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July 2019

To your library and beyond!

summer reading challenge logo

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge blasts off on 13 July and the theme is Space Chase; an out-of-this-world adventure celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.  Help our super space family, the Rockets, on a special mission - and have tons of fun along the way!

Every year, thousands of children in East Sussex take part in the Summer Reading Challenge. Sign up for the Challenge and come along to the library to receive a special Reader Record to keep a list of your books.

To take part children need their own library card, but don't worry if they don't have one already - they can get one from their local library or apply online. If your child isn’t reading on their own yet they can still take part by sharing books with you. It’s fun and totally free!

To complete the challenge:

  • Read at least six library books – they can be any book and in any format!
  • Collect a special mission folder, stickers and rewards for each book read
  • Receive a certificate and medal when you finish. Children can have their certificate presented in school

Children's Book Award winner announced!

authors with flowers at the east sussex childrens' book award

On Tuesday 11 June 150 children from across East Sussex attended our very special final event of the 2019 East Sussex Children's Book Award at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne, to hear the announcement of the winning book.

This year's prize went to Sharon Tregenza for her book The Jewelled Jaguar, an adventure story about a cursed Aztec knife, which had readers guessing till the end.

All five of the shortlisted books were celebrated at the event with prizes awarded to winning competition entries and children giving fantastic performances on each of the books.

Sharon Tregenza was joined on stage by two of her fellow shortlisted authors, Ally Sherrick and Sharon Cohen, who took part in a live Q&A session before Sharon was presented with her award.

Thank you to all the authors, library staff and schools who have taken part in the Book Award this year.  It has been a fantastic celebration of reading and children's literature.

We will soon be reading for next year's Award so look out in the autumn for news of 2020!

Going on holiday? Take us with you!

Ereader on beach

For most book lovers, the best part of going on holiday is planning which books you are going to take. And for many, the greatest challenge is fitting all of those eagerly anticipated titles in the suitcase!

Our eBooks can be downloaded onto lots of devices and taken anywhere in the world. With lots of new titles added each week, there is always plenty to choose from and you can take hundreds of books with you without having to sacrifice precious packing space or worrying about carrying that extra weight.

Lose yourself in our Romance Collection or catch up on the bestselling Crime Titles.

If you prefer to pack a paperback, there are lots of new titles available in your local library and on our catalogue to choose from.  And for those of you lucky enough to be going away for an extended break, you can renew your books online too!

Diary of events

Wednesday 24th July - Astronomy Roadshow Planetarium at Hastings Library

Thursday 25th July - Write In at Hastings Library

Thursday 25th July - Ed Boxall Summer Reading Challenge Tour across the county

Friday 26th July - Astronomy Roadshow planetarium at Crowborough Library

Monday 29th July - Creative Space planetarium at Seaford Library

Wednesday 31st July - Claymation Workshop for 5-13 year olds at Uckfield Library

For more events in your area, including recurring library events such as rhyme times, our new study zones and I.T For You course, visit ESCIS.

A book I have loved...

Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza

This month we share a prize winning book review by pupil Emily from our East Sussex Children's Book Award on the winning title, The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza.

"The Jewelled Jaguar is a story about a young boy named Griffin whose mother gets swallowed by a giant hole that randomly opens up in the ground. He has to move in with his aunt and uncle and cousin, Cinnamon (who doesn't like him very much).

Together, they try to discover the reason why his mother got swallowed up in the first place. They think it has something to do with the mysterious Aztec knife that she had found a few days before...

My favourite character was Cinnamon, I like her because she was probably one of the coolest characters in the story with her purple hair and pet rat 'Ruby Ruby'. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery and adventure."

Reserve your copy from an East Sussex Library or download the eBook now.

Looking for more reading inspiration? Our librarians review their monthly top five picks for July on the Your East Sussex website.

New DVDs out this month

DVD covers

Fed up of waiting for summer to arrive? Enjoy a great selection of adult and children's DVDs at your local library, perfect for those rainy days indoors.

And this month, you can journey to out of space  with our great new collection of DVDs to celebrate 50 years since the first moon landing.

DVDs can be borrowed from as little as £2, and from £3.50 for the latest releases.