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The Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge

The Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge is available to children from birth to age 11. It starts on Saturday 17th July and continues until Saturday 18th September.

How does it work?

All children have to do is register for the Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge at their local library using their own Library Card. Parents/Carers can register their babies or toddlers using their child's Library Card. It's very easy for children to be enrolled for a Library Card if they haven't got one already. See our How to Join page for details.

First visit

Once children have registered for the challenge, they can choose a book to borrow and read. Parents/Carers should choose a book to read to their baby or toddler.

More than one book may be chosen at each visit, but only one book per visit will count towards the challenge.

Second Visit

When the first book is returned, children will receive a Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge folder and a sticker to prove that the first book has been read and returned. You may bring your chosen book to the desk so that it can be processed. The book will be put in a separate returns bin to be quarantined. The name of the book needs to be entered in the folder as well as on the registration card. Don't forget to give the book a star rating when you get home.

Children, or Parents/Carers, should then borrow another book to read.

Third Visit

When children, or Parents/Carers, return their second book, they will receive a second sticker. This should be noted down as before.

Fourth Visit

When children, or Parents/Carers, return their third book, they will receive a third sticker. This should be noted down as before.

Fifth Visit

When children, or Parents/Carers, return their fourth book, they will receive a fourth sticker - which will complete their Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge folder. Their registration card will be finalised and their certificate will be printed. NB: It is possible that we may need to ask you to return for your certificate if the library is busy.

Children will also be given a special edition badge when they have completed the challenge.


You can read all about the Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge on the SheffNews website - click follow this link.

When you've finished the Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge, Sheffield Libraries would love to hear what you think about it. Please email your feedback to libraries@sheffield.gov.uk.


We hope you have a great summer with lots of happy reading!

STAND (Stannington & District Library Group) was formed in 2013 after two public meetings that explored the issues raised by Sheffield City Council’s announced withdrawal of formal support for Stannington Library. Since then, the group has been formalised, a committee was formed and teams of volunteers were recruited