Summer Reading Challenge volunteers celebrated

28 September 2022
Volunteers who supported this year's Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge were celebrated at a special event on Tuesday 27 September.
Residents who volunteered their time to support more than 2,500 children and young people to discover the joys of reading over the summer holidays joined Cllr James Halden, Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Qaisar Abbas, Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities, and Cllr Deborah Arnold, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, to receive a certificate and speak about their experience.

Library bitesize events to help residents online

4 August 2022
A series of library 'bitesize' events this summer will help residents discover the many free library services available to them directly from their phone, tablet or laptop.
Through a number of mobile applications, residents with a Thurrock library card can take advantage of free online services from their personal device, including:

The Summer Reading Challenge returns this July

29 June 2022
The Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge returns this summer, inviting children and young people to get reading and to use their creativity and curiosity to discover science.
By taking part in the challenge young people will be able to read exciting science-themed books, allowing them to collect rewards and develop their reading ability. Delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Science Museum Group, the challenge aims to create 'Gadgeteers' – young people who are excited and passionate about science in our world.

Get wild this summer at Thurrock libraries

4 August 2021
Special nature-themed events are being held in Thurrock libraries this summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge.
This year's theme, 'Wild World Heroes', is a collaboration between The Reading Agency and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) showcasing nature and action for the environment.
To add to the fun, our libraries have organised some nature-themed events. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place, including face coverings and social distancing. Numbers will also be limited.

Reading Friends comes to Thurrock

3 February 2021
Library users in Thurrock can benefit from a nationwide scheme aimed at tackling loneliness by starting conversations through reading.
Reading Friends launches in Thurrock on Wednesday 3 February to reconnect adults, including readers and non-readers, with others and make new friends.
Online groups will meet weekly on Tuesdays or Saturdays and an online parents group will be held fortnightly on Wednesdays. The online groups will eventually expand to take place in borough libraries once government guidance permits this.