What's on at your library

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – libraries

Belhus library, Corringham library and Grays library have reopened. Other libraries remain closed until further notice. You can access newspapers and magazines, get e-books and e-audio and take part in job club sessions online.

Go to our coronavirus (COVID-19) safety page for information on visiting re-opened libraries and items due for return. Items due between 1 January and 31 July have had their loan dates extended automatically to 1 September. Please do not put borrowed items in library book drops or letterboxes.

Children's Summer Reading Challenge

Reading throughout the summer is very important for children's development. A total of 722,731 children across the UK took part in the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge. Around 3,500 children took part in Thurrock, more than half of whom managed to read 6 or more books and received a medal. Many went on to get the limited edition Space Chase kit bag for reading 8 books.

Join the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge in 2020

'Silly Squad' is this year's Summer Reading Challenge, which takes place from 11 July to 12 September. It launched nationally on 5 June 2020.

It will be a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter. Children can join the Silly Squad, a crew of fun-loving animals who enjoy exploring lots of different types of funny books. Step inside their colourful funhouse for a side-splitting adventure celebrating the joy of reading – just watch out for a mysterious baddy who is up to no good!

The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge will run online rather than in local libraries this year.

Sign-up for online rewards at the Summer Reading Challenge website.

Choosing your books

Children are invited to explore with us and take up the challenge of reading 6 books over 6 weeks.

This year you can choose books from home – e-books from Borrowbox, as well as library books and audio books.

Keep in touch with Thurrock Libraries on Twitter and tell us your favourite books this summer.