Aberdeen Reads

Challenge yourself this summer!

This year we have a brand new reading challenge: Aberdeen Reads! The challenge is open to everyone, so get family and friends involved and encourage each other to keep reading over the Summer holidays! What’s more everyone who takes part in Aberdeen Reads will be entered into a prize draw, and those who complete 3 or more mini-challenges will be entered into an additional draw.

The challenge will run from Friday 5 July to Saturday 24 August. Pre-registration for the challenge will open on Saturday 22 June.

What will it involve and how do I take part?

  • The challenge is to read for at least 6 minutes every day. All kinds of reading will count: picture books, fiction, non-fiction, e-books, talking books, magazines, news articles…anything you enjoy!
  • Mini-challenges each week to help you explore the library and find new things to read. Keep an eye on Aberdeen City Libraries’ website and social media to discover the new challenges as they are announced each Saturday. 
  • Exciting free events will take place in libraries throughout the holidays for families taking part in the Challenge – don’t forget to book your place!

To join simply visit your local library

More information about registering and taking part can be found in the Aberdeen Reads FAQ

Once you've registered you can track your progress on our Aberdeen Reads 6 Minute Tracker.

Weekly mini challenges 

Check here every Saturday during the challenge to select a mini challenge to complete. Complete 3 or more to be entered into an additional prize draw. Track your progress on the Mini Challenge Tracker.


You can sign up for updates from Aberdeen Reads by registering for our newsletter and choosing to receive information from Aberdeen Libraries.

As part of Aberdeen Reads a number of story and activity sessions will take place at libraries across Aberdeen.

The sessions are for families and children aged 4-12 years and will include a story, which will count towards attendees’ daily 6 minutes of reading.  Each session will also include a fun activity. Dates and locations for the sessions are listed below but keep checking back as more may be added.


You'll also find information and photos on our social media pages.



  • Tuesday 9th July 2:30-3:30pm: Cornhill Library
  • Tuesday 9th July 2:30-3:30pm: Tillydrone Library 
  • Thursday 11th July 2:30-3:30pm: Woodside Library 
  • Thursday 11th July 2:15-3:15pm Airyhall Library
  • Friday 12th July 2:30-3:15pm: Kincorth Library
  • Monday 15th July 2:30-3:15pm: Mastrick Library
  • Monday 15th July 2:30-3:15pm: Dyce Library
  • Tuesday 16th July 2:30-3:15pm: Northfield Library
  • Tuesday 23rd July 2:30-3:15pm: Bridge of Don
  • Thursday 25th July 11:00am-12:00pm: Cults Library 
  • Tuesday 30th July 2:30-4:00pm: Cove Library 
  • Wednesday 31st July 11:00am-12:00pm: Culter Library
  • Thursday 1st August 2:30-4:00pm: Central Childrens Library
  • Monday 5th August 3:00-3:45pm: Bucksburn Library
  • Thursday 8th August 3:30-4:15pm: Kaimhill Library 
  • Friday 9th August 2:30-4:00pm: Torry Library 
  • Tuesday 13th August 3:30-4:15pm: Ferryhill Library

Regular Bookbug sessions will run at all libraries throughout summer. 

For details of dates and times of all sessions, please see the Bookbug sessions page

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