Mythical Maze in Merton Libraries

This year’s ‘Mythical Maze’ Summer Reading Challenge kicked off on 12 July and Merton Libraries are encouraging all 4-11 year olds to get involved.

Merton Abbey Primary School Asifa Nasar, Elina Guida, Summer Fieldhouse and Bailey Stanford-Shepard pupils signing up to the challenge with Councillor Nick Draper

Merton Abbey Primary School pupils Asifa Nasar, Elina Guida, Summer Fieldhouse and Bailey Stanford-Shepard signing up to the challenge with Councillor Nick Draper

Following the success of last year’s challenge, when a record number of 6,313 children took part, the council’s library service expects over 8,000 children to participate this year. The challenge encourages children to read six books over the summer and they can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books – just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

Children will receive rewards as they work their way through the challenge and there’s a medal, certificate and a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes for everyone completing the challenge. As part of the rewards, Merton Libraries has teamed up with Chipotle Mexican Grill in Wimbledon to give every child that completes the challenge a free meal. Chipotle is also offering the top three schools with the most Summer Reading Challenge completers the chance to bring up to 40 pupils from each school to their Wimbledon restaurant to have a tour and take part in a guacamole making demonstration and as well as having a free lunch. Other prizes from sponsors WHS, Elys and Debenhams include electronic gadgets, shopping vouchers, theatre tickets, a fun day out and much more.

With themed events taking place over the summer holidays, each library will be hosting a launch event on 12 July to kick off the Summer Reading Challenge and tell everyone about the theme and characters.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all children and is designed for all reading abilities.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said: ‘Many of our most dedicated and active library members in the borough are children and we are encouraging all Merton’s schoolchildren to take part in this year’s challenge. Merton’s libraries are full of wonderful children’s books and there are also some fantastic free activities laid on by our libraries during the holidays. And – if you’re a young person reading this – the smelly stickers you get as prizes each time you read two more books are great!  Check out the yeti smell – but you’ll have to read the books first!’

Jacob Sumner, Lead Restaurateur at Chipotle comments: ‘We are committed to being part of our local community, and through our partnership with Merton Libraries are proud to support the Summer Reading Challenge 2014.’

Summer Reading Challenge events

Event Library Date
Princess and the Dragon A show from TITCH (Travelling Interactive Theatre for Children). Courage is required to challenge the fire-breathing dragon. The kingdom needs a hero. Are you ready to join the quest?Ask a member of staff to book your child’s place. Mitcham Library Wednesday 23 July, 11am
Colour the unicorn Suitable for children under 6 years of age Pollards Hill Library Saturday 26 July, 2pm
Children’s art Mythical Maze themed art for children. West Barnes Library Saturday 26 July, 2-4pm
Summer Reading ‘Medusa Mask-making’If you like snakes and turning people to stone, then this one’s for you!

Booking required.

Morden Library Monday 28 July, 11am – 12pm
Polka Theatre Mythical Maze workshop  Mitcham Library Wednesday 30 July, 10am-11am
Malteser Mazes  Mitcham Library Wednesday 6 August, 10am-11am
Anansi Spiders  Anansi was a cheeky, crafty spider who got up to mischief. Join us to create your own hairy creepy crawly. Morden Library Thursday 7 August, 10am – 12pm
Read aloud Mythical themed story time for children. West Barnes Library Monday 11 August, 2-2.30pm
Carnival Masks  Mitcham Library Wednesday 13 August, 10am-11am
Troll-making Create your own grumpy troll. Morden Library Thursday 14 August, 2-3pm
Children’s craft Mythical Maze themed craft for children (masks). West Barnes Library Saturday 16 August, 2-4pm
Read aloud Mythical themed story time for children. West Barnes Library Monday 18 August, 2-2.30pm
POLKA Theatre ‘Mythical Maze Workshop’A fun and interactive drama and movement workshop based on the themes of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge: Mythical Maze. Booking required. Morden Library Thursday 21 August, 11am-12pm
Children’s craft Mythical Maze themed craft event for children. West Barnes Library Thursday 21 August, 2-4pm
I can draw mythical creatures Mitcham Library Wednesday 20 and 27 August, 10am-11am
Cyclops mask-making Why did the Cyclops close his school? Because he only had one pupil. Booking required. Morden Library Thursday 28 August, 11am-12pm




To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge events taking place over the coming months and how your child can get involved, visit, call 01159 293388 or visit your local library.