Kids invited to join Animal Agents

by | 2 August 2017 | Community Focus, Education and Learning, Gainsborough, Hobbies

Lincolnshire Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017 at all Lincolnshire Libraries.

The Summer Reading Challenge, which is organised nationally by The Reading Agency, encourages four to 11-year olds to borrow and read any six library books, during the summer holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents, based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals — furry, scaly and slippery — who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends. Tony Ross, the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator (creator of the Little Princess books, illustrator of the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, and of books by David Walliams and Claire Balding), has created this year’s exclusive artwork.

To take part in Animal Agents, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they will be given a collector’s folder to keep a record of their reading journey. As children read at least six library books over the summer, they collect stickers which will help them crack the clues and make sure the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes!

Sue Wilkinson, CEO, The Reading Agency, said: “At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. This year we hope the wonderful characters created for us by Tony Ross will inspire more children than ever to take part and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond.”

Animal Agents launches in libraries across Lincolnshire on 15th July and runs until 9th September.

To celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge there is a jam-packed programme of events planned at Gainsborough Library. There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including:

  • Thursday 20th July — 4.00pm – 4.30pm — Summer Reading Challenge Launch
  • Thursday 27th July — 10.30am – 11.30am — Learn all about Owls – Meet Brillo
  • Thursday 3rd August — 11.00am – 11.30am – Spy Agent – make your Special Agent ID card. Can you crack the code?
  • Thursday 10th August — 11.00am – 11.30am – It’s Agents Clay Time — Create you own clay animal agent
  • Thursday 17th August — 11.00am – 11.30am – Slithering Sock Snake — Make a sock snake and Agent Birdie binoculars
  • Thursday 24th August — 11.00am – 11.30am – Animal Footprint — Whose paw is on my cake? Do you know who the footprint belongs to?
  • Thursday 31st August — 11.00am — 11.30am — Treasure Hunt. Eye Spy — can you find the culprit?
  • Thursday 7th September — 4.00pm — 4.30pm — Celebration Event for those completing the SRC

To find out more contact your local Lincolnshire Library or go to or follow us on Twitter and Facebook @Lincslibraries.

GLL run the Lincolnshire Library Service in partnership with Lincolnshire Country Council and Nicola Rogers, Partnership Manager for Lincolnshire Libraries said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is one of our most popular annual activities, and this year we are especially excited this year to be working alongside The Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, Skegness Natureland and Tattershall Farm Park who have all donated some great prizes. All the children who read six books and complete the Reading Challenge will be entered in to a prize draw to win entry tickets to these fabulous Lincolnshire attractions. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Park are also providing the top two prizes of a Tiger Experience and Lemur Experience”.