Summer Reading Challenge 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions (Covid-19 Response)
In light of the current situation affecting the delivery of all public services, and following discussion with Libraries Connected and ASCEL, we have agreed that it will not be possible to deliver the Summer Reading Challenge in its usual print format throughout public libraries in summer 2020.
We know this is a worrying time for everyone in the library service and we are working hard to ensure we can support our library colleagues and inspire children to have fun and keep reading in the coming weeks and months.
We have answered some frequently asked questions below and will add to this list as we know more. Please check back regularly for updates.
If you have a specific query which is not answered here, please email the Summer Reading Challenge team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our very best to help.
Q. Is the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 still going ahead?
A. Yes. The Reading Agency is currently developing a new model to allow Summer Reading Challenge activity to still take place this year. This will include a high-quality digital package for libraries. We will continue with our previously announced creative theme of 'Silly Squad': a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, featuring artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson.
Q. Are we able to run the Summer Reading Challenge as normal when our libraries reopen?
A. Due to the current pressures on library services and the uncertainty around reopening, it is unlikely that libraries will be able to run the Challenge in the usual way. The Reading Agency has contacted Challenge coordinators to share further details on the printed resources we have available for any library services that feel able to deliver a 'face-to-face' Challenge upon reopening.
Q. Where will we find further information from The Reading Agency about the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge?
A. We will be sending regular updates to our Summer Reading Challenge coordinators, either via email or the newsletter, so please look out for those. In the meantime, we will be updating this FAQs page as more information becomes available. You can also stay up-to-date by visiting The Reading Agency's website and social media channels.
New digital offer
Q. What will a digital offer to libraries involve and when will it be available?
A. We are developing an innovative and user-friendly web platform that will engage and inspire young readers and their families throughout the summer. We are taking a multi-agency approach to ensure we deliver a quality product. Creative agency Trouble by Beano Studios won the tender for the digital transformation element of the project. They will be supported by Lift, who built our current Summer Reading Challenge website, and Emma Draude PR, to ensure we get maximum coverage and ambassador support.
Our plan is to extend the Summer Reading Challenge by a few weeks either side of our usual summer period to ensure we reach as many children as possible. With children already at home, the 2020 Challenge will run from June to September, launching with a week of activity from Monday 1 June and culminating in an official launch day of curated events on Friday 5 June 2020. Challenge coordinators have been sent an update on the bespoke library package that will be available to enhance delivery of the Challenge at a localised level.
Q. Will children be able to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge without visiting/contacting the library?
A. We are looking at a range of models to ensure that children can take part in the Summer Reading Challenge whilst libraries are closed, including signposting to e-lending services.
Q. Will the online offer include Mini Challenge/pre-school content?
A. As we are developing the model, we will be considering the age range currently catered for.
Q. Will the online offer replace the usual Summer Reading Challenge website?
A. We are exploring a range of delivery platforms for the online offer and will be able to update on this in due course.
Q. Will the online offer be available as an app?
A. We are exploring a range of delivery platforms for the online offer and will be able to update on this in due course
Silly Squad materials
Q. Will we still receive the 'Silly Squad' materials we ordered earlier in the year?
A. An update on physical Silly Squad materials was sent to Summer Reading Challenge coordinators w/c 4 May. Please get in touch with the team if you have any queries about the materials available and the fulfilment of orders.
Q. We have already received some 'Silly Squad' materials e.g. invitations and book displays. Are we allowed to use these?
A. We are hopeful there may be an opportunity to use these items in the coming months, but we kindly ask that you do not use/distribute them for the time being.
Q. Can we have access to 'Silly Squad 2020' online resources via our usual SRC Coordinator login?
A. Please bear with us, as the assets we usually make available are designed to enhance the Summer Reading Challenge print materials. A range of supporting assets will be available as part of the digital offer.
Q. We have already paid for 'Silly Squad' materials (in financial year 2019/20). Will money be refunded?
A. We anticipate that we will be able to distribute materials already paid for once current restrictions are relaxed. If your library service has already paid for print, we will be in touch in due course to discuss possible next steps, including extension to the new digital offer.
Q. We supplied a purchase order alongside our order of materials. Has payment been processed?
A. Unless you requested a pro forma invoice (for financial year 2019/20), payment for goods has not been processed.
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