Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018

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Join Bradford Libraries this summer for the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018 for children from 4 to 12 years old.

The challenge is a national initiative to encourage primary age children to continue to read throughout the summer holidays. Research has shown that the Summer Reading Challenge improves children’s enjoyment of reading, as well as their reading range, confidence and motivation and it helps prevent the summer holiday dip in literacy skills.

All our libraries will be involved in the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018, which this year is celebrating the Beano 80th anniversary. Every child who joins will receive a fold-up poster with six Beano character stickers to collect. There are also bookmarks, colour-in card glasses and wristbands to collect as you read more books. Every child who reads 6 books will receive a certificate and medal complete with presentation wallet which not only marks their achievement but are also fantastic to take back to school in September to impress teachers and friends!

Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018 will celebrate adventure, friendship, reading and fun with all our libraries having activities for children to support the challenge. Whether you enjoy drawing comic characters; watching rib-tickling comic performances; meeting the Dog’s Trust; discovering animal tricks or learning a few for yourself from our Magician or simply creating your own comic story - we’ll have exciting and fun activities for all children (and parents too!). To find out library opening times and more details, contact your local library.

Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018 starts Saturday, 14 July and bookings for all events will be taken from that date only.

Join us for:

"Dennis & Gnasher" performed by Simon Kerrigan and Sian Williams

Dennis 1©DC Thomson Ltd (2018)

The performance will see Dennis and Gnasher emerging from a dusty old suitcase. It is the start of the summer holidays and Dennis is a bit bored and looking for fun. Then Dennis makes an amazing discovery…

The performance will include clowning, puppetry, pranks and lots of fun. The performance is 30 minutes long and is suitable for families with children between 4 to 12 yrs. All places must be booked and all children have to register onto the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge before booking a place.

Library Date Time
Wibsey Thursday, 26 July 12.30pm to 1pm
Manningham Thursday, 26 July 2.30pm to 3pm
Laisterdyke Friday, 27 July 12.30pm to 1pm
Holme Wood Friday, 27 July 2.30pm to 3pm
Keighley Tuesday, 7 August 11am to 11.30am
Wyke Tuesday, 7 August 2pm to 2.30pm
Shipley Wednesday, 8 August 11am to 11.30am
Bingley Wednesday, 8 August 2pm to 2.30pm

Crazy Comic in a Day with Comic Artist Dr. Simpo

To celebrate 80 years of the Beano and 55 years of the first ever Beano (and Dandy) Summer Special we have a fantastic Comic Book Creators Workshop, where you can have a go at creating a crazy character of your very own. Your character will feature, with all the other workshop attendees’ creations, within a mini comic book anthology that will be sent to the Beano HQ at the end of the summer. We have 2D, 3D and Animation Workshops available for 7 to 14 years. Spaces are limited for these events. Please contact the library in advance for place availability. Booking essential and you will need to join the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge before booking.

Library Date Time
Shipley Saturday, 4 August 3D Animation Workshops 10am to 3.30pm
Burley Monday, 6 August Comic Art & Design Workshop 10am to 3.30pm
Eccleshill Tuesday, 7 August Comic Art & Design Workshop 10am to 3.30pm
Thornbury Wednesday, 8 August Comic Art & Design Workshop 10am to 3.30pm
Menston Thursday, 9 August Comic Art & Design Workshop 10am to 3.30pm
Baildon Monday, 13 August Comic Art & Design Workshop 10am to 3.30pm
Ilkley Tuesday, 14 August Comic Art & Design Workshop 10am to 3.30pm
City Saturday, 18 August 3D Animation Workshops 10am to 2.30pm

Motley Zoo with ZooLab

Discover the comic capers of ZooLab animals and find out what mischief they have in store as they hatch a cunning plan to save an endangered animal. Suitable for 4 to 12 years old. Spaces are limited for this event. Please contact the library in advance for place availability. Booking essential and you will need to join the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge before booking.

Library Date Time
Thornton Wednesday, 25 July 11am to 12noon
Keighley Wednesday, 25 July 2pm to 3pm
Bingley Thursday, 26 July 2pm to 3pm
Thornbury Friday, 27 July 11am to 12noon
Silsden Friday, 27 July 2pm to 3pm
Ilkley Monday, 30 July 2pm to 3pm
Burley Tuesday, 31 July 11am to 12noon
Wyke Tuesday, 31 July 2pm to 3pm
Idle Monday, 20 August 2pm to 3pm
Shipley Tuesday, 21 August 11am to 12noon
City Wednesday, 22 August Fully booked
Queensbury Wednesday, 22 August 3.15pm to 4.15pm
Heaton Hub Thursday, 23 August 11am to 12 noon
Laisterdyke Thursday, 23 August 2pm to 3pm
Holme Wood Friday, 24 August 2pm to 3pm

Dog’s Trust Workshops with Laura - Jane Muscroft

Gnasher 1©DC Thomson Ltd (2018)

Find out about caring for your own “Gnasher”, meet Laura’s Dog’s Trust dog “Winnie” and get busy with some story and craft activities related to the Dog’s Trust. This event is for families with children up to 12 years old. There are very limited spaces. Please contact the library in advance for place availability. Booking essential and you will need to join the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge before booking.

Library Date Time
Eccleshill Wednesday, 1 August 11am to 12noon
City Wednesday, 1 August 2pm to 3pm
Baildon Thursday, 2 August 11am to 12noon
Laisterdyke Thursday, 2 August 2pm to 3pm
Thornton Wednesday, 8 August 11am to 12 noon
Queensbury Wednesday, 8 August 3pm to 4pm
Holme Wood Thursday, 9 August 11am to 12 noon
Ilkley Thursday, 9 August 2pm to 3pm
Bingley Wednesday, 15 August 11am to 12 noon
Keighley Wednesday,15 August 2pm to 3pm
Clayton Thursday, 16 August 11am to 12 noon
Burley Thursday, 16 August 2pm to 3pm

Magician Workshop with Eugene Matthais

Come along and learn some magic tricks with Eugene Matthais from the Magic Club. If that’s not enough, you will then perform with Eugene to family and friends. This event is suitable for 6 to 11 years olds. There are limited places. Please contact the library in advance for place availability. Booking essential and you will need to join the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge before booking.

Library Date Time
Denholme Library Monday, 20 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Clayton Library Monday, 20 August 2pm to 3pm
Eccleshill Library Tuesday, 21 August 1pm to 2pm
Manningham Library Tuesday, 21 August 3pm to 4pm

Superhero Story Writing Workshop with Explore Learning

Get creative and have fun too writing about your favourite Superheroes or why not create your own. Explore Learning will show children from 7 to 12 years how to write fantastic stories on the theme of comic heroes. Are you the next graphic novel best seller? There are limited places. Please contact the library in advance for place availability. Booking essential and you will need to join the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge before booking.

Library Date Time
St Augustine's Wednesday, 8 August 1pm to 2pm
Idle Thursday, 9 August 1pm to 2pm
Heaton Hub Tuesday, 14 August 1pm to 2pm
Menston Thursday, 23 August 11.30am to 12.30pm
Silsden Tuesday, 28 August 3pm to 4pm

All our summer activities are very popular and many of our events require pre-booking. Please contact the library in advance before making a special journey. Some of our events will be unsuitable for organised groups please check in advance with the library if you want to bring a group of children.

Arts Council England, Beano, Summer Reading Challenge, The Reading Agency

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