More than 7,000 children join the Space Chase for the North Yorkshire Summer Reading Challenge

Josh and Ben at Harrogate

More than 7,000 children in North Yorkshire have signed up for Space Chase, this year’s library Summer Reading Challenge.

There is plenty of room for more to join with what promises to be an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children are invited to pop into the nearest library to sign up and receive a collector’s folder to keep a record of their reading journey.

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Space Chase will be orbiting North Yorkshire libraries until Saturday 7 September, 2019.

All children, aged up to 11 years, are invited to borrow six library books over the summer and team up with futuristic family the Rockets for an exciting space mission.

Books are vanishing off library shelves and the Rocket family has been tasked with getting them back.

Adam, first finisher at Skipton

Participating children can read any type of book, fiction, factual, joke, picture, audio or e-books, as long as they are borrowed from the library.

Along the way, they will collect stickers, bookmarks, a space-themed snakes and ladders game and an alien window clinger.

Certificates and medals are awarded to children who complete the challenge.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “It’s very encouraging to see more than 7,000 children sign up during the first couple of weeks of the challenge, but our libraries would love to welcome more on board.

“We’re particularly keen to welcome pre-school children to instill the reading habit early.

“Celebrating space exploration is topical, so I’m sure more young readers will want to hop on board this exciting adventure.

This year marks 20 years of libraries and the Reading Agency working together to keep children reading throughout the summer.”