed by crafts.
    ​Thursday 13 August, 10.30-11.30am at Church Street Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Record Breaking Covers: A mystery activity session.
    ​Thursday 13 August, 2.30-4.30pm at Victoria Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Mega Monsters: Make a magical mega monster inspired by fantastical creatures in the Wallace Collection.
    ​Thursday 13 August, .2.00-3.30pm at Marylebone Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Mega Games League: Paper planes and Jenga towers – how fast or high can you go? Compete against other libraries and be in with the chance to win prizes.
    ​Thursday 13th August, 2.00-3.30pm at St John's Wood Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Under 5s Rhyme Time: Celebrate all things fast with songs, stories and crafts.
    ​Friday 14 August, 10.30-11.00am at Maida Vale Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Toddler Time: Celebrate world records with colourful rhymes and crafts.
    ​Friday 14 August, 10.30-11.00am Paddington Children's Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Mini Movie: Songs and rhymes followed by a mini-movie and refreshments.
    ​Friday 14 August, 10.30-11.30am at Queen's Park Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Garden Explorers: Join in a treasure hunt in the library garden.
    Saturday 15 August, 10.30am-12midday at Marylebone Library.
    For children under 5.

 

17 - 23 August

  • Who am I? Songs about animals from the jungle and farm. Afterwards make your own animal mask.
    ​Monday 17 August, 10.30-11.30am at Charing Cross Library.
    For children under 5.
  • World Record Games: Join us for a session of toddler games and fairy tales.
    ​Monday 17 August, 10.30-11.30am at Pimlico Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Amazing masks: Make a mask of the fiercest, strongest or biggest animal you can.
    ​Monday 17 August, 2.30-4.00pm at Maida Vale Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Monster Fun: A fun packed session based on the new book How to Win a Monster Race by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves.
    Monday 17 August, 2.30-3.30pm at Marylebone Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Arts Award: Find out what inspires you and share your talents. 
    ​Monday 17 August, 2-3.30pm at St John's Wood Library.
    For children aged 7+
  • Giant loom band bracelet: The world’s largest loom band bracelet is 753.39 meters long. Join in some loom banding and help make one giant bracelet.
    ​Tuesday 18 August, 2.30-3.30pm at Church Street Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • All the things I can do… Actions, songs and rhymes about our bodies – clap, jump and point.
    Tuesday 18 August, 10.30-11.30am at Mayfair Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Make Your Own Music Workshop: Create your own amazing musical instruments from recycled materials – how loud or quiet can you make it?
    ​Tuesday 18 August, 2.30-4.00pm at Queen's Park Library.
    All ages
  • Baby Rhyme Time: Celebrate world records with rhymes.
    ​Wednesday 19 August, 10.30-11.00am Paddington Children's Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Alphabet Pictures: Make a colourful picture using your initials.
    ​Wednesday 19 August, 10.30-11.30am at Victoria Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Mega Games League: Paper planes and Jenga towers – how fast or high can you go? Compete against other libraries and be in with the chance to win prizes.
    Wednesday 19 August, 2.00-4.00pm Paddington Children's Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Story Poppin’ and Puppets: Create puppets and join in stories.
    ​Wednesday 19 August, 10.30-11.30am at St John's Wood Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Mega Monsters: Make a mega-monster inspired by the fantastical creatures in the Wallace Collection.
    ​Wednesday 19 August, 2.00-3.30pm at Victoria Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Row, row, row your boat: Stories and songs followed by a picture activity.
    ​Thursday 20 August, 10.30-11.30am at Church Street Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Terry Deary’s Sea Monsters: Join storyteller John Kirk as he retells the tale of one small ship’s record breaking adventure on the high seas. 
    ​Thursday 20 August, 11.30am-12.15pm at Maida Vale Library.
    For children aged 6+
  • Terry Deary’s Sea Monsters: Join storyteller John Kirk as he retells the tale of one small ship’s record breaking adventure on the high seas. Booking required.
    Thursday 20 August, 2.00-3.00pm Paddington Children's Library.
  • For children aged 6+
  • Terry Deary’s Sea Monsters: Join storyteller John Kirk as he retells the tale of one small ship’s record breaking adventure on the high seas. Part of the Arts Award.
    Thursday 20 August, 4.00-5.00pm at St John's Wood Library.
    For children aged 6+
  • Mike Belgraves’ Krazy Komedy Show for Kids: Hilarious kids show with stupid songs, krazy kartoons and lots and lots of silliness!
    ​Thursday 20 August, 12.00 noon-1.00pm at Marylebone Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Mike Belgrave’s Krazy Komedy Show for Kids: Hilarious kids show with stupid songs, krazy cartoons and lots and lots of silliness!
    Thursday 20 August, 3.00-4.00pm at Pimlico Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Tiger Tales: Share stories about the world’s biggest cat, then create your own tiger collage.
    ​Thursday 20 August, 2.30-4.30pm at Queen's Park Library.
    All ages
  • Under 5s Rhyme Time: Celebrate all things slow with songs, stories and crafts.
    ​Friday 21 August, 10.30-11.00am at Maida Vale Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Dinosaur Roar: Songs and dino stories, and make your own dinosaur collage.
    ​Friday 21 August, 10.30-11.30am at Queen's Park Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Toddler Time: Celebrate world records with rhymes and crafts.
    Friday 21 August, 10.30-11.00am Paddington Children's Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Colouring Prizes: Take part in a creative colouring competition and you could win a prize!
    Saturday 22 August, 10.30am-12.00 noon at Marylebone Library.
    For children under 5.

 

24-30 August

  • World Record Colours: Make the most colourful collage you can.
    ​Monday 24 August, 10.30-11.30am at Pimlico Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Who am I? Songs about animals from the jungle and farm, afterwards make your own animal mask.
    ​Tuesday 25 August, 10.30-11.30am at Mayfair Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Funny Sunglasses: Design and create your own fun sunglasses out of different materials.
    Tuesday 25 August, 2.30-3.30pm at Church Street Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Record Breaking Badge Making: Design and make your own brilliant badges.
    ​Tuesday 25 August, 2.30-4.00pm at Queen's Park Library
    For children aged 5+
  • Baby Rhyme Time: Celebrate world records with favourite rhymes.
    Wednesday 26 August, 10.30-11.00am Paddington Children's Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Record Breakers Party: Join us for some party games to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. There’s still time to complete the challenge, and there’s still time to party!
    Wednesday 26 August, 2.30-3.30pm at Church Street Library.
    All ages
  • Mega Games League: Paper planes and Jenga towers – how fast or high can you go? Compete against other libraries and be in with the chance to win prizes.
    ​Wednesday 26 August, 2.30-4.00pm at Maida Vale Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Mega Monsters: Make a magical mega monster inspired by the fantastical creatures in the Wallace Collection.
    ​Wednesday 26 August, 2.00-3.30pm at Pimlico Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • End of Summer Party: Celebrate your summer of reading with party games and food.
    Wednesday 26 August, 10.30-12.00 noon at St John's Wood Library.
    For children under 5.
  • End of Summer Party: Play games, win prizes and enjoy party food.
    ​Wednesday 26 August, 2.30-4.00pm at Queen's Park Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Incy Wincy Spider: Songs and stories plus a craft activity to take home.
    ​Thursday 27 August, 10.30-11.30am at Church Street Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Party! Party! Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge with games and prizes.
    ​Thursday 27 August, 10.30-11.30pm at Marylebone Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Party! Party! Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge with fun, gamesand prizes.
    ​Thursday 27 August, 2.30-3.30pm at Marylebone Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • End of Summer Party: Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge with party games and fun.
    ​Thursday 27 August, 3.00-5.00pm at Victoria Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • World Record Roundup: A look back at world records and amazing record breakers.
    ​Thursday 27 August, 2.00-3.00pm at Paddington Children's Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • End of Summer Party: Celebrate your summer of reading records with party games and food.
    ​Thursday 27 August, 2.00-3.30pm at St John's Wood Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Under 5s Rhyme Time: Celebrate all things tall with songs, stories and crafts.
    Friday 28 August, 10.30-11.00am at Maida Vale Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Toddler Time: Celebrate world records with favourite rhymes and crafts.
    ​Friday 28 August, 10.30-11.00am Paddington Children's Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Record Breakers party: Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge with food, fun and games.
    Friday 28 August, 2.30-4.00pm at Maida Vale Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • End of Summer Party: Songs, rhymes, stories, games and party food.
    ​Friday 28 August, 10.30-11.30am at Queen's Park Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Medals Galore: Make your own medal crafts.
    Saturday 29 August, 10.30am-12.00 noon at Marylebone Library.
    For children under 5.
     

31 August - 6 September

  • World Record Numbers: Counting games, songs and rhymes.
    Tuesday 1 September, 10.30-11.30am at Pimlico Library.
    For children under 5.
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom: Stories, songs and crafts.
    Thursday 3 September, 10.30-11.30am at Church Street Library.
    For children under 5.
     

7-13 September

  • Mega Games League: Paper planes and Jenga towers – how fast or high can you go? Compete against other libraries and be in with the chance to win prizes.
    Tuesday 8 September, 4.00-5.00pm at Mayfair Library.
    For children aged 5+
     

14 - 20 September

  • Mega Games League: Paper planes and Jenga towers – how fast or high can you go? Compete against other libraries and be in with the chance to win prizes.
    ​Monday 14 September, 4.00-5.00pm at Charing Cross Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Boo Hiccup: Join children’s entertainer Boo Hiccup for a comedy magic show.
    ​Tuesday 15 September, 4.00-5.00pm at Mayfair Library.
    For children aged 5+
  • Chinese Calligraphy: Learn the ancient art of writing Chinese characters.
    Thursday 17 September, 4.00-5.00pm at Charing Cross Library.
    For children aged 5+
     

21-27 September

  • Record Breakers Grand Finale Party: Join us for party games to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge.
    Tuesday 22 September, 4.00-5.00pm at Mayfair Library.
    For children aged 5+

 

 


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