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This year Oldham Libraries and Gallery Oldham are teaming up with WWF and The Reading Agency for a very special nature-themed Summer Reading Challenge 2021 that will inspire children to stand up for the planet.

‘Wild World Heroes’ will feature amazing books, awesome rewards, ideas for taking care of our environment, as well as a programme of Covid-secure creative activities and fun events for the whole family over the summer holidays.

Throughout the summer children are challenged to read six books and collect incentives from their local library along the way.

For every two books read, children will receive a reading prize and two stickers to put in their Summer Reading Challenge passport, helping the Wild World Heroes to improve their town of Wilderville.

Once children have read all six books and completed the Summer Reading Challenge they will receive their Wild World Heroes gold medal and certificate.

Sign-up for the Summer Reading Challenge

Sign-up for the Summer Reading Challenge, at your local library throughout the summer. 

Children will receive a special library membership card and begin to borrow books from any of our 12 libraries this summer.

If your child already has a library card, make sure they bring it along with them so they can activate it, and they can start borrowing books right away.

Please visit the council website for the opening times of Oldham Libraries.

Signed up already?

Please take a few moments to complete our pre-challenge survey below:

Wild World Heroes Gallery Trail

Gallery Oldham

Saturday 24 July – Saturday 4 September, during opening hours, free

Pick up your free Wild World Heroes guide at Gallery Oldham. Gallery Oldham is above Oldham Library, so why not pick up your books and complete this animal and nature themed trail on the same day?

Alexandra Park Heritage Trail 

Alexandra Park 

Saturday 24 July – Saturday 4 September, during opening hours, free 

Explore the history and importance of Alexandra Park with this family friendly trail. Available to download from Gallery Oldham’s website and complete the self-guided trail during park opening hours. 

Heritage trail download

Animal Stories and Sketches 

Gallery Oldham 

Discover the animals in Gallery Oldham’s collection, including how some of them came to be in Oldham. Then have a go at drawing them with help from an artist facilitator.

Booking is essential. 


Chadderton Library 

Failsworth Library 

Royton Library 

Naturetown is not just a story but a rhyming adventure, following eco-warriors in a crusade to help their local wildlife. This tale investigates issues of plastic pollution, deforestation and litter. It teaches us about alternatives such as recycling, composting and habitat creations, to reinforce what we can do to protect and care for our animal neighbours. 

Booking is essential.  

Storytelling with Robin Simpson 

Oldham Library 

Crompton Library 

Lees Library 

Uppermill Library 

 Join storyteller Robin Simpson for some magical and exciting tales to celebrate this years’ Summer Reading Challenge. Listen and join in with stories about nature from around the world and learn all about endangered species and how we can help them in an interactive quiz.  

Come dressed as your favourite animal, learn what you can do to protect the environment and become inspired by our amazing planet.   

'The Best Nest' Draw Along with Jo 

Oldham Library 

Come along to Oldham Library to listen to a reading of 'The Best Nest' by JC Perry. Two birds try to outdo each other in their efforts to build the best nest. After disaster strikes, a wise owl makes them realise that having the biggest, fanciest nest isn’t the key to happiness.  

Jo will also show you how to draw some of the characters from this funny, heart-warming tale. 

Afterwards pop upstairs to see the owls and other birds on display in Gallery Oldham.  

Oldham Beside the Seaside Talk: Helen Bradley 

Gallery Oldham 

Families can explore Helen Bradley’s painting, ‘A Summer Afternoon on the Sands at Blackpool’ with our family friendly art talk. Our artist facilitator will use museum artefacts, smells and sensory materials to bring the painting to life. 

Bee Landing with Jonathan Downs 

Gallery Oldham 

This is your chance to find out more about Gallery Oldham’s bees which have lived on our second-floor balcony since 2015. They have made great use of the green library roof and produced delicious honey which is a great favourite and best seller in our shop. 

Animal Pants Storywalks 

Stoneleigh Park 

Alexandra Park 

Join us for a silly animal adventure with the brilliant story ‘Animal Pants’. Take a walk with us, following our trail and looking for all our hidden clues. Can you find them all? All children will receive a craft pack to take home and enjoy. 

Suitable for children aged 0–5 but all welcome. Booking essential.  

Wild World Heroes Weekly Animal Crafts 

Animal Crafts are being delivered at various branch libraries over each week of the holidays.  

Please enquire in person at your local library or by phone on 0161 770 8000 to see what date and time they are being delivered and to book. 

Animal Crafts: Origami Bookmarks  

  • Monday 26– Saturday 31 July, free 

Create a cute origami dog bookmark inspired by Doug the dog. You'll never lose your place in your book again.  
Animal Crafts: Web Weaving  

  • Monday 2 – Saturday 7 August, free 

Inspired by Webster the spider, weave your own beautiful web using different colours of wool and woving.  
Animal Crafts: Paper Bag Squirrel  

  • Monday 9 – Saturday 14 August, free 

Scurry your way into making your own Hazel the squirrel to take on your outdoor adventures this summer. 
Animal Crafts: Colourful Collage Cat 

  • Monday 16 – Saturday 21 August, free 

Create your very own colour cat poster inspired by Mouse the cat. How many different colours and textures can you use? Collage is the perfect way to decorate. 
Animal Crafts: Pattern and Print Seashell Cards 

  • Monday 23 – Saturday 28 August, free 

Make your very own printed greetings cards inspired by beautiful shells and Shelby the hermit crab.  

Animal Crafts: Colourful Bird Mobile 

  • Monday 30 August – Saturday 4 September 

Get crafty folding, cutting and sticking to make your own Charlie the chaffinch and friends bird mobile. Explore the patterns hidden in nature and make your own cards to send to friends and family.