Libraries across Oldham are hosting an impressive line-up of more than 30 acts for children this summer – and it’s all kicking off this Saturday.

Oldham is set to welcome a wide variety of performances and entertainment in its libraries in a bid to inspire a love of reading in youngsters.

The Summer Reading Challenge, which follows the theme of ‘Gadgeteers’, encourages children to read six books over the summer holidays.

Youngsters that take part can win awards like stickers, bookmarks and medals while the libraries are also offering free hot meals to families that attend.

The first event, Sign Up Saturday, is due to be held this Saturday (July 23) from 11am to 3pm.

Oldham Library will be hosting lego robotics, slime workshops, 'gadgety music makers' and motor sponge art on the day.

Jenny Allen, library development officer for children, young people and families, said Oldham Library has “gone all out” with its budget for the event “in hope that we can get children and families really excited and join in the Summer Reading Challenge”.

The Oldham Times: Children can play with slime and numerous workshops at the event.Children can play with slime and numerous workshops at the event.

She added: “This year we have gone all out in launching the Summer Reading Challenge.

“After two years online we can’t wait to welcome children and families back into our library and gallery spaces for a day of interactive events and activity.

“Sign Up Saturday will offer children a chance to join the reading challenge and we’re pleased to offer a jam-packed day that’s completely free of charge.

“We would love the library to be buzzing.

“We can’t wait to inspire reading with you.”

The event is free and attendees can drop by without needing to register on Saturday.

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