A winter wonderland of reading – Hampshire Library Service sets children a new challenge

Dec 12 2018


The short days and long evenings of winter provide the perfect moments to enjoy more books. That’s the message from Hampshire County Council as it launches a Winter Reading Challenge in libraries across the county for all Hampshire children, encouraging them to read any four books by 26 January. 

The County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “Our libraries are committed to helping children to read, whatever their ability, and to provide fun, welcoming and engaging environments in which they can do that. With cold, wet weather keeping people indoors more at this time of year, it’s the perfect time for children to get more reading in. 

“Our Summer Reading Challenge this year saw 15,324 children complete the challenge in the County Council’s libraries – that’s more children than in any other local authority in the south east. This tells us our reading challenges are effective at keeping children reading during the holidays. It is also a testament to the work that our staff and volunteers do in supporting and encouraging every young reader, not just during the challenge but with every visit they make to our libraries.”

The following libraries are taking part in the Winter Reading Challenge: Alresford; Basingstoke; Bordon; Chandler’s Ford; Chineham; Fareham; Fleet; Gosport; Hythe; Lee-on-the -Solent; Odiham; Petersfield; Portchester; Ringwood; Romsey; South Ham; Stubbington; Tadley; Totton; Yateley.

Children can sign up at their local participating library, collecting an activity and sticker sheet before:

  • Listing the books they read in their book record
  • Giving the books a rating from 1 to 5 stars
  • Collecting a sticker for each book they read

Hampshire County Council’s Library Service had the highest number of children completing the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge 2018 in the south east region.