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Reading Challenge 2023

Young volunteers needed to support Summer Reading Challenge 2023

  • Summer Reading Challenge 2023 launches on 8 July
  • Volunteers sought aged 14-18 who are enthusiastic about reading
  • Opportunity to develop new skills and work experience
Feb half-term

Fun-packed half-term in store for families this February

  • Free and low-cost events and creative activities across Reading during the February half-term
Chinese and British Exhibition flyer from the British Library

Explore British Chinese communities and culture with Reading Libraries this December

  • Library exhibition explores British Chinese communities and culture
  • A free Chinese Brush painting session is on offer at Reading Central Library on Saturday 3 December
  • Hear traditional Chinese stories and take part in Chinese crafts on Saturday 10 December
Ayo storytelling

Reading Libraries announces five new guest speakers as part of its ‘Reading Libraries Telling Stories’ series

  • ‘Reading Libraries Telling Stories’ is a series of diverse and uplifting storytelling sessions, from a wide range of people from the Reading community and beyond.
  • The first session is on Saturday 3 December at 1.30pm at Reading Central Library.
  • The storytelling sessions are completely free and are suitable for all ages.
Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers group photo

Children’s reading given a huge boost this year with successful Summer Reading Challenge

  • 1,529 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2022
  • Over 33 young people volunteered with Reading Library service to support the challenge
  • Young volunteers clocked up a whopping 568 hours and 25 minutes over the summer

Reading Libraries to abolish fines and fees

  • Proposal to remove overdue fines and reservation fees
  • Aim to remove any potential barriers to library use and encourage more residents to use Reading’s libraries
Aida-H-Dee (1)

Reading Libraries to host Aida the Storytime Drag Queen in July

  • Interactive storytelling aims to promote diversity and acceptance.
  • The free Story Hour sessions will be on offer on 25 and 26 July.
Hexagon new space - artists impression

Council reveals £20 million bid to revitalise Hexagon and Central Library

  • Council to submit £20 million bid for Government ‘Levelling Up’ funding
  • Opportunity to revitalise and breathe new life into Reading's cultural and learning offer
  • Proposals to transform the Hexagon and build a new Central Library
Volunteer with Reading Libraries

Young volunteers needed to support Summer Reading Challenge

  • Volunteers sought between 14 and 18 who are enthusiastic about reading.
  • Opportunity to develop new skills and work experience.
  • Summer Reading Challenge 2022 launches on 9 July.
Maiwand Lion

New booklet celebrates the history of Reading’s Maiwand Lion

  • Fascinating insight into Reading’s most famous monument
  • Available from Reading Libraries now
Image shows the performance of ‘Same Same...But Different’ by members of the Sonia Sabri Company at Palmer Park in August 2021. Sonia Sabri Company is a leading contemporary South Asian dance and music company based in the UK.

Rediscover events and activities at Reading Libraries this October

  • Rediscover free family events and activities at Reading Libraries this October.
  • A lively calendar includes performance, arts & crafts, treasure hunts, author readings and workshops.