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This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is Gadgeteers, and it’s all about discovering the amazing science and innovation all around us.

Read any six library books of your choice and collect Gadgeteer rewards along the way, including a certificate and medal at the end of the challenge.

You will also be invited to our Gadgeteer finishers celebration event, packed full of exciting science activities.

As part of the Challenge, Oldham Libraries and Gallery Oldham, have lots of cool activities and events lined up such as performance poets, theatre shows, arts and crafts, and more. Plus, children who complete the challenge will be in with a chance of winning a Kindle Fire.

There are over 30 free sessions happening across the borough in partnership with the Holiday Activity Fund, that will include a free hot meal for people attending (booking required). For more information on the Holiday Activity Fund, visit:

We hope you’re as excited as we are to join the Gadgeteers this summer.

Join us for Sign Up Saturday at Oldham Library on 23 July, 11am–3pm.

There'll be lots of amazing activities including lego robotics, slime workshops, gadgety music makers, and motor sponge art. A day jam-packed full of excitement, innovation and creativity.

If you miss Sign Up Saturday don't worry because you can sign up at any library over the summer holidays. 

Here’s a list of the events, don’t miss out on the fun, and book your place now!

Once Upon a World with Flick Goodman

Monday 25 July, 12noon, Oldham Library

Science and Industry Museum Inventors’ Workshop

Tuesday 26 July,12noon, Oldham Library

Boudica

Wednesday 27 July, 12noon, Crompton Library

The Green Knight

Wednesday 27 July, 2pm, Crompton Library

Boudica

Thursday 28 July, 2.15pm, Fitton Hill Library

The Green Knight

Thursday 28 July, 4pm, Fitton Hill Library

Song Writing Workshop with Adam Westley

Thursday 28 Jul 2022, 2.30pm, Greenfield Library

Boudica

Friday 29 July, 12noon, Oldham Library

The Green Knight

Friday 29 July, 2pm, Oldham Library

An afternoon with author Pip Jones

Monday 1 August, 12noon, Oldham Library

An afternoon with author Pip Jones

Tuesday 2 August, 12noon, Oldham Library

Booster Cushion Theatre

Tuesday 2 August, 12noon, Chadderton Library

Oldham Coliseum Presents The Gadgeteer’s Secret Mission

Wednesday 3 August, 12noon, Crompton Library

Oldham Coliseum Presents The Gadgeteer’s Secret Mission

Thursday 4 August, 12noon, Failsworth Library

Tactile Arts: Arts Tool

Friday 5 August, 10am, Uppermill Library

Nook and Cranny Story Stitchers

Monday 8 August, 12noon, Oldham Library

Booster Cushion Theatre

Tuesday 9 August, 12noon, Oldham Library

Oldham Coliseum Presents The Gadgeteer’s Secret Mission

Wednesday 10 August, 2pm, Limehurst Library

Oldham Coliseum Presents The Gadgeteer’s Secret Mission

Thursday 11 August, 2pm, Fitton Hill Library

Gadgeteers Artist Carousel

Monday 15 August, 12noon, Gallery Oldham

Tactile Arts: Art Tool

Tuesday 16 August, 12noon, Gallery Oldham

Oldham Coliseum Presents The Gadgeteer’s Secret Mission

Wednesday 17 August, 2pm, Northmoor Library

Oldham Coliseum Presents The Gadgeteer’s Secret Mission

Thursday 18 August, 12noon, Lees Library

Tactile Arts Gadgeteer Portraits

Thursday 18 August, 2.30pm, Greenfield Library

Song Writing Workshop with Adam Westley

Monday 22 August, 10am, Uppermill Library

Dommy B’s Greatest Hits (Bang-Crash-Boom)

Monday 22 August, 12noon, Oldham Library

Rappaman

Tuesday 23 August, 12noon, Failsworth Library

Errol’s Garden Story Walk

Wednesday 24 August, 12noon, Shaw Memorial Gardens and Crompton Library

Rappaman

Thursday 25 August, 12noon, Fitton Hill Library

Oldham Coliseum Presents The Gadgeteer’s Secret Mission

Tuesday 30 August, 12noon, Oldham Library

Oldham Coliseum Presents The Gadgeteer’s Secret Mission

Wednesday 31 August, 12noon, Chadderton Library

Nook and Cranny Story Stitchers

Thursday 1 September, 12noon, Lees Library