Julybrary – Teen Reading Challenge

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Take part in our Summer Reading Challenge

Are you aged between 13 and 17 and love talking about books? We’re excited to announce Julybrary – a bookish photo challenge lasting the whole of July!

Each day during the month of July, we'll be posting a prompt for a book-themed photo on our Instagram page. You need to get creative and take your own photo that fits the theme, it could be anything from a book you couldn’t put down, to your favourite reading spot.

To take part on Instagram:

Post your photo on Instagram using the hashtag #JulybraryChallenge and tag us @cwaclibraries. Please add a book review or description of your entry in the caption. You don’t have to have read all the books that you post – sharing what you’re excited to read next is great too!

If you don't have Instagram you can also upload your photos here on this website by selecting Competition. We'll be posting a full list of the themes at the beginning of the challenge. You can upload photos here that fit any theme alongside a brief book review or description of your photo.

There are also a number of online events running over the summer which you can participate in, just select the Online events tab below for further details.

Get involved now by selecting one of the tabs below.

Julybrary has now closed.

For details of what is currently happening in libraries, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Take part in our Summer Reading Challenge

Are you aged between 13 and 17 and love talking about books? We’re excited to announce Julybrary – a bookish photo challenge lasting the whole of July!

Each day during the month of July, we'll be posting a prompt for a book-themed photo on our Instagram page. You need to get creative and take your own photo that fits the theme, it could be anything from a book you couldn’t put down, to your favourite reading spot.

To take part on Instagram:

Post your photo on Instagram using the hashtag #JulybraryChallenge and tag us @cwaclibraries. Please add a book review or description of your entry in the caption. You don’t have to have read all the books that you post – sharing what you’re excited to read next is great too!

If you don't have Instagram you can also upload your photos here on this website by selecting Competition. We'll be posting a full list of the themes at the beginning of the challenge. You can upload photos here that fit any theme alongside a brief book review or description of your photo.

There are also a number of online events running over the summer which you can participate in, just select the Online events tab below for further details.

Get involved now by selecting one of the tabs below.

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    Below are 31 themes, one for each day of July.  Get creative and take your own photo that fits in with one of the themes, then upload it here, adding a brief book review or description. 

    You don’t have to have read all the books that you post about – sharing what you’re excited to read next is great too! At the end of July we'll be choosing our two favourite photos from the month and the winners will each receive a £20 book voucher. 

    Wed 1 A book that makes you happy
    Thu 2  #tbt - a book you loved when you were younger
    Fri 3 A book you're excited to read
    Sat 4 Favourite book couple
    Sun 5 Your favourite reading spot
    Mon 6 A book by a Black author
    Tue 7 Best opening line of a book
    Wed 8 A book that inspired you
    Thu 9 A recommended read
    Fri 10 A book you picked up because of the cover
    Sat 11 Recreate a book cover
    Sun 12 A book by your favourite author
    Mon 13 A book with a LGBTQ+ main character
    Tue 14 Favourite villain
    Wed 15 Books and animals
    Thu 16 A book in a genre you don't normally read
    Fri 17 A retelling of a classic story
    Sat 18 A non-fiction book
    Sun 19 Your favourite bookish item
    Mon 20 A book by someone different to you
    Tue 21 A mystery, suspense or thriller book
    Wed 22 A book that changed your mind
    Thu 23 A book set in a different country
    Fri 24 A comic or graphic novel
    Sat 25 Bookface
    Sun 26 A book about nature, climate or environment
    Mon 27 Favourite book-to-film adaptation
    Tue 28 A book that surprised you
    Wed 29 Favourite drink or snack whilst reading
    Thu 30 Favourite series
    Fri 31 Your all-time favourite book


    Click ‘add an idea’ to upload a photo. Add a title and then write a review or description in the description box.

    • The closing date is 7 August
    • You need to live within the boundaries of Cheshire West and Chester Council, be aged 13 to 18 years old, and be a member of Cheshire West and Chester Libraries in order to win
    • If you’re not already a member, make sure you have your parent’s or guardian’s permission and join online here
    • If you don’t want to submit your entry below, you can post it to: Summer Reading Challenge, Ellesmere Port Library, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BG
    • Winners will be announced in September and contacted by the email address used to register for this site
    • You can view the full terms and conditions of the competition here.
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