Big Friendly Read Is Coming To Town !

There are only four weeks to go until the start of the Summer Reading Challenge 2016, which launches in our libraries on Saturday 16 July. The theme for this year's challenge is the Big Friendly Read, celebrating 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. 

Last year well over 5,000 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and this year we're hoping that even more children will take part. 

Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. There are special rewards and a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge. 

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities.

Don't forget that if you're aged 14-17 you can join in as a Central Bedfordshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge volunteer. 

You can encourage children to read by handing out rewards and finding out all about what books the children are enjoying. You can also help with library activities and events in our libraries. For more information visit the virtual library for Bedfordshire.

Community Engagement Day Thursday 2nd June

Residents are invited to a community event in Houghton Regis where they can get everything from health and crime advice to information about improving their local area.

The Houghton Regis Community Engagement Day is taking place from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday, 2 June with advice stalls and other attractions in the Town Centre (in the atrium outside the library) and in Bedford Square.

The event is being run by Central Bedfordshire’s Community Safety Partnership, in partnership with Houghton Regis Town Council, and follows on from the previous successful events in Biggleswade.
A number of different departments from Central Bedfordshire Council will be at the event including Environmental Protection, Waste Services, Trading Standards and Community Safety.

The Community Engagement Day will focused on crime prevention, personal safety, and health and well-being.

So, as well as representatives from Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, there will also be a stall from Healthwatch offering advice about social care, health and housing.

People attending the event can also experience what it is like to be involved in a car crash in Amey’s crash car simulator Oscar – a modified Ford Fiesta which will be parked up in the town centre.

At the event residents will be able to find out about the local strategy to develop Houghton Regis and Houghton Hall and what is being done to reduce the number of off road motor cyclists in Houghton Regis. Residents can also get involved in the good neighbour schemes, fire safety, volunteering within the local community and have their say on improving road safety. As part of the day there will also be environmental clean ups.