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Library book order and collect service

Find out how to order and collect books whilst we remain closed. For all other service changes, go to our service updates page.

Summer Reading Challenge

Take part in The Reading Agency’s free digital Summer Reading Challenge 2020! Celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter and join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all sorts of funny books! Suitable for ages 4-11 years.


Silly Squad – Summer Reading Challenge 2020
The Silly Squad website has a host of fun activities, including a safe sign up process and a personal profile area where you can set reading goals, review books and find books to read. You can also chat to friends in the forum, play games, download and print activities, take part in mini competitions, achieve rewards and unlock content.

Let's Get Silly

The 2020 Challenge has launched with a virtual ‘Let’s Get Silly!’ programme running from the Summer Reading Challenge’s Facebook page. The launch will feature special readings, family activities and draw-a-longs from guest celebrities and authors.

Watch a great video of Leicester Patron of Reading and local children’s author Steve Skidmore on YouTube, introducing this year’s Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge and showing you around the website.


The Big Veg Takedown
'The Online Adventures of Walter Lemonface' is an animated, interactive story where you decide what happens next! Join brave explorer Walter Lemonface on a new animated adventure full of colourful characters, mysterious happenings… and lots of lemony goodness! There is an opportunity for you to suggest what happens next, and as well as the animations, each episode will be accompanied by a series of creative activities to unleash the imagination.

Get Up and Go

Get Up and Go is back this summer with an online programme of fun activities for you to try at home. There’s a poster and certificate that you can use to get inspired and rewarded for your efforts! Download all you need to take part on our families website.

Libraries from home

Although library buildings are closed, you can still borrow lots of eBooks and eComics for free online, go to our Libraries from home page to find out more.

If you are already a Leicester libraries member, use your library card number and PIN to borrow books. If you are not yet a member, join a library now - it's easy!

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 Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020