Summer Stars Reading Challenge


Join the Reading Challenge 2020 at your Library

Summer Stars National Reading Adventure 2020

Summer Stars is the public library national summer reading programme for children taking place during the summer in public libraries and online throughout the country. Our goal, as always, is to promote every child’s right to read and to invite all children throughout the country to join the adventure and to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the summer. Summer Stars is non-competitive and every child who reads even one book is regarded as having completed the programme – and it’s all completely free!

How will Summer Stars 2020 work:

This has been a very challenging year for us all and so Summer Stars will look and work a bit differently from previous years. The parents or guardians of each child who would like to register can contact their local library and request a reading card and book pack. 8 books will then be selected from the library’s stock and the book pack and reading card will be available for collection by appointment.

The Call & Collect service is available at  Call & Collect Service and branch libraries opening hours

A child can complete the reading card with books they have read from the pack, from their own books or e-books if they wish.  They then return the completed reading card to the library to receive their reward.

Laois library service has now moved into the next phase of the roadmap, you can now call the library  to ‘book a browse’, at (Portlaoise, Portarlington and Mountmellick branch libraries only) All library visits are limited to 30 minutes. Booking is advised please view the link for your preferred branch and time.

You can keep up to date with live videos, on Laois Libraries facebook page. Baby book club, 0-3yrs, Tuesday and Thursday, weekly at 10.30am.  Bookbugs club, 4-7yrs, Friday, weekly at 10.30am. Children’s craft, 4-7yrs,Wednesday, weekly at 11.30am.

Summer Stars online storytime: Summer Stars storytime will be delivered by library staff including chapter-a-day readings from books, available through your local library social media laoislibraries facebook page. TBC.

You can view stories read by Authors here

Summer Stars Build A Story:Build A Story is an online event where children are asked to add a line or sentence to a story to build it over the summer. The story so far will be published every weekend. The story so far is ….
“How would I sleep tonight” thought Aoibhinn. She was so excited. Mum had just announced that they were going on a camping trip for the weekend and her cousins were coming too. “Eek”, shouted her cousin Layla when Aoibhinn called her. “Mammy, Mammy! Can I bring my toys?”. “Yes, but you better not lose them because they were so expensive, “said Mammy. Aoibhinn went to pack her bag but couldn’t find her favourite Barbie doll. Her dog, Biscuit, had taken her favourite Barbie doll , chewed it and hid it under her bed. She packs random doll that she just found from a thousand months ago when she wasn’t even born. The family went on a journey and Aoibhinn realized they were going to the beach. She was so excited!! So was Biscuit her dog who kept jumping around the car. Layla her cousin arrived too at the same time. The girls Played with their dolls while their parents put up the tents. Then they realized Biscuit her dog was gone missing!

What happens next? You decide! Will they find Biscuit?Comment on either Laois Libraries or Mountmellick Library Facebook page  with the next line of the story. Everyone who contributes will be in a draw at the end for a National Book Token!

Summer Stars BorrowBox: Browse, borrow, read and listen to the Summer Stars collection of children’s e-books and e-audio books through the library’s BorrowBox app. This is free for all members to use from anywhere, anytime. Non-members can join online for free at

Story Competition: As well an enjoying the amazing worlds of books, Summer Stars is also celebrating children’s imaginations by running a short story competition, An Unexpected Adventure. There are three age categories with great prizes for all the winners and runners-up. For further details you can click on the link.