Young children counting down from 10 in Russian is not what we expected when we dropped into Swansea’s Central Library last week, but sure enough, that’s what we heard amongst the bookshelves.
Every Friday, between 2pm and 3pm, Central Library are running the Swansea Academy of Space, a fun “space training” programme where children take part in a series of activities to test their physical and mental preparedness for space. And, of course, every space cadet knows that to reach the International Space Station you must travel in the Russian space rocket, Soyuz.
Swansea Libraries are actively encouraging children to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge which, in celebration of the 1969 moon landing, is taking a “Space Chase” theme – hence the space academy.
Taking part in the reading challenge is simple – sign up for free at your local library and you’ll receive your very own Space Chase mission folder to get you started. Read six library books (or more!) over the holidays to collect special stickers to add to your folder.
There’s a website to add to the fun too, spacechase.org.uk. And, we’ve put together a selection of “Space Chase” themed children’s books, fiction and non-fiction, to inspire you and your children.