CHILDREN in Hillingdon are being encouraged to take part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge online from June to September. 

Hillingdon Libraries has partnered with The Reading Agency to launch the popular initiative, in which youngsters who complete reading challenges receive digital prizes and certificates.

There will be a range of digital activities every Friday, including crafts, quizzes and creative writing tasks. 

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is Silly Squad, which celebrates hilarity, happiness and laughter.

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The aim is to encourage children to read whatever makes them happy, and each child can choose a target number of books they want to read.

Parents can download the library service’s BorrowBox app, which allows users to access eBooks and eAudiobooks for free using their library card.

If you’re not a Hillingdon Library member, residents can join by registering online at

From Monday, June 22, a reserve and collect service will be available at Manor Farm, Oak Farm and Hayes End libraries. Books will need to be reserved on the phone or online prior to visiting.

From Monday, June 29, this service will be extended to Northwood Hills, West Drayton and Uxbridge libraries and the mobile library. 

For details of the Summer Reading Challenge, visit