Gillingham Primary School

Library Summer Reading Activities

As the school year comes to an end we thought we would take the opportunity to let you know about some of the activities available through the library service this summer.


On Tuesday 14 July we’ll be welcoming children’s author Ali Sparkes who will be hosting a Zoom session to talk about her experiences as a writer.  Ali’s sessions are always hugely entertaining and we hope that this virtual opportunity will reach new audiences. This is a great opportunity for children to meet a real life artist and perhaps discover new reading choices.   This is a FREE event and booking is on Eventbrite (link - )

If you would like to ‘bring’ classes to the event, please book a place for your school and we’ll get in touch after the event to find out how many children attended. 


The Summer Reading Challenge continues online at and will run until September. 

  • Children register and set their own target for their challenge
  • They read or listen to books, comics etc. that make them happy!
  • Adding each completed book to their online profile will give a reward of online badges, games and videos
  • When their challenge is complete children download their certificate 
  • Children can take part using our digital lending services, or what they have at home.  When libraries reopen, they’ll be able to borrow library books.
  • o eBooks and audiobooks 
  • o Digital comics
  • Children who are not library members can join online for instant access to our digital services; they will be sent a library card when libraries reopen.


We’re offering a range of activities to support the Challenge and keep children engaged with reading and the arts during the Summer holidays.  Look out for details, which we’ll be posting on our website, Facebook page  and Twitter


  • We’ll be inviting children to submit a drawing for inclusion in a short animation as part of our drawing challenge – more information to follow.
  • Storytelling with Mama G will take place on Tuesday 11 August.  This Zoom event will be bookable on Eventbrite
  • We’ll have regular activities on our Facebook page throughout the summer holidays including creative activities, Storytime, Lego challenges, author blogs and more.
  • Arts Award Discover, administered by Trinity College London is available to all children aged 5+.  This introductory qualification in the Arts is designed to get children and young people engaged with and excited about the arts in the broadest sense. The attachment ‘Discover at Home’ is a guide for parents, which takes them through each stage of the award.  Taking part through Dorset Libraries if FREE, we ask that families contact us at  to register and we will be able to guide them through the process as required, moderate their work and order their certificates. All of the activities outlined above could be included in Arts Award Discover.


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We hope you enjoy a restful summer and look forward to working with you as the new school year begins.