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Hastings District Libraries Summer Sparks Challenge is for children aged 5-12. 

The programme runs annually from early December to late January.

What is Summer Sparks?

A fun set of challenges and activities providing an innovative and dynamic way of encouraging children’s learning and discovery over the summer holidays.

The programme incorporates a variety of literacy forms and methods, including, but not limited to, traditional reading based elements.

How does the programme work?

Children aged 5-12 years complete activities and then tell us, show us, or amaze us with whatever wonderful form that has taken.

Each child gets an activity log with 25 different activities on it, arranged by type into ‘challenge sets’. These sets are themed so children can complete ones that appeal to them more, or all of them, should they wish to.

The programme activities are broad and easily scaled up or down depending on the age and ability of the child. There is no right or wrong way to complete the activities, it’s all about imagination.

Children can come in as many (or as few) times as they like. Children that go away for large parts of the holidays can still participate – just come in when you can.

Themes for 2019-20

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Each year there are a bunch of great prizes up for grabs!

The more challenge sets a child completes the more entries they receive. Children can gain up to 11 entries into prize draws of their choice. If they complete all 25 challenges, they will also be entered into a Super Sparks prize draw.

End of Holiday POOL PARTY!

When Summer Sparks winds up, there is a pool party held to act as a culmination of all their hard work, as well as an opportunity to hold a prizegiving.


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