‘Space Chase’: Children’s Reading Challenge 2019

The Reading Agency and Darlington Libraries present ‘Space Chase’ Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

Children aged 2-16 can join the library for free and borrow books to earn an ‘intergalactic reward’.

New joiners need to visit the library and borrow books three times over the Summer Holidays (13th July-7th September) to earn themselves an out-of-this-world experience at either Create and Paint or the Gamers Lounge.

Age restrictions apply.

How to book

Tickets will be available to book on Eventbrite from 8am on Wednesday 17th July. All tickets are non-refundable.

Unless otherwise stated accompanying under-1s are free but must be booked. Go to www.eventbrite.co.uk or download the app.

  • For more information please visit Crown Street Library, Darlington  DL1 1ND
  • Call 01325 349610
  • Visit the library’s website

From Monday 22nd July to Saturday 27th of July, the libraries will host a week of fabulous FREE fun to launch your summer reading challenge journey.

Fun with Lego
Drop in for fun with LEGO. Suitable for all ages.
Monday 22nd July (10am -11am) Cockerton Library.
Monday 22nd July at 1.30pm: storytelling with Kay Wilson at Crown Street Library.
Monday 22nd July and Friday 26th of July (2pm-4pm) Crown Street Library.

Space Chase Arts and Crafts
Drop in and create some out-of-this-world crafts. Recommended for 3- to 7-year-olds.
Wednesday 24th July and Friday 26th July (10am-11am) Cockerton Library.
Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th July (2pm-4pm) Crown Street Library.

Scrap Junk Challenge
Drop in and see what you can create out of the Scrap and Junk box.
Recommended for 3- to 7-year-olds.
Wednesday 24th July (2pm-4pm) Crown Street Library.


EVENTS FOR 0 to 3-YEAR-OLDS

BEAR’S ADVENTURES

Join the library staff throughout the summer for these weekly interactive story, rhyme and sensory play sessions and follow Bear on his adventures while collecting stickers for your book along the way. £3.50 per child. Booking required for every baby and child attending.

A TRIP TO THE PARK
Crown Street Library – Monday 29th July
9.30am – 10.30am (0 – 1 years)
10.45am – 11.45am (0 – 3 years)
Cockerton Library – Tuesday 30th July9.30am – 10.30am (0 – 1 years)
10.45am – 11.45am (0 – 3 years)

LET’S GO SHOPPING
Crown Street Library – Monday 5th August
9.30am – 10.30am (0 – 1 years)
10.45am – 11.45am (0 – 3 years)
Cockerton Library – Tuesday 6th August
9.30am – 10.30am (0 – 1 years)
10.45am – 11.45am (0 – 3 years)

FUN AT THE SEASIDE
Crown Street Library – Monday 12th August
9.30am – 10.30am (0 – 1 years)
10.45am – 11.45am (0 – 3 years)
Cockerton Library – Tuesday 13th August
9.30am – 10.30am (0 – 1 years)
10.45am – 11.45am (0 – 3 years)

TIME FOR BED, SLEEPYHEAD
Crown Street Library – Monday 19th August
9.30am – 10.30am (0 – 1 years)
10.45am – 11.45am (0 – 3 years)
Cockerton Library – Tuesday 20th August
9.30am – 10.30am (0 – 1 years)
10.45am – 11.45am (0 – 3 years)

Wonderful Walks

Free – booking required
Thursday 1st August
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE GRUFFALO
Join us for an interactive walk exploring the deep, dark woods with storytelling and rhymes.
Recommended for 0- to 3-year-olds.
(10.30am-11.30am) South Park

Friday 16th August
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
Join us for an interactive walk through the swishy-swashy grass and the squelchy mud with storytelling and rhymes.
Recommended for 0- to 3-year-olds
(10.30am – 11.30am ) South Park


Events for 3- to 7-year-olds

Wednesday 31st July
Princess Party
Join Cinderella, Beauty and Princess Snow and learn how to be a little princess just like them! With singing, dancing, games and prizes and a special meet and greet too!
(10.30am – 11.30am) Crown Street Library
(1.30pm – 2.30pm) Cockerton Library
£5 per child – booking required

Wednesday 7th August
Super Heroes Show
The superheroes have been very busy this year trying to save the world, but Batman and Spider-Man have taken time out of their busy schedules to come and meet you. Get ready for games, prizes and dancing and to meet your heroes!
(10.30am – 11.30am) Crown Street Library
(1.30pm – 2.30pm) Cockerton Library
£5 per child – Booking required

Thursday 8th August
Mind Boggling Magic with Tom Rolfe
A fun-filled energetic show jam-packed with juggling, unicycling, magic, puppets, circus skills, mind boggling balloon modelling and much more…
(10.30am – 11.30am) Crown Street Library
Recommended for children aged 3 and above
£5 per child – booking required

Wednesday 14th August
The Greatest Show
Join Darlington Academy of Performing Arts and learn to sing and dance to songs from the smash-hit movie, ‘The Greatest Showman’. If you fancy yourself as the next P.T Barnum or just love the movie, come along and give it a try.
(10.30am – 11.30am) Crown Street Library
(1.30pm – 2.30pm) Cockerton Library
Recommended for 4- to 8-year-olds
£3.50 per child – booking required

Wednesday 21st August
Toy Story
Join our toys for a fun filled day with games and prizes. We will train you on how to be a toy but get ready to hide… you never know when Andy might be coming!
(10.30am – 11.30am) Crown Street Library
(1.30pm – 2.30pm) Cockerton Library
£5 per child – booking required

Wednesday 28th August
Starting School
Story, Rhyme and Activity Session specifically for children about to join Reception Class – includes gift!
(1.30pm – 2.30pm) Cockerton Library
£3.50 per child – booking required
(Any accompanying children are priced at £1 per child)


Get Crafty!

Thursday 22nd August
Create and Paint
Choose a pottery animal or item and get creative with the help of Create and Paint.
(10am – 11am) (11.15am – 12.15pm)
Crown Street Library
Recommended for children aged 3+
£5 per child which includes one item to paint – booking required

JOIN LEARNING AND SKILLS FOR THEMED ARTS AND CRAFTS.

Monday 5th August
The World of Julia Donaldson
(2.15pm – 3.30pm) Crown Street Library
Free – booking required

Monday 12th August
The World of Beatrix Potter
(2.15pm – 3.30pm) Cockerton Library
Free – booking required

Monday 19th August
Fairy tales
(2.15pm – 3.30pm)
Crown Street Library
Free – booking required

Tuesday 27th August
Mr Men and Little Miss
(10am – 11.30am) Cockerton Library
Free – booking required


EVENTS FOR 7- to 11-YEAR-OLDS

Friday 9th August
Your Diary as a Wimpy Kid
Draw and bring to life your very own Wimpy Kid story with help from book illustrator Liz Million. Watch your story come alive with the use of Stop Animation techniques. A book gift for all.
(9.30am – 11am) (10.30am – noon) (12.30pm – 2pm)
Crown Street Library
£5 per Child – booking required

Friday 23rd August
Stop Animation Workshops
Learn how to plan and film your very own stop animation films using a variety of tools from modelling clay and LEGO through to using popular toy figures. Our animation workshops will allow you to explore your creative side and make your imagination come alive.
(2pm – 4.00pm)
Crown Street Library
£3.50 per Child – booking required

Thursday 25th July and Thursday 8th August for 7- to 9-year-olds
Thursday 1st August and Thursday 15th August for 10 years and over

Friday 23rd August
Harry Potter Day
Wizarding fancy dress is welcome as you meet the birds from the Harry Potter films and learn to draw the characters with book illustrator Liz Million.
(9.30am – 11am) (10.30am – noon) (12.30pm – 2pm) (1.30pm – 3pm)
Crown Street Library
£5 per Child – booking required

Blast off into outer space in our Planetarium
Friday 2nd August and Saturday 24th August
Crown Street Library
£5 per child, all children attending must have a ticket

For Space Cadets aged 3-5
(9.15am-9.45am) (10am-10.30am)

Watch the sun set and see the stars appear and discover patterns in the sky inside our Planetarium Dome.
For Space Cadets aged 6-10
(11am-noon) (1pm-2pm)

Take one giant step into our Planetarium Dome to discover the solar system and learn about the adventures of astronauts.
For Space Cadets aged 9-14
(2pm-3pm)

Take one giant leap into our Planetarium Dome and look to the stars and discover more about the science of space.