The Summer Reading Challenge has arrived! The challenge for children aged 5-12 is to read six books over the school holidays. The theme is Animal Agents – who are investigating strange goings on in the library! Children collect stickers as they go and help crime busting creatures solve the clues to reveal the mystery!
On successfully completing the challenge, children receive a certificate and a gold medal!! There are also some excellent prizes on up for grabs this year including Dynamic Earth family passes, astronomy evenings at the Royal Observatory and Edinburgh Leisure passes, with more to be confirmed.
Pop into your local library and sign up to join in the fun. Borrow some animal agents themed books whilst you are there or any book you like. You can also find out what children’s activities will be taking place over the summer in your library whilst you are there. As well as borrowing books from the library you can even download some of our children’s ebooks and audiobooks to join in with the fun. Check out our Summer Reading Challenge collection on our OverDrive Kids site.
The Animal Agents adventure starts on the 23 June and runs until 27 August.
Don’t know about you, but the thing I really look forward to most about being on holiday is getting plenty time to read. This used to result in me taking a rather large suitcase stuffed with books. Unfortunately airlines are making it an expensive business these days to take much luggage at all. Why not do what I do and use downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and magazines so that you can travel light on luggage, but weighed down with good things to read!
OverDrive lets you borrow up to 10 ebooks or audiobooks and even works abroad if you finish what you’ve taken with you. Top tip: If you are using a tablet to read from and are finding it difficult to read because of the sun on your screen why not use the settings within the ebook to change the background colour of the paper to black with white text and viola no glare!
Audiobooks are perfect for listening to whilst travelling in the car or lying on the beach. As well as OverDrive we’ve got another two audiobook services so you’ll never run out of good things to listen to. OneClickdigital and BorrowBox have hundreds of titles to choose from and handily can be used from your smartphone making them a perfect space saving option.
My favourite holiday reading indulgence though is magazines and with Zinio I can take as many magazines as I like without weighing down my hand luggage. With 116 varied titles to choose from as well as back copies, the choice is endless. My travel favourites are National Geographic Traveller (so I can plan the next trip!), Top Sante (so I can feel healthy whilst lounging around) and HELLO! (to see how the other half live!).
If you’re staying in the UK for your holiday this year, or just planning a long weekend away you can use your library card to log on to Know UK and access these travel guides online:
Blue Guide to Ireland
Blue Guide to the Museums and Galleries of London
Blue Guide to Oxford and Cambridge
The Good Food Guide
The Rough Guide to Devon and Cornwall
The Rough Guide to England
The Rough Guide to The Lake District
The Rough Guide to London
The Rough Guide to Scotland
The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands & Islands
The Rough Guide to Wales
Going further afield? We’ve got travel guides from Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Time Out and others for every destination under the sun. Browse the selection at your local library or search our catalogue for the location of your choice.
And if you want to brush up on the lingo before you go log on to Tell me more, our new language learning software.
Join in the festive fun at Edinburgh City Libraries! Make your own cards and presents, get help and advice with online shopping or come along to one of our Christmas parties, storytimes or Bookstart Rhymetimes. Contact your local library to find out what’s happening…
There’s more! Dr Book prescribes these glittery festive reads:
And for older readers: if you find yourself with some spare time for reading over the holiday period, we’ve got the tools to find the right books for you.
Last but not least: Opening hours. Libraries will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Hogmanay and will re-open again on the following Tuesdays (29th December and 5th January) at their usual times, but remember many of our services are available online 24 hours a day 365 days a year.