Southwark Libraries Winter Book Challenge

Southwark Libraries Winter Book Challenge runs from 10 December 2018 to 28 February 2019. It’s a great chance for children and young people to try new books and challenge themselves to read more.

Are you up to the challenge?

You can register to take part in any Southwark Library, Any book borrowed and read before the end of February will count towards the challenge, but we also have some recommendations for all ages.

There are three age categories for the Winter Book Challenge:

Ages four and under
We would like to encourage parents and carers to read to their child or children every day. On registering parents will be given a reading log to record the date and name of the books read to their child. Return the reading log to the library by 28 February to be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 Early Learning Centre voucher. Children in this age group will receive a certificate for taking part in the challenge.

Ages five to 11 years
Children in this age group are challenged to read ten books during the winter months. They will receive their reading log when they register and a sticker for each book they read. Children in this age group will also receive a certificate if they complete the challenge.

Ages 12 to 17 years
Young people in this age group are challenged to read 5 books during the winter months. Once registered they will receive their reading log. Those who read five books and report back to the library by 28 February 2019 will be entered into a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers.

All children and young people who take part in the challenge must:

  • be a member of a Southwark Library
  • make sure that all books read during the challenge are borrowed from a Southwark Library
  • register to take part in the challenge.

Your local library in SE16 and SE1


The Blue Anchor | Market Place, Southwark Park Road, SE16 3UQ

How to get there

Bus: 1, P12, 381 | Tube: Bermondsey

Opening times

  • Monday 9am to 7pm
  • Tuesday 9am to 7pm
  • Wednesday closed
  • Thursday 9am to 7pm
  • Friday 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday closed

Canada Water Library | 21 Surrey Quays Road London SE16 7AR

How to get there

Tube: Canada Water, Surrey Quays
Train: South Bermondsey
Bus: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12

Opening times

Ground floor lobby (Culture Cafe, internet, book returns and quick choice selections)

  • Monday 8am to 8pm
  • Tuesday 8am to 8pm
  • Wednesday 8am to 8pm
  • Thursday 8am to 8pm
  • Friday 8am to 8pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 10am to 4pm

Main library

  • Monday 9am to 8pm
  • Tuesday 9am to 8pm
  • Wednesday 9am to 8pm
  • Thursday 9am to 8pm
  • Friday 9am to 8pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 12noon to 4pm

John Harvard | 211 Borough High Street London SE1 1JA

How to get there

Tube: Borough or London Bridge
Train: London Bridge
Bus: 21, 35, 40, 133, 343

Opening times

  • Monday 9am to 7pm
  • Tuesday 9am to 7pm
  • Wednesday 9am to 7pm
  • Thursday 9am to 7pm
  • Friday 9am to 7pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 12 noon to 4pm

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