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Catch up on what you’ve missed at the library

The Big Catch Up

Suffolk Libraries is launching a campaign to encourage people back into libraries in line with the relaxation of COVID restrictions from next Monday (19 July).

The Big Catch Up will see family activities returning to libraries over the summer with the country’s biggest literacy campaign, the Summer Reading Challenge, running alongside them.

The Big Catch Up will run for several months and will highlight how Suffolk Libraries can help communities recover from the pandemic and ‘catch up’ with what they’ve been missing.

This includes catching up:

  • with each other – library activities will be returning, providing an opportunity to get out and socialise in a friendly and safe place.

  • on reading skills - with the Summer Reading Challenge proven to be a great way of maintaining and improving literacy skills over the summer holidays especially as children’s education has been so disrupted over the past year.

  • on your own wellbeing – through library activities such as Open Space and the Me Myself and Baby perinatal service.

  • on your career – with our laptop lending scheme and in-library computer access helping people to look for jobs, update their CV or discover that next opportunity.

Bruce Leeke, Chief Executive of Suffolk Libraries said:

“Suffolk Libraries has made a big difference to people in these tough times and we’re going to do everything we can to support our communities recover. We can’t wait to see people back in libraries again, enjoying our activities and benefiting from socialising with our staff and other customers.

“Our libraries play a key role in connecting communities and supporting people at every stage of their life, from parents of newborn babies, children and young people, through to jobseekers and older people. We’ve got something for everyone and are always looking for new ways to help, support and engage people across Suffolk.

“We’ve had some wonderful feedback about our innovative new Me Myself and Baby service and I’m delighted we’ve secured funding to run this for another year in partnership with Suffolk Mind. It’s also great to see the Summer Reading Challenge back again and I’m sure thousands of children will enjoy returning to libraries to take part.”

Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge for free at all libraries from Saturday 17 July and it’ll be running until September. This year’s theme is Wild World Heroes – a group of friends making their town even better for the people and animals that live there. The challenge is aimed at children aged 4-11. You sign up, read six books over the summer holidays and collect a prize for each one from the library. If you complete the challenge, you’ll also get a certificate.

From the 19 July most restrictions in libraries will be removed although as per the government’s recommendations customers will be asked to carry on wearing face coverings.

To find out when you can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge or take part in events and activities at your local library, contact them directly.