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Summer Reading Challenge 2017 – Animal Agents

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge kicks off in Camden Libraries on Saturday 22nd July, and runs until Saturday 2nd September 2017. The Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents, based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends. Tony Ross, the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator (creator of the Little Princess books, illustrator of the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, and of books by David Walliams and Claire Balding), has created this year’s exclusive artwork.

To take part in Animal Agents, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey. As children read at least six library books over the summer, they collect stickers which will help them crack the clues and help the Animal Agents find out what's really been going on behind the scenes!

Running alongside the Reading Challenge this year is Energise and Get Wise, designed to keep children active during the summer holidays. Everybody who signs up to the Reading Challenge will be given a voucher for free swimming in Camden Leisure Centres and access to the specially-designed Race to Health web portal. See our energise and get wise page for further details.

There will be activities in every Camden library during the summer - just contact your local library or go to lovecamden to find out what’s happening.”

Camden Libraries are closed at bank holidays

  • Monday 29 August

Our libraries are changing: Camden Future Libraries

We have changed the way you use five of our libraries: important news for Camden Library customers

Your online library account

You don’t need to visit a library to reserve a book, film or DVD or to manage your account or renew your library items. You can do this online:

Your library account

You can:

Camden Libraries are members of the SELMS library partnership, which means that joining us gives you the benefit of their resources. You can reserve, return and borrow books from SELMS library authorities using your Camden library card. Find out more on their policies and entitlements.

Your digital library

There’s a wide variety of online information available from our digital library pages. Much of this you would normally have to pay for. It can be accessed online for free if you have a Camden library card. 

Hire a library space

Did you know you can hire our libraries and library rooms managed by Camden Council for events and activities? Events include seminars, workshops, meetings, children’s parties, social gatherings, exhibitions and more. Restrictions apply on time of use.

Email the events team at or call 020 7974 5633. 


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