Chesterfield Library’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ is already a hit with local children and the town’s MP is urging more kids to take up the challenge.Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, visited the library’s ‘Electro-Dough activity’ this week where children were creating shapes and sculptures with flashing lights and buzzers using conductive dough.Toby said “This activity, which was free to attend, is a great way of encouraging children to make use of the library. They were learning about electricity and clearly having a lot of fun. I would urge all parents to have a look at what events are coming up at the library and getting involved.’The theme for this year’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ is ‘Gadgeteers’ and is aimed at sparking children’s curiosity about the world around them. With resources and activities from the Science Museum Group, the Challenge focuses on inspiring children to see the science and innovation behind everyday objects, showing that reading and science are for everyone.All children need to do is to select their books from the library, read them and talk to their local librarian about what they enjoyed and what they learnt. Then, they get stickers to put in their activity book.He continued “ The Summer Reading Challenge is a great idea and can help ensure that children keep their reading skills up during the holidays and the different activities are a great low-cost activity for parent. I also want to thank the staff and volunteers at the library for their amazing work.”

Toby at Chesterfield Library
Toby at Chesterfield Library
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