Summer Reading Challenge

The Reading Agency and libraries are excited to introduce Gadgeteers, Summer Reading Challenge 2022; a celebration of science and innovation, in partnership with the Science Museum Group.

You can sign up at any library, choose your reading goal (we recommend six books), then read any books of your choice to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE. There is a digital platform too, so the fun can carry on at home!

Event Info Time and Locationn

My Big Book of Outdoors Storywalk

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Celebrate the wonder of nature and the pleasure of being outdoors on our summer storytrails. Tim Hopgood’s My Big Book of Outdoors is the inspiration for our fun family picture trail and bug hunt this summer.

Recommended for families with children up to age 8

Find our more about our Storywalks and Storytrails


Greenhead Park, 27th July, 12pm – 4pm

Beaumont Park, 4th August, 12pm – 4pm

Wilton Park, 9th August, 12pm – 4pm

Cleckheaton Memorial Park, 18th August, 12pm – 2pm

Denby Dale Library, 19th August, 10:30am

Shepley Library, 19th August, 2:30pm

Dewsbury Country Park, 22nd August, Drop in between 12pm – 4pm

Crow Nest Park, 2nd September, 12pm – 4pm



Code Bop Session

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Come along to our fun digital storytelling and be introduced to the world of coding with our code toys.  Age 5 – 7

Lindley Library 1st August 2.30 – 3.30

Huddersfield Library 2nd August 2.30 – 3.30

Birstall Library August 8th 10.30 – 11.30

 Shepley Library August 23rd 

2.30 – 3.30


Morse Coding

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Come along to our gadget workshop. You will be making your own telegraph key and learn Morse code and practice messages. There will also be lots of fun mastering a variety of methods used to code messages. Age 7-10


Rawthorpe Dalton Library 3rd August 2.00 – 3.00

Junk Robots

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Come along to the library to create your junk robot and see how far they can race.

Age 7 – 10


Slaithwaite Library 3rd August

10 – 11.30 am

Golcar Library 30th August

10 – 11.30 am


GolWe’re Going on a Story Hunt for a Thneed!

“A thneed is a thing that everyone needs” Dr Seuss. Join John Kirk as he explores history’s brilliantly bonkers, bogus inventions.

(Book your tickets via Eventbrite here)

We’re Going on a Story Hunt! is a fun and highly interactive 30 minute session for families with children 3+ to enjoy at home.

During the session scavenger hunting and storytelling collide as we embark on exciting thematic adventures.

To coincide with the Summer Reading Challenge storyteller John Kirk will be presenting three gadget based adventures exploring the world of bizarre and bogus inventions.

Online via Zoom

15th August
10am – 10.30am
1.00pm – 1.30pm

24th August
10am – 10.30am
1.00pm – 1.30pm



Mini Professors

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At Mini Professors we show science is fun and hope to instil a love of science from an early age.

We use hands on experiments, storytelling, interactive introductions, bespoke video and more to get children fully engaged, excited and create those wow moments!!

We’re excited to be running sessions in libraries with hands on experiments this summer!!

Almondbury Library, 28th July, 10.30am – 11.45am

Mirfield Library, 28th July, 2pm – 3.15pm

Kirkburton Library, 2nd August,  10.30am – 11.45am

Meltham Library, 2nd August, 2pm – 3.15pm

Cleckheaton Library, 8th August, 10.30pm – 11.45am

Dewsbury Library, 8th August, 2pm – 3.15pm


Step into the Gadgeteers Laboratory of Dreams

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Step into the Gadgeteers Laboratory of Dreams

Join us for a drama workshop exploring your most magical inventions and bring them to life.

We need the inventors of the future to work with Chol Theatre to explore bright ideas

Huddersfield Library, 10th August, 10:30am  – 11:30am

Honley Library, 10th August, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Batley Library, 11th August, 10:30am  – 11:30am

Birstall Library, 11th August, 2.30pm – 3.30pm


Rappaman – Book launch and RAP workshop

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An exciting  book launch event, with a chance to see  Rappaman performing poems and  Raps from his newest book “Read Aloud Proudly”. You’ll then get the chance to learn how to write your own RAPs, as Rappman leads a poetry and Rap masterclass!

Mirfield Library, 2nd August, 10am – 12pm

Birkby and Fartown Library, 2nd August, 2pm – 4pm

Batley Library, 26th August, 10am – 12pm

Honley Library, 26th August, 2pm – 4pm



Wearable Tech

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Learn how to make your own circuits before using conductive materials, LED lights and craft items to create fantastic light-up key rings or jewellery.


Holmfirth Library, 16th August, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Skelmanthorpe Library, 17th August, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Birkby and Fartown Library, 23rd August, 10am – 12:30pm

Golcar Library, 25th August, 2pm – 3:30pm


Mick Kirkby-Geddes: Junk Sculpture

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Rather than send old, discarded plastic to landfill, why not create your own junk sculpture from it using wire and tape and the help of local sculptor Mick Kirkby-Geddes

Dewsbury Library, 17th August, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Rawthorpe/Dalton Library, 17th August, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Heckmondwike Library, 22nd August, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Kirkheaton Library, 22nd August, 2:30pm – 4:30pm


Think Forensic: Rookie CSI Training

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A hands-on forensic workshop for diddy detectives including activities such as examining a crime scene, fingerprint developing, casting footwear marks & tyre tracks, exploring hair and fibre using a digital microscope, plus much more!

 Almondbury Library, 9th August, 10am – 11:30am

Chestnut Centre, 9th August, 2pm – 3:30pm

Marsden Library, 30th August, 10am – 11:30am

Lindley Library, 30th August, 2pm – 3:30pm



Calling All Twitchers

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Join us for a super special bird watching event, featuring M.G Leonard, author of Twitch a bird watching detective plus fun activities in the garden

Birkby & Fartown Library

8th August