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ImagiNation 2018

Hertfordshire Libraries are inviting 10-18 year olds to get creative with their reading this summer by taking part in 'ImagiNation', a reading and arts project that has been designed with the help of young people.

It is free to sign up for ImagiNation. To take part, young people simply need to borrow two library books over the summer holidays. Then write or draw what they thought of one of the books on a book band provided and hand it to library staff. They can also produce a piece of artwork inspired by one of them to put on the ImagiNation blog if they wish. The blog is secure and fully moderated and can be found at
The artwork could be:

  • a drawing, collage or painting
  • a photograph or film
  • a sculpture, model or design
  • a poem
  • a piece of music, a dance or a play
  • any other art form that they are interested in!

On completing the challenge, young people will receive a certificate and lanyard and will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 3 Amazon vouchers worth up to £70!

In addition, two free digital story making workshops for 10-14 year olds are taking place in Hemel Hempstead and Bishop’s Stortford Libraries in August. Using Scratch coding and circuit boards, young people will make their stories come to life with lights and sounds.
For more information and to book, visit

ImagiNation runs from 14th July – 8th September 2018.

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Mischief Makers - Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Mischief Makers is inspired by the much-loved iconic children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. This year Dennis, Gnasher and friends will be helping children explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become the ultimate mischief makers.

Research shows that children's reading can 'dip' during the long holidays and this can cause children to lose confidence when they return back to school. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to get into libraries and helps them keep up their reading skills. It is the UK’s biggest promotion of reading for children – last year, over 21,500 Hertfordshire children took part – and it’s free.

Children are challenged to read six library books or e-books of their choice during the holidays. For every two books they read, they are rewarded with two stickers. When they have completed the challenge, they will receive a wristband and are invited to a presentation ceremony where they will be given their certificate and medal. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to win tickets to an exclusive author event. The Summer Reading Challenge materials are suitable for visually impaired children.

Mischief Makers packs will be available in all Hertfordshire public libraries from Saturday 14th July while stocks last, finishing on Saturday 8th September.

What the children said about last year’s challenge
“I loved the reading challenge because I got to read cool books and got smelly stickers.” – Grace-Lily, Age 4
“I liked the reading challenge because I like to read, it's something fun for me and Mummy to do” – Casey, Age 10


Primary English Newsletter - May 2017

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