A READING challenge inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing will be launched in Halton next week.

The theme of Halton Borough Council Libraries' 'out of this world' scheme is Space Chase, taking place from Monday (July 22).

Children taking part in the challenge will join its super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!

Halton Borough Council's executive board member for Libraries, Cllr Phil Harris, said: "It's easy to take part! Simply sign up to the Space Chase from the Monday July 22 and then read six books over the summer.

"They can be story books, information books, talking books, ebooks or eaudio books!

"Log them in your Space Chase reading log and collect stickers and prizes along the way from the library. "

If you complete the challenge you will receive a special Space Chase medal and certificate.

For more details, see


Sign up at any Halton Library.

Activites are organised through the summer at each.

There are more than 100 activities taking place across Halton’s libraries this summer!

See the website for more details or pick up a copy of the fantastic summer programme from any library.

Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC.

Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later.