What's on at your library

East Tilbury, Grays and Blackshots libraries

East Tilbury library will be closed all day on Saturday 16 October. Grays library will close at 5pm on Thursday 21 October. Blackshots library will be closed all day on Saturday 23 October. We apologise for any inconvenience.

You can still order and renew library items online or use libraries order and collect to ask our staff to choose items.

Children's Summer Reading Challenge

Reading throughout the summer is very important for children's development – and it's fun! A total of 722,731 children across the UK took part in the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge, including around 3,500 children from Thurrock. In 2020, the Summer Reading Challenge went online and, in 2021, children could take part either online or in their local library again.

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

The Summer Reading Challenge for 2021 was 'Wild World Heroes'.

We are working to send certificates to schools by the end of October for all those who completed the challenge – that is, those who read 6 books or more.

Summer Reading Challenge school shield

Our Summer Reading Challenge school shield is awarded to the school that has the most students finishing the challenge in comparison to the number of students who could take part.

We will announce the 2021 winner at the end of October 2021. The successful school will get to keep the shield until July 2022.

In 2019, the shield was won by Woodside Academy, Grays.

You can help your school win the Summer Reading Challenge this year. Every school in Thurrock, whether big or small, has an equal chance to have its name put on the shield and keep it for the year.