Children invited to space-themed celebration to mark the completion of The Hull fREADom Quest 2019

Children who participated in this year’s Hull fREADom Quest at the
Children’s Library, Central Library, Hull. Photo: Tom Arran

It’s official, Hull readers are out of this world, as this year saw 1,200 children from across Hull sign up to participate in the Hull fREADom Quest, taking up the challenge to read six books over the summer holidays. 

In celebration, children who completed the Quest are invited to attend a special space-themed event at Hull City Hall this Sunday – all children who completed the Quest are being encouraged to grab their free tickets now! 

At the event they will be entertained by Nick Arnold, author of the Horrible Science series of books, who will take part in live experiments on stage; Cosmic Carol from Lab Rascals who will present her fun and fact filled ‘Space and Solar System‘ talk; while The Herd actor Finn McGuigan will swap his Slime caterpillar outfit for a space suit as he becomes the astronaut from the popular children’s book, The Man on the Moon.

Hull Libraries is once again leading the way as it continues with its summer reading Quest, developed especially for children in the city, featuring Hull-themed characters they helped create for the first Quest in 2017. 

The fREADom Quest was launched at the beginning of the school summer holidays, with children from across the city invited to visit their local library, read a book and collect a character sticker and a stamp for their space-themed Quest booklet. 

Marking 50 years since the first Moon landing, this year’s Quest saw Hull’s libraries transform into a moonscape with a crew of space-ready characters and stories ready to transport readers out of this world and into a universe for even the most curious imaginations. 

Principal Librarian at Hull Libraries, Christine Hill, said: “The fREADom Quest is an opportunity for children to dive deep into their imaginations each summer and take a step into their local library to see what they’ll discover.

“Each year we offer an action-packed programme of activities for children and their families, most of which are free, keeping them busy over the summer while learning new skills and experiencing some incredible stories. We’re delighted that so many children took part and looking forward to celebrating their achievements this Sunday.”

With literacy levels on the decline in Hull and across the country, books and reading is more important than ever. 

Christine Hill added: “Thankfully, in Hull we’ve seen an increase in children’s book borrowing, with numbers going up in the summer, but we’d love to see even more children and their families join the library, explore new worlds and ignite their imaginations. While there is a world of books to dive into, books aren’t the only things on offer, there is so much more to explore at the library, whether that’s learning a new skill in the Makerspace, borrowing DVDs or meeting new friends at our many activity sessions. A whole world awaits for Hull’s young people.”

The celebration event takes place 2-4pm on Sunday 6 October 2019 at Hull City Hall. Free tickets can be booked online: or by calling the City Hall Box Office on 01482 300 306.

[Laura Andrew – Home PR]