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Filton children receive medals for completing Summer Reading Challenge

Posted on Thursday 17th September 2015 at 1:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Summer Reading Challenge awards presentation at Filton Library.

Children from the Filton area have been rewarded with medals and certificates for successfully completing the Summer Reading Challenge 2015.

The chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Erica Williams, attended a ceremony at Filton Library to present the children with their awards. The group represented more than 6,700 children in South Gloucestershire who have taken part in this year’s event at libraries throughout the district.

Cllr Williams said:

“The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic program which makes reading fun and improves children’s reading range, motivation and confidence and opportunities. This year, the Record Breakers themed challenge is all about achieving your personal best and taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge gives children a great start in achieving this goal. Congratulations to all the children who have completed the challenge this year.”

The Reading Agency charity’s annual Summer Reading Challenge encouraged children aged from four to 11-years-old and their families to read six books of their choice during the summer holidays. The challenge is free to enter and took place between 11th July and 12th September.

Some of the children taking part in the challenge commented:

“I thought it was really fun and it helped me to read more books.” – Jessica, 9, Filton

“I thought Record Breakers was a great chance for me to read books and have fun coming up [to] the library and borrowing books I haven’t read before.” – Starwynne, 11, Yate

More: More than 70 volunteers helped out with the challenge »

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Story Lab: The 2012 summer reading challenge

Posted on Saturday 23rd June 2012 at 9:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Summer Reading Challenge 2012 - Story Lab.

The theme for the Summer Reading Challenge this year is ‘Story Lab‘.

The challenge begins in all South Gloucestershire Libraries on Saturday 14th July 14 and runs until Sunday 16th September. It’s free to join in the fun.

Step into Story Lab and you’re off on an imaginative adventure that knows no bounds. Read just six books to collect your very own medal and certificate.

More than 5,800 children took part in ‘Circus Stars’ last summer. One person who did said:

“‘I’m very proud of my gold medal and I’ve never had a gold medal before.”

Take up the challenge – visit any South Gloucestershire Library to take part in Story Lab for your chance of a medal this summer.

Libraries are also holding free activities throughout the holiday to help you complete the challenge. Come and join in the shadow puppet theatre too (at Filton Library on Thursday 2nd August)!

Visit your local library or log on to to find out more.

Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Council Library Service

Related link: What’s On in Filton (The Journal)

Bookstart birthday celebrations at Filton Library

Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2012 at 12:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Bookstart 20.

Children and their families are invited to a special story time at Filton Library on Tuesday 22nd May at 9:30am to celebrate the launch of ‘Bookstart 20’ in South Gloucestershire, marking the 20th birthday of Bookstart, the world-renowned early reading scheme.

The campaign is being supported nationally by well known faces including HRH the Duchess of Cornwall and Colleen Rooney.

Bookstart is asking people across England to make a simple pledge: to share 20 books with children in 2012. South Gloucestershire Libraries are inviting all local residents to sign up to the pledge. The pledge postcard is available in all South Gloucestershire Libraries and Surestart Children’s Centres. Pledges can also be made online at

Several independent studies have found that reading to babies and toddlers on a daily basis is the strongest predictor of childhood development and positive educational outcomes – even more important than socio-economic factors.

South Gloucestershire Libraries offer free story time and rhyme time sessions each week for children aged between 0 and 4 years and all pre-school children can join the Bookstart Bear club at their library. For further information, visit

Filton Library is currently closed for refurbishment and is due to re-open on Monday 21st May.

Filton Library closes for refurbishment

Posted on Thursday 19th April 2012 at 10:15 am by SH (Editor)

Filton Library, Shield Retail Park, Filton, Bristol.

Filton Library, located at the Shield Retail Park, has closed for a six-week long internal refurbishment.

The library closed its doors on Wednesday 11th April and will re-open at 9:30am on Monday 21st May.

The work will include upgrading the shelving, re ordering the internal layout and incorporating the meeting room into the main library.

The refurbishment is being funded through a Section 106 developer contribution from Hewlett Packard.

The library’s extensive programme of regular events, which includes reading groups, rhyme and story time, free computer courses and a knitting group, will resume following the re-opening.

Related link: What’s On in Filton


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