Children who participated in the Hull fREADom Quest
Children who participated in this year’s Hull fREADom Quest at the Children’s Library, Central Library, Hull. Picture: Tom Arran

Young Hull readers out of this world ahead of space-themed fREADom Quest event

More than 1,000 Hull children are feeling over the moon after taking part in this year’s fREADom Quest to read six books over the summer holidays.

That’s because the 1,200 children who completed the quest are now invited to attend a space-themed event at Hull City Hall on Sunday.

Nick Arnold, author of the Horrible Science series of books, who will take part in live experiments on stage, while Cosmic Carol from Lab Rascals will present a fun, fact-filled Space and Solar System talk.

And The Herd actor Finn McGuigan will swap his Slime caterpillar outfit for a space suit as he becomes the astronaut from popular children’s book The Man on the Moon.

The event is being led by Hull Libraries and will feature Hull-themed characters created for the first quest in 2017.

The fREADom Quest was launched at the beginning of the school summer holidays, with children invited to visit their local library, read a book and collect a character sticker and a stamp for their space-themed quest booklet.

Marking 50 years since the first Moon landing, this year’s quest saw Hull’s libraries transform into a moonscape with a crew of space-ready characters and stories ready to transport readers out of this world and into a universe for even the most curious imaginations.

Christine Hill, principal librarian at Hull Libraries, said: “The fREADom Quest is an opportunity for children to dive deep into their imaginations each summer and take a step into their local library to see what they’ll discover.

“Each year, we offer an action-packed programme of activities for children and their families, most of which are free, keeping them busy over the summer while learning new skills and experiencing some incredible stories.

“We’re delighted that so many children took part and looking forward to celebrating their achievements this Sunday.”

The event takes place on Sunday 6 October from 2pm to 4pm at Hull City Hall. Free tickets can be booked here or by calling the box office on 01482 300 306.

 

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